'Woe is Knee'


As I've mentioned previously, my left knee has been plagued with problems since the very end of April.  Both Billy @ DIAKADI and the massage therapists I've seen have been thinking the problem is muscular, as opposed to a problem with a joint or ligament. One thing that's become obvious (with some detective work) is that my left hamstring is often very tight, and the knee feels better almost immediately when my hamstring has been stretched really well.  Billy's been absolutely brilliant about modifying exercises on the fly when they seem to agitate the knee.  If I do an exercise that bothers my knee, Billy will immediately figure out a way to do something similar that works around the painful muscles (or perhaps works the same muscles in different ways.)  It's times like this where I wonder what I would be doing if I weren't working out with a trainer.  I'm sure there are times where I'd hurt myself.  (I'm really good at that!)

Billy's been curious if my body's got some structural issues, i.e. maybe I have a leg that is a little longer than the other, and that's the cause of my body's imbalance. So on Thursday, he started making a structural map for my body.  He did this by measuring my hip heights (iliac crest) and shoulder heights (acromioclavicular joint), measuring the lengths of my shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur), and checking my occiput and temporal bone positions as well.  He'll use this information to come up with a game plan for my next six week workout plan, which will hopefully help restore some muscular and structural balance to my body.

On the nutrition and food front, I am continuing to be fascinated by my changing palette.  Heavy foods now feel ingloriously heavy, I am finding that when I "save" some allocations for a special dessert (or a dessert I previously felt to be special), I am simply not enjoying it as much as I used to.  I am both saddened and pleased by this result, for reasons that should be obvious.  I think my behavior changes with eating have become largely instinctive, when I eat out (which I still do frequently) I'm less tempted by heavier, greasier, fattier foods and more inclined to choose something lighter because I don't want to get that stuffed-and-bloated feeling that I've lived with constantly for the last two decades.  This reminds me what a few friends have told me, that they stopped eating meat (or gluten) because of the way it made them feel.  I used to think, "whatever, food is food, it all makes me feel the same" but now I'm realizing that it does not all feel the same.  I think back to the way I used to eat and I'm astonished that I used to eat so much, so often.  I'm still a fan of the occasional big meal (a recent excursion to House of Prime Rib comes to mind), but I'm now realizing that I used to eat too much at nearly every meal, and I wasn't really all aware of it, even when my body would tell me so by requiring a nap or making me otherwise feel sluggish.

It's amazing how your perception of your age-old habits can change so much in a relatively short time.

Author: Commit to Fit 2011 Winner, Dave McKew