I haven’t mentioned this yet, but working at the restaurant left me with a few injuries. Or maybe not injuries but some of my joints didn’t quite feel the same afterward. I had a sharp pain in my left elbow, most likely from constantly holding a tray with glasses. My left shoulder didn’t feel great either. Especially after I was balancing a tray of nine drinks and a guest took a glass off of it (even though I said not to) and I tried to compensate for the balance being thrown off resulting in somehow pulling my shoulder. Great.
The most frustrating is my knee. How did I injure my knee? No idea. Maybe it was because I had to wear Vans, which have no support, while standing for at least eight hours. Maybe it’s because I was constantly squatting down to those short tables while balancing a tray of drinks. I know I wasn’t squatting with perfect form all day, maybe that did it.
Regardless of the reason, my knee still hurts. I thought it would have gone away by now but it hasn’t. I have a sharp pain on the outer side of my left knee. Sometimes it hurts so bad that I can’t walk and I have to take a break. It’s also popping quite a bit. I’ll move it ever so slightly and it will pop on the side.
I thought that the pain would decrease with the ketogenic diet because there’s less inflammation in your body. That is not the case.
The pain is so bad that I haven’t been able to do legs how I’d like. I’ve tried, but it’s too sharp and immobilizing of a pain to just work through it. I’m listening to my body, which is important.
Instead of hitting legs hard, I’ve been taking it easy. I’m utilizing the bands I purchased from amazon to stretch and work my legs. It’s definitely not the same workout, but it has made a big difference in my knee pain.
Here’s what I’m doing:
- Squat jumps
- Lateral band walk
- Good mornings
- Hip abductors
I can’t wait to get back to squatting and deadlifting but I’m taking it easy until I’m confident that my knee has healed! I think I’m almost there!
As always, be well!