I smashed my foot this past week (or rather someone else did) and it hurts! I had already injured my little toe on the shower the week prior, so having luggage dropped on it while only wearing sandals really did a number. I am icing it when I can, but I think it’s going to be a while before things are back to normal.
This puts a major crimp in the work-out schedule since any weight on it is ‘Not Good’ right now.
I have eaten garbage for the past week…and I feel it.
My weight is hovering right around 207. I must admit I am very grateful it hasn’t inched back up and that I am staying under 210. I am very much looking forward to getting active again. Core training and weight stuff simply isn’t my thing. I am pretty good at adding it to a cardio plan, but on its own I neglect it.
I get to start walking for fitness mid-February…it seems so far off still. It has crossed my mind to start sooner, but then I am reminded that I am not ready by pain in my leg after overdoing it with housework or just being out and about (like this past weekend). I guess for now I should be very happy I am out of the boot!
I wasn’t thinking about my travel during the week when I was planning my daily weight averaging. So, the average will be of the days I am at home in the morning and am able to weigh in. It should still give me a pretty accurate number.
I did get some good-ish news at my follow-up doctor appointment this morning. My leg is healing and there is no doubt at all that there is a major stress-fracture in my tibia. Thankfully it is healing right up. I have two more weeks of wearing the boot and then can start “weaning” off of it (e.g. wear it just when I will be walking a lot or on my feet for a long period of time). Also in two weeks I can start no-impact exercising (stationary bike, swimming, etc.). In six weeks I can start walking again. And then in ten weeks I can ease back into running.
The really good news is that the doctor told me there are rarely any residual problems resulting from having had a stress-fracture, so once it heals completely, it is healed. Whew!
So…I am still debating the gym membership vs. buying a stationary bike to have here at the house. I am leaning heavily toward buying a bike…we’ll see.
2010 was an alright year…in retrospect, it was pretty uneventful. In fact the most remarkable thing was that I agreed to run in a half marathon. Unfortunately, the recent discovery of a severe stress-fracture in my left leg has put those plans on hold. However, I’ve made a good start (especially mentally) into getting fit. Still working on eating better, she types as she chomps on a slice of pizza and slurps down a Coke…
Now that 2011 is upon us, I suppose I ought to evaluate my goals for the coming months. Being as this is my running blog, these are obviously my health and fitness resolutions for the coming year…
- Heal. (and prevent future injuries) – first and foremost, I need to get my body healed. Hopefully next week I will get the all-clear from the doctor and can get back to doing something active. Prevention is paramount…which will probably make me overly cautious this year, but I believe will give me a better foundation for the long run and will overall make me stronger.
- Exercise. This injury isn’t stopping me. No way. No how. The grand debate now is whether to fork over for a gym membership, or to purchase a stationary bike for my “home gym”. I will also finally get to use the Kinect with the Your Shape ‘game’ we purchased. I suppose I would be much more inclined to go with a gym membership if I weren’t traveling so much. But knowing myself, when I am at home, I very much dislike leaving. Heck. I don’t even like going to the grocery store. Heh.
- Eat well. Or maybe this should just be, eat better. My goal is to keep the pizzas and other junk foods to a bare minimum. Seeing as how today is technically a holiday, my hope is to keep the junk food confined to those days. I enjoy good food…by which I mean, I do enjoy food that is good for me. More cooking at home.
- Half marathon. I’m not giving up on this. And I am sincerely hoping that my original running mates will be able to join me in this endeavor when the time finally comes that I can do it. Unfortunately, my time-line is a bit longer this time in order to avoid any repeats of the stress-fractures. In fact, though technically it wouldn’t be in 2011, I may aim for the same half marathon in Seaside next March. That will give me plenty of time to slowly work up to that much running and allow for lots of 5 and 10k’s between now and then. We’ll see.
Of course as a part of all of this, the sub-goal is to lose weight. Based on reading and suggestions from others, I will resume my weekly weigh-ins (beginning next Saturday). However, this time I am going to record my weight as an average of my weight each day of the week. It can fluctuate so much from one day to the next, I think this will give me a better overall picture of where I am at. And it give the OCD part of me an excuse to get on the scale each day.
I hope that 2011 brings you readers contentment and health and that we are all able to achieve what we’ve set out to accomplish in the coming year!
At the insistence of Neil (and my own gut-feeling), I’ve scheduled an appointment at the OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute with Dr. James Sebold.
Things just aren’t getting better in my ankle. It is waking me up at night when I move in my sleep because it hurts. Depending on the position, I can’t put any weight on it at all (other positions it feels just fine). Unfortunately, I think to truly heal the problem I need to stay off my foot. Since that isn’t going to happen, I guess I better get some professional advice and help with it.
The other annoying thing is that my right leg is getting sore from taking all the weight off the other one.
More thoughts: I’ve been thinking about this all day today and wanted to add some thoughts. First, I am completely and utterly frustrated. However, I need to remember that this is a journey and I am still just at the beginning of it. There will be bumps and detours and outright roadblocks…but I can get through and around all of them in time (sorry about the persistence of metaphors there). Patience is not my virtue. Now that I’ve made my mind up on making these changes in my life, I want to see their results now! But it simply doesn’t work that way – sometimes it is easy to forget that (at least it is easy for me to forget that).
Also, could health insurance be any more complicated? Well, don’t really ask me to answer that because yes, I believe it will be even more so in the near future if some things aren’t changed…but I digress from the general topics of this blog. I spent hours this morning trying to figure out whether the doctors at this facility are part of the “in network” coverage on my insurance. I couldn’t find them or the facility anywhere in the directory when accessing it from an internal company website, but when I went directly through my provider website there they were. So I’ve crossed my fingers that they are. And I am still not sure, even if they are part of the “in” network, whether my HRA covers the out-of-pocket expenses associated with this type of visit. I guess we’ll see!
Lastly, I am surprised at myself. I am missing running. I never, ever thought I would utter those words. This whole thing started out as a way to get healthy. Just a means to an end – I never in a million years thought I would actually grow to enjoy it as much as I do.