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I Have DRASTICALLY Cut Back On Wearing Knee Support Compression Sleeves.

by Anura Guruge



Prior posts on this blog.


I had my major knee surgery to reattach a completely busted quad tendon on March 7, 2019, i.e., roughly 11-months ago.

As soon as I was permitted to walk without crutches — i.e., after 6-weeks — I started a rigorous exercise regime which sees me walking around 7-8 miles a day. To start with I wore a proper brace on my damaged knee. After about 3 months of that I discovered compression sleeves.

I got HOOKED on them. And that was the CLUE.

I got hooked on them.

I wore them on both knees. They were super comfortable, provided great support and made both knees feel great. Pain was never a factor. I lucked out! I was pain free within 2-weeks of surgery. Great surgery and I am strange.

But, this got me thinking.

No gain without pain.

If it is too good to be true.

I think about these things.

Did some research. Yes, I could have continued wearing them, all the time, as I had done.

But, they were REDUCING the muscle & tendon strength I was gaining from all my exercise. Oh! I do 23-minutes on a stationary bike, most days too.

So, I have cut back on using the sleeves. Cut back quite dramatically.

Most days I don’t use them at all, at all. No problem so far. No pain. Knees haven’t buckled.

I do wear them if I conditions underfoot are bad. Want my knees supported if I fall.

So, that is the new regime. Hope this helps.

Do some research. Basically, it boils down to: “too much of a good thing“.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Now Fast For 15-Hours A Day, EVERY DAY, Without Trying & With Ease — It Is A Piece Of Cake.

by Anura Guruge


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Click image to access the original article. Google “16:8” for more, many more.


This 15-hour fasting was NOT an intentional part of my new diet — the one that I have been on for the last 11-months following my major knee surgery (to repair a busted quadricep tendon).

What I did was CUT OUT all snacking, cold turkey and with ruthless determination. I have 2.25 meals a day. A HUGE dinner around 8:30pm. A LARGE lunch just before 2pm and a miniscule breakfast around noon. That is it for solid food. NOTHING in between.

Though I was on a fairly strict low-carb diet prior to this snacking on raisins, nuts and cheese was my downfall.

I have totally (and I mean utterly & totally) given up nuts & raisins (and I (being a nut myself) am very partial to nuts).

I love cheese. I can live on cheese. But, now I restrict myself to a little amount of cheese every 4th day.

It has kind of worked. I have lost some weight — like 30 pounds (13.6 kilos, 2.1 stone). Still some ways to go. Really want to lose 3 to 4 more pounds to get down to 142 pounds (10.1 stones, 64.5 kg).

I had never heard of the 16:8 diet until last week. It amused I. I don’t think 1-hour makes much difference.

I am NO stranger to fasting! I used to, in my prime, fast 3-days a week! Yes, 3-days a week: Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Then for about 15-years I fasted 30-hours once a month.

I don’t fast anymore! I do NOT consider my 15-hour break from solid food fasting. Just part of my routine.

Just thought I will share this with you in case you were considering a 15:9 diet. Piece of cake. Requires NO effort.

Oh, I go for a 90-minute walk/run in the morning which helps. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

I Now Wear FOUR Knee Braces (Plus Studded Shoes) When I Go Out In The Snow/Ice!

by Anura Guruge


IF you want to be ultra pedantic
2 of the braces are ‘compression sleeves’.

But, this is my new regime for snow/ice.

These go on first for muscle/tendon support.

Then, these on top of those.

The lockable brace, LOCKED at 0° on my left injured knee,
the other on my right, so far uninjured knee.


Studded shoes.
But, have to be careful. You can slip/slide on them.


Walking stick with crampon to top it all off!


Living in New Hampshire I can’t escape snow and ice. Though we now have a monster 3-stage snowblower, with tracs, I still need to be out in the snow/ice — and I still do some shovelling. PLUS, I have to get in my 6 — 7 miles of walking.

After my slip-and-fall 10-months ago when I busted my quad tendon, I am rather anxious not to damage my knees again. Hence the precautions.

Since my injury (even prior to surgery) I started wearing a knee brace.

I now wear knee braces, on both knees, ALL DAY. I don’t need to, but they help and I have, honestly, become addicted to them! As my surgeon has said, it will not do any har. Might even do some good.

