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Been keeping up with my 'homework' exercises for my PT on my knee. Friday (most of the day) and Saturday morning has been hard since I do my wash on Fridays. That involves carrying my wash hamper downstairs and over to the complex laundromat. I do get a bit of walking in because of that. But that's one of the reasons I'm getting physical therapy. It's improved a bit this afternoon but I haven't really started my bulk of my PT, just had the evaluation this past Tuesday and started with the first few exercises to strengthen my knee and leg muscles. I just want to stop the pain and stop using the cane. I like having both hands free.

Been eating a bit better, mostly during the week. Although I have sorta developed a craving for the mixed veggies I've picked up. I add a bit of cheese to them but that pretty much makes my dinner for the evenings.
 

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Ow. Ow. Ow. I hate changeable weather. My knee hurts more on days like today when it's raining or a front's coming through. At least I've been keeping up with my exercises.
 

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Had my first actual PT session. I think it went well although it ran longer than I thought it would. Learned one more exercise I need to do at home. Those are pretty easy to do, so are easy to keep up with. My leg is a bit sore but not entirely too painful. I'm wondering if I lost any weight yet, although if I did, it's probably mostly water weight at this point.
 

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Had my second PT session yesterday and my leg's still a bit sore. The PT session was in the evening so that's probably the reason. But I don't have any more PT (other than the homework exercises) until next week. At this point, most of the stuff I'm doing in PT can be done at home except for the things that require actual machines (such as the stair stepper).

I think I'm sleeping a bit better, probably due to the exercise. But we'll see.
 

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Keeping up with my 'homework' exercises. Friday was actually a good day, despite having to lug my laundry hamper up and down the stairs. My leg didn't hurt in the evening the way it did the week before. Now my knee is only twinging and feels a bit tight. I think it still needs strengthening so I'm going to continue going to PT.

Been trying to eat better, at least during the week. Weekends are my day to 'indulge' but I'll try and cut back on that eventually.
 

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Argh! Changeable weather and rain definitely affect my knee. I'm just glad I've been doing my exercises at home daily. I might not have done them so diligently if it weren't for the PT. Knowing I'm being held accountable by someone else does help with the mindset needed to do the work. I think I may have lost a few pounds the last two weeks, since I've started the exercises. The PT sessions help because that's two hours a week of various exercises and such. At this point, it's more strengthening but my therapist mentioned wanting to get more cardio exercises eventually. Then again, I do want to lose the weight to take the pressure off my knees. Hopefully, the gym at my complex will open up more once I'm done with the initial therapy. If nothing else, I will be better on the machines when it does open. Right now, it's open by appointment and I'm sure it probably fills up fast.

I may take a look to see if the yoga place nearby is open and has space in the intro yoga class. That might be easier on my joints, especially if I mention the issues with my knees. I recently bought some yoga pants but they need to be hemmed. Trying to find stuff for my height is an issue and worse, given my current weight.
 

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Ren there are so many workouts you can do at home with no equipment or something simple like the resistance bands. If you don't have resistance bands, consider them, they take up NO space (maybe a shoe box). You don't need handles or gadgets, just the stretchy band itself, I see a set of 3 on Amazon for under $10. Just search on Youtube "beginner workout no equipment". Try different things and see what you like. It's also good to try now because you can ask the PTs questions (while you are still seeing them) if you think a particular exercise might be unsuitable.
 

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dlr - I did get a couple of elastic bands from the PT sessions but I may look at what's out there. I can probably pick up exercise bands from the local sporting goods store. I like to have the ability to try things out before I purchase things for the first time. Thanks for the idea, though. I'm just concerned about doing things in my apartment since I live on the top floor.
 

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Had 'back-to-back' sessions this week (5:30 pm Wednesday / 8 am Thursday). So I'm a bit sore. Thankfully, the rest of the schedule is more manageable. I do need to look into how the gym at my complex is handling people coming in. I think we have to make an appointment for that. My therapist wants me to do riding the stationary bike 2x's a week. I did ask about the small pedaling machines but she prefers the stationary bikes in the gym.
 

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Another PT session this morning. I have a regular schedule going forward - Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings. I had thought to do it in the evenings but the only other evening sessions available are on Fridays. I originally thought that would be fine but changed my mind once I started my PT. Fridays are hard enough with having to do my wash and lugging around my hamper.

Did a bit of stress eating yesterday due to the miscommunication about when the mattress was supposed to arrive. Ended up hungry since I had planned to go get a bagel right after the mattress was originally scheduled to arrive. Then again, I didn't have dinner later that even so the only meal I had was lunch. But I seem to be getting used to smaller meals, at least in the evening. That's likely a benefit.

On the other hand, one of the vendors at the local farmer's market mentioned it looked like I was losing weight. Likely losing inches at this point, more than points. But we've been friendly for years so she likely can tell if it looks like I've slimmed down.
 

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Had my PT this week. Things are getting better but I'm sure it'll still take time to get back to normal. Still get some twinges, especially with changeable weather.

On the other hand, some of my jeans do feel looser. I do think I've lost a few pounds as well, according to the scale.
 

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Another session of PT done. My knee's a bit twingy today. It tends to get twingy when the weather is changeable. Today is really windy and I think there's a front coming through.

Didn't have dinner yesterday. I had lunch and wasn't hungry later.
 

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Another PT session done yesterday. My knee's feeling a lot less twingy. They started to include a knee stretch which I think helped a bit. That and I probably overdid things over the weekend. Probably pushed myself walking without taking enough breaks.
 

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Another PT session this morning. We're focusing on a different set of muscles to address my limp. I think I've had a bit of a limp or at least leaned a bit while walking, even before my knee issues. Other than that, my knee itself seems to be doing a lot better than when I first started.
 

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Got new 'homework' exercises for the days I don't have PT. Switched a couple of exercises I had been doing for others that focus on different sets of muscles. The knee pain is mostly gone except for when I overdo things or on more twisty knee movements. So now it's more a case of strengthening the muscles of the leg, mostly to keep me from limping (more like waddling :lol:).

Not sure if I've lost any actual pounds but I probably have gained some muscle between the PT and the homework exercises. I do want to get my walks in more often.
 

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Glad to hear that your knee is feeling better, you will be back to your regular walks in no time.

Got my workout in this morning, I haven't been working out due to no time when I had foster dog #2 here. No excuses now.
 

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Rabbit, hope you can get your exercise in more regularly.

I got a walk in yesterday evening. It was really nice out so the walk was nice. We're supposed to get rain today so I'm glad I have my PT session today. Walking in heavy rain is annoying, especially with all the fallen leaves.
 

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Had a doctor's appointment this afternoon, the first since I started PT. I haven't lost any weight, although I'm not entirely sure since I missed lunch before the last appointment and had lunch before this one. Not sure if that affects anything. One good thing is that my blood pressure has improved (the top number dropped ~20 points since last time, not sure about the bottom number) but it isn't where my PCP wants it to be. Personally, I'm still pleased because it improved with only 5 weeks of PT and the homework exercises. So I wonder how much more of an improvement I'll see in my next appointment. One good thing is I can do about half the exercises I do at my PT at home if I need to. (Only doing about 4 exercises at home right now with some walking as well.)
 
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