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Weight Loss and Joint Pain

October 6, 2011
Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

I’m overweight and my knees hurt.  I know what I have to do.  I know what I should do.  And sometimes I do.  Sometimes I eat right, and exercise, and stretch.  And sometimes I watch football, drink beer, and eat buffalo wings.  I have a weakness for wings, and my knees pay the price.

My knees aren’t that bad, and I’m not that overweight.  Yet.  But my clothes are tight, and I “feel” my knees more than I am accustomed to.  I understand that being overweight leads to knee pain.  For every extra ten pounds I carry the stress my knees feel increases by 40 pounds.  An extra 40 pounds of stress every step I take.   I am 40 years old and I know that the more stress I put on my knees now will diminish my quality of life down the road.

Im trying something new.  Snacking with a purpose.  Instead of waiting until cravings start distracting me, I eat some fruit, or vegetables or almonds around 3:00pm when I get hungry, sleepy, and crabby.  I’m sure all three are related.  But the healthy snacks help chase away all three.  Also I’m less likely to go back for seconds (and dare I admit sometimes thirds) at dinner.  I’ll let you know if the new strategy works.

I know fruit and vegetables aren’t as instantly gratifying as anything fried, but I work in the arthritis field.  I know what my future holds if I continue doing what I’m doing.



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