In January 2019, my clumsy ass hyperextended my knee after stepping down from my bathroom to my kitchen . Being as stubborn as I am, it took me about 4 weeks before I asked for a consult to Ortho. After some PT and med management, I still was having pain in my left knee which began limiting my movements (both gym and daily life). Finally in April a MRI showed a joint effusion, baker’s cyst, fraying of cartilage at my patella, and edema. Given my age, my Ortho felt surgery was the best option. Knowing that I had been training for a Tough Mudder for 5 months, I wasn’t about to let that slip away. My Ortho was amazing in listening to my concerns about having surgery prior to the Mudder and understanding of how much it meant to me. Although he “couldn’t recommend” that I participate in the Mudder, my surgery was set for the Tuesday after the race . Yesterday, I had an arthroscopy. He was able to clean up some fraying and the edema. Luckily, I had no damage to any ligaments, however the doctor did find arthritis behind my knee cap. Arthritis that was exacerbated by my injury, but also arthritis that I caused by my years of weight fluctuation, yo-yo dieting, living an unhealthy lifestyle, and being so obese on my tiny 5’3” frame. I felt so ashamed knowing that my choices had a role in this injury. While it can’t be guaranteed that I’ll never have pain again nor that my arthritis won’t get worse, I now know why it is so important to continue on this path I’ve been on since February 2018. In my moments where I struggle and want to revert to old ways, this is now another motivating factor to keep me on track and away from the excuses.
I don’t think I’ve ever said this on IG before but I was 238lbs in February 2018. I’ve lost 55lbs since then. While I’m extremely grateful and happy with my progress, I know there is more I can do. I’m so lucky to be supported by my family, my gym family, and my friends who keep me level. For the next few weeks of rehab, I need to be mindful of my diet, especially until I can get my ass back at @fame_strength to crush my goals 🏼 ! #mogetsfit #happy #healthy #arthroscopy #fitness #minorsetback #keepmovingforward - 1 day ago