I had the second session of physical therapy today. It is going very well. The cycling I did before the injury and the hiking and walking I continued to do after the injury gave me strong legs and that has proven to be a big positive in coming back from the surgery.
I cycled for 40 minutes on the recumbent exercise cycle and then did a series of leg and knee exercises. The knee feels really good all things considered and I think I may be able to cycle in a couple of weeks or so. I won’t push it but I will work to make it happen.
I had myself in a panic yesterday. The inactivity leads to boredom and boredom leads to eating… I feel I overate yesterday and my calorie count was higher than normal but I ate “right”: Fruits, vegetables, fish…. I have to watch this and not get stupid and lazy about controlling the urges and resisting the temptations.
Today, with the 40 minutes on the bike and the other exercises, a light breakfast and a light lunch I will be in good shape for dinner out with Missus and a good lean day.
My weight this morning was the same as yesterday morning. This is a good thing. I am still under 200 pounds but I am not making progress towards the 195…
I really like the PT. Is that strange? It hurts. The body is not accustomed to this and the knee is really not in the mood, but I am enjoying it. The people there are nice, we exchanged stories about this and that while getting me to do things that I have not done in years if ever.
If gyms were like this I would go…
I love this time of year. The cooler weather and the leaves changing color. It is a great time to cycle. Warmer clothes, gloves, a cap under the helmet and we are good to go. What is harder is eating the way we do. Farm fresh vegetables become harder to find and more expensive, the farmers markets close down for the year, the brain looks for comfort foods as life moves indoors. This time of year I start making soups on the weekends. I am rethinking my recipes. How can I remove the roux made with butter and flour? What do I use to replace the pork and beef?
Squash soup made its way in to my menu last winter and I have already made a pot this year. The different squash: Butternut, Kabocha and Acorn, roasted in the oven, mixed with vegetable broth and some spices. Pureed… Delicious….
The bike goes on the wind trainer soon. I have to keep the work up even when the weather keeps me indoors. I will soon be living part-time out of a hotel and so the challenge to eat right and stay fit begins.
All of these are thoughts I work through my head every day. How, when, what, why…..
It still comes down to planning everything. If I allow myself to “freestyle” meal time I can get myself in to trouble. I still fight making bad decisions about what to eat if the “wrong” foods are available and I have not thought far enough ahead. Last night was a good example. Missus and the younger went out for a mom-son night. Dinner and shopping.
I stayed home with the older one and made myself dinner. And I overate. I had made some homemade pasta the night before and we had leftovers. I had some pasta, and some salmon and some bread and….
Mostly fine. Just too much of the foods I try not to indulge in: bread and pasta. They are NOT bad for you. The calorie density is my only concern. My dinner last night came out to 1400 calories and I never have meals that large. I just didn’t give enough thought to dinner. I have to be careful about this.
So I got in a good session of PT, the knee is responding, the fitness is good, the body and the mind are still in agreement. The Black Dog is nowhere in sight…
I can’t wait to get back on the bike…..