But, I know that it is the sudden ‘twisting’/extension of the knee/leg tendon/muscles that lead to injury. Hence, the locked brace and the semi-locked one. Hoping that if I do fall, and that seems odds-on, they might help keep the knee straight. That is the theory.

Just sharing with you, just in case.

All the braces are from Amazon. The compression sleeves are cheap; i.e., under $7/each.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

’29’, My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6 — 37-Years Below Actual.

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.

I have a daughter who is 30 and a son who will be 28 next year.

So, this is NOT bad for an old codger,
especially since my 19-year old daughter is going around saying “before he dies”.
She MUST know something that I don’t know.

Anywho.


Click to ENLARGE and STUDY.

This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.


My fitness age has gone down 10-years in the last 3-months.

Yes, I am working at it.

This was September 16, 2019.


Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 8-months, having had knee-surgery 10-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi-fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk. I end up walking 6 – 8 miles a day and climb the equivalent of at least 60 floors/day.

 

 


Busting my knee was the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

Wake-up call.

I was NOT as FIT as I had thought. So, had to rectify that.

I am also 30 lbs lighter.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

I Have Finally Succumbed & Agreed To Get Snow Blower — But It Is Going To Be A Doozy!

by Anura Guruge



I have resisted 12-years of constant nagging … “get a snowblower” … “you are too old” … “you going to kill yourself” … “we are fed up” … “get a snowblower“.

I LIKE SHOVELING SNOW. It is great exercise. I like being out in the snow. If I am not shoveling I would be walking in the snow for 1-hour, and I would rather shovel since it is better exercise … and I am saving both energy (as in driving an engine) and money.

But, then I slipped and completely, totally tore my quadricep tendon while shoveling snow on Thursday, February 28, 2019. I needed major knee surgery and was on crutches for six (6) full weeks.

I had slipped and fallen, shoveling snow, nine or ten years ago, and broken a rib.

So, now it was total vindication. The dithering old goat — i.e., I — was going to slip again and kill himself shoveling snow.

To be honest, the knee injury affected my psyche. At 65 it was my first real injury! Yes, I had broken my hand, dislocated my thumb and broken most of my finger joints through rugby, skiing and cricket, but none of those had been major. I was not sidelined. I was not disabled. But, after the knee injury I was a cripple for 6-weeks and I hated it. I vowed to come back fitter than ever before — not that I wasn’t fit before. But, since my surgery I have lost 30 pounds and exercise 40% more. I try to average 6 miles of walking/running a day. I also try to get in 23-minutes of stationary bike riding to keep my knee flexible. So, I am in better shape to shovel snow than everbefore — and I have shoveled snow for at least 25-years.

But, slipping scares me. SMILE.

So, I succumbed. But, if I was going to get one, it had to be superlative. I was not going to mess around.

If I was NOT shoveling snow, I would have to walk my 4.5-miles in the morning. So, I would only have, at most, 30-minutes to clear the drive. So, I was not going to spend time and energy pushing, pulling and hauling a puny little machine. I was going to boss the snow around.

This was about as BRAWNY as I could find. Three-stage, with Track Drive and power steering. I think it can throw snow 200′!

Well I will, of course, keep you posted.

Home Depot was DESPERATE for the business. I knew how to finagle the best deal. 18-month 0% APR credit with $100 off up-front. SMILE. So, why not get a real good one?


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by Anura Guruge

My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6, Is That Of One 1/2 My Age!

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.


Click to ENLARGE and STUDY.

This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.

Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ on October 6, 2019.


So, for the record I turned 66 last month, i.e., September. So, this is actually less than 1/2 my age.

Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 6-months, having had knee-surgery exactly 7-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi0fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk.

Walking 7-miles a day was EASY in the Summer. But, it is now getting cold. It was in the low 40s Fahrenheit (F) this morning. So, given I am no longer carrying much fat (I am down to below 150lbs in weight) I have to dress warm. Plus, I am old. So, these were taken today, and a glimpse of what I get to walk through. I do not complain.


This, i.e., a fitness age of 46, was from 3 months ago.
So, I have come a long way.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Related Posts:
Search ‘knee’ & ‘Garmin‘.


by Anura Guruge

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