A quick video on why it's important to schedule time for yourself and not just try and fit it into your schedule.
Try making a calendar with your "you time" activity, and truly make it a priority for yourself.
Everyone is different. The word individual is key. No two people are the EXACT same, even twins, they might be pretty dang close, but their personalities are different. Basically, no one is just like you or me. We are all unique. My weightless journey is not the same as yours. We might have similarities, but we are all slightly different. I have been struggling since I was 13 to lose weight. My most recent effort has been over the past two years. I have tried to go to many people, I have seen people say they can promise I will lose 10-15 lbs, but guess what, I didn't. And it wasn't because they didn't have good advice, but that their advice didn't work for my body. My body is currently yelling at me that something is wrong. Over the past 2 months, I had one person mention that a reaction I was having on my ear, might be from what I am putting into my body. That was the first step in the right direction that I have had in a LONG time. Well yesterday I made a video to share a little bit about what is going on. I don't talk about what might be the cause yet, because I have some experimenting to do and I just need to figure stuff out, but what I thought was healthy and good, my body didn't like it. I actually thought the issue was broccoli at first, based on how I felt after I ate it, but turns out, it's not broccoli, phew. I like broccoli and it is so easy to cook. But either way, the point is that no one knows what is going on with you. If someone promises they can do something, just know that they might not be able to help, but they also might. It's worth a shot, but at the same time, worth remembering that you aren't alone. There are lot's of people who have this struggle and I hope we all can start figuring out what is going on within our bodies to help us on this journey.
Let me start by saying that I am NOT a miracle worker. I am also not claiming to be 100% better. Let me tell you what happened.
On Thursday, I was on my knees for about 60 minutes, and I couldn't avoid it. I even had my knees on a soft surface.
Friday, when I was in bed, I realized it hurt to bend and straighten my knee in bed. I got out of bed, limped around, and realized I couldn't even activate my knee muscles (quads) without pain. I had to go to work, where I would be on my feet all day, and was not excited about it. When I got to work, I asked my aide if he would be able to help me with demonstrating exercises to patients so that I wouldn't hurt myself further. He was more than happy to help, so THANK YOU to him. I limped around the clinic and tried to stay off of it the best I could. Between every patient that I could manage, I grabbed some ice and elevated and iced my knee. I managed to fit that in twice during my work day. Since I am a Physical Therapist, I knew exactly what to do for my knee. I started with trying to move my knee cap (patella) a little and making sure it still moved. Then I tried activating certain muscles and so forth. I did everything I could think of. I also used some kinesiotape. When I got home, I iced. The method I used for taping my knee pain can be found here.
Saturday, my knee was a tiny bit better. I was still limping around, not doing much. I continued to do the things I mentioned above. This was the same for Sunday. Each day a tiny bit better than the day before.
Monday, my fiancé and I had a friend visiting. I was still limping around, but it wasn't nearly as bad as it was on Friday. I continued to do the same exercises mentioned above.
Tuesday, again, slightly better, able to walk with less of limp, and kept icing and strengthening certain muscles. By today, I was finally able to straighten my knee all the way. YAY!!
Wednesday, like Tuesday, except now I could ALSO go UP AND DOWN stairs almost like a normal person. This was awesome. I am still not 100%, but pretty darn close. Watch the video for my explanation of what my knee felt like and to see how I changed from Friday to Wednesday.
My name's Amanda and this is a blog about my story and my life. My hope is to motivate some of you to get going on your weight-loss journey as well as help people along the way. If you have questions about how to get started, or anything else, feel free to ask.