I wrote the other day about my hip/back challenges and then foam rolling. That was Thursday. Since then I have not done any of the challenges or any foam rolling. Friday the knee was pretty good, Saturday it was pretty good, yesterday it was a mess. It was painful and when I walked Mavy both knees felt unused and creaky. It was strange. So I decided that I needed to do something. Doing nothing wasn't working. Doing everything wasn't working. But I needed to do something. So I did the Happy Back challenge. It was hard, that challenge is much harder than the hip one, but it felt pretty good overall. I went to bed and the knee was a little annoying all night. I couldn't seem to find the right place for it. But I woke this morning and it felt amazing. No pain. It works like it's supposed to. It's all good. Now I know that won't last and it is probably seizing up as I sit here typing this, but at least for a short time it was normal. That gives me great hope. So where do I go from here? Well, I think the really main thing is that I need to lose some weight and I need to strengthen my core. Big time. So what I'm going to do for now is finish the Happy Back Challenge (I'm 7 days behind, it finished last night) and do some core work every night. That's it. That is all I'm going to do but I think it will help a lot. After I finish the Happy Back Challenge, I'm going back to the Hip Opening Challenge. I think I'm going to alternate the challenges back - hip - back - hip, etc. I have to do something and these seem to work really well. Adding core in every single night. I'm going to start with the dead bug for like 20. As I was listening to the Q&A from the back challenge (the only one I've listened to all the way through) he was saying that if you have IT band issues (that's me) rolling may actually make it worse. WHAT???? Yeah! He said if you tried stretching and rolling and those things didn't work, you may be missed the strength component. So twice a week I'm going to add in walking banded squats. That is not too hard and I'll see if it actually helps. That will be this week. Next Sunday I'll review and see where to go from there. So the last piece of the puzzle is getting my food on track. Not a huge problem, just something that I have to do. So no snacks, not even popcorn. No junk of any kind. Not going to pick any special diet or anything, just going to eat well and avoid snacks. That's it. For a long time I had good metabolic flexibility but it seems I may have lost some of that due to the junk I've been eating. So time to work on getting it back. I am going to avoid wheat in all it's forms for this week and see how that works.
Okay, my timer went off about 4 minutes ago and it is Monday, so I must go.