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Posted: 07 May 2014, 07:44
So I completed the Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday (yeah!), which I thought would be the celebratory finish line of this 3 1/2 year mega-weight-loss journey. But I felt so good along the course (running above my goal pace! on track to smash my total time goal! feeling strong! having fun!) that it seemed more like the start line of many, many more marathons to come (yeah!) Very Happy . Alas, though, at mile 11.5, my knee blew out (SOB!), leaving me to finish the race at more than 15 minutes over my goal (SOB!), but finish in the top half of my division nonetheless (YEAH!)

Now, doc has diagnosed the knee as a severe meniscus tear (SOB!), thus no more running, swimming, biking until further notice, likely after surgery and rehab (SUPER SOB!) Crying or Very sad I'm heartbroken. And I'm petrified that losing the exercise I have come to rely on for stress relief, keeping this weight off, and general mental sanity will mean I'm going to get fat and crabby, and real fast.

Anyone have some great advice? How can I get good cardio work without my legs? How can I maintain my sanity without the running and biking I love so much? Since my body is used to burning mad calories through exercise--sometimes 1,500 kcals in two hours--other than eating next to nothing, how can I not regain this weight without burning off any real calories through the day?
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Posted: 07 May 2014, 08:11
Wow @shmiller. You finished with an injured knee?! That's impressive.

I can only imagine your fears about having to abstain from your regular exercising. I'm surprised by the no-swimming-at-all rule. Can't they brace it or something so you can swim? Well, I'm sure you have asked.

Looking forward to hearing people's suggestions.

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Posted: 07 May 2014, 08:28
He says I can swim if I isolate my arms. The problem with swimming, apparently, is the lateral movement of the leg associated with kicking. Ugh.
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Posted: 07 May 2014, 08:37
Of course a professional should always be consulted before doing any exercise

A rowing machine provides aerobic workouts to the biceps, triceps, pectoralis muscles, and the upper back muscles. An upper body ergometer (arm bike) looks like an upside-down bike that is pedaled with your hands. In the pool, shallow water arm movements with leg stabilization can be done to stress the arms, chest and upper back. We have a lot of therapy sessions in our pool for injuries so I would've thought you'd be able to at least do something without putting body weight on the knee.

Also try googling exercises for people who do not have the use of their legs (wheelchair users) There were tons of sites that come up and maybe something will appeal to you.

best of luck and congrats on the race and your determination. Keep eating clean nutritious and healthy within your RDI, which you will now have to reset and you shouldn't gain the weight back.

I prefer this calculator to the one on FS.....
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Posted: 07 May 2014, 22:25
Congrats especially on finishing with an injury. No swimming is pretty normal after a knee exercise. They often get you in pool for exercise but no actual swimming for awhile. Quite often a recumbent bike is included in early rehab. Bikes are considered low impact. High impact is really rough on knees.
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Posted: 08 May 2014, 13:54
Thanks, ya'll. I'm gonna keep on keepin' on!
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