Happy New Year!! My Knee & GloriasGoals

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!!

I’m such a fail… in the last two months I’ve posted twice. It’s mostly because of Christmas and…………………………………… playing Guild Wars 2. OMG. But that’s besides the point. I felt the urge to write today because of my knee. Early last year I hurt myself doing cardio kickboxing (which I loved) and have basically been unable to walk comfortably. Going up and down flights of stairs was VERY hard, going DOWN stairs was worse. Even on our wedding day my knee was in pain and that was about 3 months after it happened. I think the alcohol helped a lot with the dancing hahaha! So, as the months have gone I’ve noticed that my knee has slowly been getting better. As weird as this sounds I feel like my knee actually needed to REST and not put any strain on it by working out. Last year I REALLY wanted to work out, and even after I hurt my knee I still continued to do walks (and play Just Dance) but eventually had to stop altogether. Both because the wedding was getting closer and because even walking on the slightest of inclines was painful.

Here’s a better timeline before I go on:

March 2014 – I hurt my knee
March 2014 – I still pushed myself by going on walks(WRONG)
End of March – Tried doing Hot Hula Fitness with a hurt-ass-knee
June 2014 – Got married to my lo0o0o0o0ve

SO AFTER ALL OF THAT, it took me up until about November/December to start getting used to walking up stairs and hills again. I still hate hills. Will always hate hills.

I remember doing Hot Hula back in March and even the simplest of dance moves hurt to the point where I eventually got frustrated that I gave up. I felt so damn defeated and useless and emotional ugly things and all I wanted to do was follow a freakin Hula workout DVD. I learned briefly years back how to do hula by a friend and joined her group for a couple of months until I couldn’t afford it anymore hahaha!

Almost a year later, I’m working a lot harder, but also have big (awesome) distractions like Guild Wars 2, watching shows on Netflix. I’ve mentioned on my gloriasgoals instagram that I’d be starting to workout at the gym and doing weights with Ali, but that won’t start for a few more days. I’m eating much cleaner and have for most of January now and I’ve got a lot of people inspiring me and I don’t want to let them down either. Of course I’m doing this for myself, but it’s always an added bonus to have inspiration and know I can do the same for some. This morning I thought to myself “Hi, you’ve been watching Dollhouse when you could be working out instead of binge watching while you clean… get off your butt.”

After breakfast I decided that I would do at least one part of the Beginners DVD of Hot Hula again. I was nervous because I absolutely did NOT want to feel my knee crunching from under me and working up a sweat because I was in pain and not actually doing some cardio. When I tried it, I was only in pain because my thighs were feeling the burn. YIHHH!!! VICTORY!! It feels so good knowing that I can do what I consider fun workouts again. I plan to do at least 20-30 minutes of the DVD at least 2-3 times a week and go with Ali to the gym another 2-3 times a week. I refuse to go 5-6 days like he does. I will overdo it and hurt myself again. I am so excited and looking forward to seeing some progress in 2015. I’ve kept most of my weight off, and lost some of the stupid holiday “I love food give me all of it because I have no self control” weight and now it’s time to eat cleaner and push myself (just a little bit) harder with exercise. If you’d like to follow my food journey, please check out my gloriasgoals instagram where I post what yummy foods I’ve been eating and when I fail to do so LOL.

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