As I have progressed through my 8 week workout plan the soreness and stiffness has started to become more like aches and pains. I stretch before and after each workout. However, for the past few days I have also needed to ice my knees multiple times a day and cover my legs and feet in tiger balm, which is like icy hot or ben-gay. On Friday, one of my co-workers stopped in the middle if our telecom with US Government to ask what the smell was in our conference room. It was me! I smell like a nursing home! I guess stinkiness is the price I have to pay in order to become a healthier me.
I was so proud to have reached my workout milestone yesterday but unfortunately for me the rest of the day was spent in discomfort. I was barely able to go up and down steps without wincing from the pain. Last night I fell asleep with an ice pack strapped to my knee. I woke up still very sore which I took as my body’s way of telling me i needed to slow down before I do some serious damage.
Last Christmas, I suffered a small cartilage tear in my right knee and I don’t want to risk an injury that could end up sidelining me from working out for a substantial amount of time. I also don’t want to stop working out because I feel I am making great progress and don’t want to lose momentum. So I wanted to think of a way to keep to my plan and take it a little easier to help out my knee.
If you have been following my blog then you know I gave myself 16 weeks to complete the 8 week workout plan. I knew that 8 weeks was unrealistic given the fact that I am fat and out of shape. So far I have completed the first two weeks but I fear if I push through the next week I will seriously hurt myself. So starting Tuesday, I am going to restart the program. I think the easier workouts will help provide some relief while still getting the activity level I need. I hope that in two weeks I will be stronger and healthier and ready to progress to the next level.
I don’t look at this as a sign of weakness or failure but rather as a sign of progress and growth- I am making a smart decision that will help my body recover while still maintaining a healthy diet and a fitness routine. I hope you view this decision the same way and continue to support me on my journey. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon and I am in it til the end!
Thanks for reading!