Things are looking up around here. My knee is feeling better and our vacation cruise is just a few days away.
I have had two MRIs and the diagnosis is not good. I have a meniscus tear at the root which is very difficult to repair, a sprained patella(?), osteoarthritis, and multiple ganglionic cysts. There will probably be surgery in my near future and/or a knee replacement. Meanwhile, I am experiencing some relief from a cortisone shot and will start physical therapy. It still hurts but I am getting around better.
I might be crazy but I have decided to start The Military Diet today. I know that losing weight will make me feel better. It should help my knee also. Even though my butt has been planted on the couch for over a month, I have not gained any weight. But, I needed to lose a few pounds before the injury.
Unfortunately, I am ravenously hungry – possibly from the cortisone shot. It is going to be a tough day and I need some inspiration. I have already cheated on the diet. Black coffee is the worst! Ugh!!! I miss my Coffeemate and sweetener. So, I added some sweetener, a couple of drops of vanilla extract and a splash of skim milk. It’s tolerable.
The Military Diet is very restrictive. It’s cheap and it’s easy. I have done it several times but never perfectly. Even if you cheat a little it works! I am really determined and motivated this time. I am feeling very stubborn about it. You only have to follow it for three days. I know I can do it and I get to reward myself with ice cream before bed if I can stick to the diet all day!
Well, my moods have been all over the place this last month during my injury and after that cortisone shot. I thought I was going to have to get a prescription for an antidepressant. Exercise makes me feel good and if I can’t walk, dance, or ride my bike, I AM VERY UNHAPPY! My mood is much better today – I actually noticed a huge improvement yesterday.
I am on a walking plan. I am slowly working up to 30 minutes a day. It feels good to walk outside in the sunshine.
I have to be careful, but I think I am on the road to recovery. I have high hopes for the physical therapy and am expecting a magical cure. I must be positive and I must be grateful for all the things I can do!
Life is amazing!
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