About Fogdog's Weight Loss

Don't Focus on the Goal...

If you've followed this blog you know that I've struggled for many years with improving my health. I've finally reached a point where I've managed to maintain a small amount of success. Now it's time to take the next step, but I believe it requires a new way of thinking.

Instead of trying to get healthy, why not shift focus toward learning how to build healthy habits instead. Follow me as I try to teach myself how to Engineer healthy habits that will allow me to take my health to the next level. Let's see where this experiment goes!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Day #102 - That's All I Can Stand

I reached the tipping point with my knee last night.  I have gone 3 weeks now with very little restful sleep.  I couldn't take it any longer; I've tried everything I can think of to help with this pain.  I asked my wife to find me a doctor and make me an appointment as quickly as possible.  To my surprise she found one that had an opening today so I went to see the doctor about my knee.

Actually I saw a PA, but that's fine I knew where I was going to end up regardless... getting an x-ray.  The PA said she has never heard of knee pain that only comes at night and then goes right away in the morning.  However, she said everything else I described pointed toward a possible torn meniscus.  She prescribed a stronger pain reliever that I'll be on for the next 2 weeks and then she sent me to get an x-ray (told you).

I still refuse to let this be the source of an excuse to give up.  My depression has returned a little in these last 2 days but I think I'm just really tired and need some rest.  102 days down and I'm in a rough patch; here's to better days ahead.  I will survive this and hopefully I can get a good night's sleep.

Before I leave for the night, I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Birthday to my sister Mindy.  Growing up I never let my sister out from under my shadow; I'm pretty competitive so I had to beat her in everything and for the most part I took the limelight from her any chance I could.  However, recently Mindy turned the tables... Over the last few years she's made an effort to lose weight and to date she's dropped more than 80 pounds!  That's an incredible feat and I am extremely proud of her especially since she's a single mom to boot.

So Happy Birthday "little" sister.  Enjoy the limelight for a while, but you better not let up because here I come.

Stay Strong!


  1. I hope they find out what is wrong with your knee soon and do something about it. No sleep is a real killer.

    I've had x-rays on my knee for pain that comes at night (but not regularly every night like yours, just a few times a year) and it showed what looks like peach fuzz on the back of my knee cap where the bone is growing a bit weirdly. As far as they recall they didn't know what that meant or what they could do about it. It was a long time ago, I've had "growing pains" in knees and shoulders since I was a kid (so why am I still only 5 foot tall?). Anyway, I find heat helps a bit - a hot bath or a hot water bottle.

    1. Natalie I have chondromalacia of my kneecaps (courtesy of volleyball & basketball played w/too much enthusiasm & not enough shock absorption) - for which I take judicious doses of "Vitamin I" (ibuprofen)... I've got bursitis in both hips (L is worse & aches abominably some nights when I get in the wrong position), degenerative discs of lumbar spine (stiff back but FORTUNATELY not terribly painful), and hideous flat feet which seem to be self-destructing. Trying to improve my diet to maximize my mobility.

  2. Oh dear what with me saying you MUST get back on plan yesterday, with your knee it's probably not number one priority.

    Do hope they can find out what is wrong with your knee - resting it as much as possible may help?

    In the meantime stay strong - we are on your side.

    All the best Jan

    PS Happy Birthday to your sister.

  3. Ouch, I don't know which is worse - joint pain or FOOT PAIN (notice my emphasis)?!? But I guess I've reached the age when a certain amount of aches n' pains are inevitable... I've been moping around & not getting my mileage in on my poor sore feet, but I'm gonna just buy new shoes & "begin again".