So, you know how I said I had an appointment on Tuesday morning? Well, I had the same exact appointment yesterday. And I’ll be repeating those appointment almost every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of February.
Any guesses as to what these elusive appointments are? No peeking at the post subject title that already gave it away!
Physical Therapy! Hooray!
I cannot tell you how excited I am to have begun PT. I really felt as though my doctors failed me in treating my knee. I was told simply to lose weight, stop running and ignore the clicking and crunching in my knee.
But, you know what? I really just wasn’t satisfied with that. So, I got in touch with the orthopedic surgeon I’d most recently gone to, asked for a PT prescription, and waited patiently until the PT place in which I was interested could take on new clients.
The first date available was this past Tuesday and I am on cloud nine about it. My physical therapist is awesome. She is smart and close in age to me, and she completely understands because she has knee issues, herself. Not only that, but she has actually explained to me what my problems are and why all of these injuries happened, which is something not a single doctor did for me. I find it kind of flabbergasting that none of the doctors ever bothered to watch me walk.
Anyway, the point is: I’m in love with PT.
So far, we’ve taped my knee two different ways, taped one of my feet to see if a different arch worked better for me (crazy), and honed in on the fact that my quads are super strong but my glutes are super weak – a combination which, along with my alignment, seems to be the primary reason for which my runner’s knee happened in the first place.
Oh, and I have a new frenemy (friend-enemy, for those of you not in the know) :
The Foam Roller.
Dun dun dun….
No, but seriously, this innocent-looking piece of foam brings such a WORLD OF PAIN! I bought one yesterday, after using it each time at PT, and… honestly, I haven’t worked myself toward it yet. I will, tonight, but… eesh. That shiz hurts.
Anyway, food-wise, this means you’ll likely be seeing variations of OOIAJ every Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks.
Into the mix went:
- the PB in the jar (not much!)
- 1/3 cup oats
- 1/3 cup 2% plain Greek yogurt (TJ’s)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 dashes cinnamon
- 1 dash Splenda
- pinch chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground blueberry flaxseed
- 1/3 banana, mashed in
- frozen berries, mixed in
This was the first time I incorporated the fruit into the mixture. I liked it, but I think I much prefer fresh fruit on top.
So. The big question.
Do you use foam rollers? And, dear God, do you have any tips?