My Clicking Knee

Chalk it up to old age (I am 37-years-old after all) or leftover damage following a car accident a couple years back, but my right knee has been making an audible clicking sound. I noticed it last Wednesday while I was walking up the stairs at work (inside the Muscatine Community School District Building on Mulberry Avenue). It doesn’t hurt or anything like that, it just caught me off guard.

If anything, it could probably be attributed to the fact that I’ve gained weight, lost weight, gained weight, and lost weight. Currently, I’m in the midst of another attempt to shed some pounds. Did you pack on any weight during the quarantine? I know that’s a very strange and possible offensive question to ask, but I sure did. Even though I did not stop working, I certainly saw the scale shift in the other direction.

If you recall in the summer of 2018 I committed myself to a lifestyle change and started the Keto diet. By October 2018, I had lost nearly 100 pounds, and then our daughter was born. It started in the hospital. “I don’t think a chicken pot pie is a bad idea, we just had a baby!”

Slowly but surely, the pounds crept back. I would avoid the scale, but you can always tell when it’s happening. Sometimes I have those thoughts of, “well, life’s short I should just be able to enjoy the sweet things,” and then I realize a shirt that fits now is a bit snug.

Kids are also incredibly good at humbling us. My five-year-old just last week said ,“and they have a big tummy like dad!” I brushed it off and said, “that’s not nice,” but it hurt.

It always hurts when someone comments on your weight. As a person that has been big my entire life, I can tell you that we are well aware of the fact that we’re overweight. I know it every morning when I wake up.

As I mentioned, I’ve been trying to get back on the diet saddle (or salad) and as of typing this (it’s currently Thursday, October 15th at 7:35 p.m.) I’m happy to report I’ve lost nearly six pounds. What helps motivate me is knowing that weight loss will help things like my right knee and, if anything, could remedy the clicking sound.

Another benefit, of course, is being healthier and ensuring that I do not let my weight be the cause of any potentially life threatening concerns. I don’t want to be winded walking around the neighborhood with my kids.

I’ve always done my best to keep this column positive and optimistic, and that’s where I find myself still. I know I have the capacity to change my body. I’ve done it, and it felt good. I just need to keep the fire burning and not get so tempted by that five letter word, sugar.

If you’re on a weight loss journey keep it up–you are doing so great! I hope you know that the struggle is real with a lot of us, and if anything, we need to support each other now more than ever. We’re living through a global pandemic and an incredibly divisive election. Keep up the good work and I’ll continue working on myself.