Happy In Bag

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Big Boy

Eleven months and fifteen pounds ago I tore up my knee. I was on crutches long after my Vicodin prescription ran out. I'm left with a mild ache and scale-tipping body fat. It's time for me to start to trim down but I'm afraid to test my knee with strenuous exercise. And starving myself is simply out of the question. How do you like my new personalized license plate?


  • At 12:30 PM, Blogger "The D" said…

    Start off just walking for 1 hour. Keep track of how far you go. Then start increasing the distance. Next thing you know you'll be losing weight.

    Yes it is that simple.

  • At 8:56 PM, Blogger the unthinking lemming said…

    Unless your rehabbed knee is too painful to walk on... well... you have problems. But the old adage of 'no pain, no gain' is accurate. I am 2 years out from a major knee injury and still suffer pain and weakness. I endeavor on a rehab course of walks with the dog and 15 minutes on a rowing machine on a daily basis plus some bicycling. I continue to gain strength and mobility as well as decreased discomfort. It takes time.

  • At 8:24 AM, Anonymous Doc said…


  • At 12:49 PM, Blogger Joel said…

    As someone who also has weak knees, I recommend biking or rowing machines. I split 30 min. a day between these two at least four times a week and have not only lost weight, but feel great, too.

  • At 9:13 AM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    I might just do that, D. As you know, you're my inspiration.

    Yeah, I need to get a little fortitude, UL.

    Man, I tried swimming laps at an Olympic-size pool over the summer, Doc. I almost drowned- that's the ultimate exercise for sure.

    I'll consider it Joel, thanks.

  • At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Nuke said…

    I'm with Doc, swim.
    If you can't do many laps, you can still tread water.

    Get in deep enough that you don't touch but can reach non-drowning levels quickly. I swim about half a dozen laps, but I also do 1/2 an hour just treading water, actively. By actively I men not just a little flutter kick, but a full on bicycle motion. The water takes all the weight off my knees but still gives resistance.

    Once you are stronger you can move on to treadmills/bikes/ellipticals for a more challenging workout.


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