the long road to healthy

May 23, 2009

a brief interlude

Filed under: fitness, keeping it real, The Daily Shred — karena @ 6:42 pm

Uh oh… two days without a shred post. That can’t be good, can it?

No. It cannot.

I’ve really hurt my knee. I should explain. In high school I was a cheerleader. No, I haven’t “let myself go;” I was a chubby cheerleader, and now I’m a chubby adult. Anyway, I did some pretty serious damage to my knee in my junior year, and it’s been a bone of contention (ha ha, I crack myself up!) ever since.

So… the combination of full squats and lunges, AND fairly high impact aerobics, has done a number on my knee. I’ve taken the last two days off, and will do so at least for tomorrow as well. After that, will I return to shredding? I’m not sure. I love it! But if I have to baby myself through either the high-impact cardio or the strength moves, I won’t be getting the full effects.

I’m exploring other options with a saddened heart. I’m hoping by Monday to return to working out in some form, and I definitely plan to continue on this journey. I’ll let you know…



  1. I’ve been shredding for a week now, and it *kills* my shins. I can’t walk, I can’t move, it’s just relentless pain. HOWEVER! I have things coming up in the next few weeks, and I am determined to make it as far through the shred as I can before my events, and I’m doing modified jumping jacks and punches in place of all of the high-impact stuff that Jillian asks you to do in the Shred. Hopefully you, too, can find lower-impact stuff that’ll allow you to KEEP shredding without pain! Good luck!

    Comment by Emily — May 24, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Emily. I’ve decided to take a week or so off from shredding, but will be doing low-impact cardio (simple step aerobics and swimming) at least three times this week, along with two or three strength training sessions. I’m going to concentrate on strengthening the muscles around my knees. After I’ve lost a few pounds and am no longer in pain, I’ll definitely revisit my shred video!

    Comment by karena — May 25, 2009 @ 7:10 am

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