Initially, this felt like a big setback to me. But what I'm coming to realize is that there's more than one way to reach my goals. This flare up is really just an opportunity for me to be more creative in how I get there! So here's what I'm doing...
- STRETCHING...STRETCHING...and more STRETCHING!!! Not only does this feel good, but it is necessary to help my knees continue to be functional. Therefore, I'm doing it. A lot!
- Low intensity walking or biking...my current directions from Angie are no more than a 5/10 on the pain scale. I am very familiar with what this feels like and when I hit this level, I stop. Period. I can push through pain that is less than a 5, but for now, I can't push past it.
- Strength training...remember, muscle burns more calories than fat does while doing absolutely nothing. Angie already taught us that lesson! So I'm focusing on building more muscles. That's what all those ab crunches are about. My abdominal muscles are SCREAMING at me right now...but they're strengthening! And having my body work for me rather than against me in burning calories is a great thing.