At 43 years old, my daughter was off to college and my son had just gotten his driver’s license. It was MY time, finally. I decided to take up tennis to lose the 30 extra pounds I had carried around for the last ...well since my son was born. I couldn’t believe how much I loved tennis. I met a great group of women and I was back being active outside, I felt young again. I joined a tennis team and for a year I was having the time of my life, playing 5-6 times a week, for 3-4 hours at a time...I lost about 10 pounds, not as much as I expected, but it was something. Then at regional playoffs, I felt something happen to my knee. Injury...Oh NO!!! I couldn’t play for months, I couldn’t even walk the dog. I could only sit or lie down...I watched TV all day, ate comfort foods and gained more weight. No tennis and no tennis friends. I was isolated and depressed. I was also scared...maybe at this age I won’t ever fully heal. I finally consulted with one of the best orthopedic surgeons in town (the one all the tennis players go to). He confirmed I had torn cartilage and he recommended surgery. I saw him 2 more times. During my third appointment he said to me, “I can tell you’re not going to have the surgery (he was right, I was too scared), but you have got to stop gaining weight, every pound of body weight is 3 pounds of impact on your knee.” Whoa!!! That one sentence flipped a switch inside of me. There was something I could do. I was expecting the pain medication, physical therapy or surgeon to heal me. By this time I was back to carrying around 30 extra pounds...that’s 90 extra pounds of impact on my knees! Right then I chose to take my power back. I was going to do everything I could to lose weight and reduce the impact on my knees. Eventually I was successful.
I learned A LOT along the way:
1 - You can’t exercise away excess weight.
2 - Diets don’t work. You hear this all the time...it’s true.
3 - Symptoms tell you to stop doing something and cravings tell you to start doing something...In the past I tried to ignore or get rid of these all important signs from my body.
4 - Question whether what everyone else is doing is actually what you should be doing. I learned to listen to my body instead of to other people.
5 - Choice is Powerful… You can choose to suffer or you can choose to heal. When you make the choice to take your power back, your health, life and future is in your own hands.
I’m now 55. I have been at my ideal weight for the past 11 years. I have no knee pain and I’ve never had surgery. I walk, hike, play pickleball and ride horses. I am in control of my health. I feel limitless. I’m excited about my future. I say YES to life. I have also found joy in sharing what I have learned with other women. Living your Best Life is a choice… YouChoose. If you are an active woman who is suffering with excess weight and knee pain and you’re ready to take your power back, I can help you and I would be honored to go on this journey with you.