My workout tools and my aching knees

Here’s what I’m using right now – my brand new Asics Gel Kushon 2 running shoes, Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day shred DVD, a yoga mat and a pair of 2 lb free weights.

I just got the shoes yesterday at Kohl’s. Already I can feel a difference… the gel cushioning is great for shock absorption, which, let’s be honest… when you weigh 267 and you’re jumping around, there’s BOUND to be some stress to the knees and ankles. I’m hoping that these shoes will help alleviate some of that stress, because my knees are killing me.

I thought that a day of rest would help, but it didn’t. I tried just walking the past 2 days, but it hasn’t gotten better. I’m sure that standing for four hours on cement at the Pettitt didn’t help, but seriously, WTH.

I’ve been using biofreeze and that helps, but I’m not sure what else to do. Do I rest another day? Do I push through it?

I’m sure they just hurt because I haven’t worked out in so long and carrying around 267 pounds can’t be easy.

Le sigh.

Ok, enough complaining. Today I did day 6 of the shred and it was ok. I haven’t done the shred since Wednesday, so I feel like I went backwards a li’l bit. I will have to be more diligent with it to complete my 30 day shred challenge.

I’ve been doing pretty well as far as my diet goes… Friday night I went to Comet Cafe with my sis and I got the Baked Chili Mac… which was ahhh-mazing (see below). I ate less than half of it and felt sick the rest of the night. Lesson learned.

0 Replies to “My workout tools and my aching knees”

  1. Biofreeze was my best friend when I was doing all kinds of stupid athletic stuff a few years ago. All the guys over 30 had some in their gym bags. Massage in a tube. Great stuff.

    I bought a bunch of stuff today, too. Slippery shirts and shorts, to prevent one’s junk from getting friction burns. I’m very excited about this.

  2. @scott: I can imagine that is a place you do not want friction burns… I am going to have to get new workout clothes eventually, but for now, what I have will work.

  3. It’s always tough when you first start out, but believe me, it WILL get easier! Spending a couple of days walking to give your muscles and joints a rest while still getting exercise is a great idea…more than anything, the most important thing is to stay active! 🙂 Eating as many fresh fruits and veggies as you can will go a long way, too. You’ll feel full but not sick, and all those raw foods with natural fibers and sugars will give your body the fuel it needs to keep going.

    I was in your position too, once. In April 2006, I weighed 274 pounds. By July 2007, I’d reached my target weight of 137 through a combination of constant activity (walking first, then jogging when my body could accomodate the higher activity, combined with calisthenics and light weight training) and healthy eating (mostly fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, and whole grains). Stay strong, and keep up the good work! We’re all rooting for you!

  4. When my friend and I were doing Shred, it KILLED our knees. I’ve had some knee problems before, but nothing like what I had after doing Shred. As soon as I stopped, the knee pain went away. That being said, I know it is otherwise a good workout DVD, so I’d suggest modifying the moves where she has you jumping around.

  5. If you continue to have issues, it could be the shoe fit. Sometimes having bad arch support will lead to knee issues. I would suggest going over to Rodiez’s on Lincoln just west of Hwy 100. They specialize in running and athletic shoes, and their employees are very knowledgeable. Tell them where it hurts, and they will help you find the right fit… much better than at Kohl’s.

  6. I just went over to PRO – Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield for a shoe fitting/story. They do a FREE (unlike InStep and Rodiez’s) gait analysis by videotaping you walking/running on a treadmill. Then they slow motion it and watch your mechanics from the hips, knees, ankles etc. Then they’ll tell you what kind of shoe best suits your needs. I’d absolutely suggest that if the joint aches persist.

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