So two weeks ago, I wrote about how after listening to a message at church, I was convicted of the need to take better care of my body. I gave myself a 40 day challenge to begin a journey towards a more healthy lifestyle, giving up Coke, chocolate, sweet treats (ice cream, candy, etc), and junk food. I made the commitment to start eating more healthy, and exercising by jogging daily (you can read that whole story HERE).
I’m happy to report that I have been eating healthier every day. Instead of drinking Coke, I have chosen orange juice, and to be honest, I’m not even missing the soda pop at all! (For the sake of being wholly transparent, I must confess that while on a road trip to a youth conference – Generation Unleashed – in Portland, Oregon this past weekend, I did cheat once and have a Coke, but it really didn’t taste as good as I remember it!). For snacks, instead of eating a bag of chips, I have chosen to eat apples or other fruit.
And I’m feeling so much better because of these changes! If you can believe it, I even had a salad for lunch one day, made by my wonderful wife, Liza.
However, on that first night of jogging, I pushed myself too far and really overdid it, and messed up my knee really good. I kept running for the rest of the week (which I probably shouldn’t have done), but by Friday, I was in so much pain I couldn’t run anymore. It’s been a week now since then and I’m still in pain, so I plan on going to my doctor this week to check it out. I’ll keep you posted and let you know how it goes, and when I get back to running again.
In the meantime, allow me to share with you the advice I got from WebMD.com:
While you get better, you need to take it easy on your knee. That doesn’t mean you have to give up exercise. Just try something new that won’t hurt your joint. If you’re a jogger, swim laps in a pool instead. Whatever you do, don’t rush things. If you try to get back to your workouts before you’re healed, you could damage the joint for good.
So who knows, maybe I will give swimming a try!