Okay, I didn't make it to the gym today because I was in and out throughout the day but I did stretch and do my daily yoga pose (I'm doing a 1-week Spoonie challenge on Instagram) and did some rethinking about both my workout and something that I eat.
I've been having a lot of issues with my right knee and that was a big part to both changes. I'm not even sure what's going on with it because it's my "good" knee (go figure). Last week I woke up one morning in some serious pain on the right side of the knee and just assumed I slept on it funny but it wouldn't go away. And then, when it would eventually go away through the day, it would come back overnight as I slept (it was so bad the night before last that it woke me up three times from the pain) so I did some research and talked with some low carb/keto people and here's what I came up so far...
1) Last night I slept with a pillow beneath the hurting knee and that really helped (although my lower back wasn't thrilled with the arrangement) so this week we're going to order a new topper for the bed to make it more comfortable. I think part of it is that I've always had joint issues and another part is that the more fat I lose from around my joints, the more it hurts to sleep on them.
2) A few people on the keto board I belong to suggested that I could be having inflammation from something I'm eating so they recommended cutting out fake sugars and alcohol sugars. I thought about that and realized that, actually, my thighs and hips hurt less now that I've cut back on the Enlightened bars and the chocolate that's sweetened with sugar alcohols so they may be on to something. So I'm going to cut all those foods out for the next several weeks and see what happens. Yeah, I'll miss the low carb/low sugar treats (especially the ice cream) but I'd rather not feel more pain than eat them. And if I want some chocolate I can go back to having one small, weighed piece when I can fit it in and it can be real stuff, not the fake sugar/sugar alcohol stuff and that's probably healthier for me anyway.
3) I'm cutting my workouts back to upper body machines (plus planks and cardio) one day and lower body machines (plus abs, planks and cardio) on the others. The machines will protect my joints and simplify my workout weeks. Since I'm just getting restarted at the gym, it's probably a good way for me to go and I'm looking forward to it. Once I'm feeling stronger and my body is ready for more, I'll switch to something else. I'm planning on going back to the gym tomorrow and doing the upper body day which gives my knee more time to rest. Plus, if I try an exercise for the lower body and it hurts my knee I can always switch to something different. My workouts will depend on what my body can handle and what it can't.
I also read that the Arc Trainer may be easier on my knees than the treadmill for cardio so I may stick with a treadmill for the warm up (nice and slow) but focus on the Arc Trainer for the main cardio sections.
So, that's pretty much it and I'll see how it goes and evaluate based on how my body responds!