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A funk is an understated description of where I’m at these days. I’ve been ill, work is taking pretty much every waking moment, and whatever minutes are left each week are spent (poorly) with the animals and boyfriend.

Exercise has been a nagging thought in the back of my mind through everything else and my weight (which is not going down in even the tiniest way) is just adding to the stress. I’ve got to figure out how to fit exercise into my crazy schedule, but I have no more ideas on how to make that happen. Just when it seems things will settle down a bit with work more new stuff is thrown at our team. The only thing that has me hanging in there is the potential for some very good career stuff coming up this next year.

So yeah. I’ve got nothing (except some extra body fat I’d be more than happy to part with). The extra frustrating part is that I know exercise will help with the stress in addition to getting my weight back under control. *sigh*

Here endeth the whining.

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My Birthday Resolution

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Weight: 208

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*whew* Thank goodness for small (or maybe huge) favors! It appears that over the past few months of healing, I have not really gained back any of the weight I lost. Yeehaw! And that happened without paying attention to what I was eating which usually means it wasn’t all that good for me.

This is a huge motivator to keep on keepin’ on with this journey. It means that what I was doing was working, even if it wasn’t as fast as I wanted it to be. I still plan to complete a half-marathon, but I am going to wait before committing to one until after I have gotten back into things and can set a realistic, safe date. I don’t want a repeat of the injury from pushing too hard. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean I won’t push myself, I just want to be sure not to add too much too soon.

I haven’t taken any measurements yet…tomorrow is my official start back day so I will take them then. I am pleased with the timing:  Today is my birthday and my personal resolution for my 37th year is to get fit.

Slug.

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This weather is not helping. My natural instinct is to hibernate when it is cold like this. We had yet more snow this morning…thankfully it was really just a dusting and didn’t stick to the important parts (the streets, sidewalks, patio). Though, if my dogs were children, they would have tried to make a three-inch snowman out of whatever they could get to stick together. They LOVE this weather.

I did get a small work-out on Tuesday at the George Bush airport in Houston…the lady at the ticket counter was actually helpful. And friendly. And…nice! Yes, an airline employee was NICE. At any rate, I know the rules about time-frames for checking bags for flights and such – there was a flight leaving about 30 minutes from the time I arrived at her counter and I was fully expecting to just try to get on the next flight (I got done with work stuff ahead of schedule). Instead, she managed to find me a window seat on that flight leaving in 30 minutes.  A full flight, and she got my bag on the plane. So, I booked it through security (who were also nice, oddly enough) and ran for the gate. It is the first time I’ve ever been glad a flight was delayed by 15 minutes. Heh. And even with the delay, that flight arrived on-time in Charlotte. The travel gods were smiling on me on Tuesday.

The whole point of the above story is that my legs are sore. (My lower back is too, but that is from being smashed on a plane and hauling heavy bags around.) Running in heeled boots, even for short distances, uses some different muscles. I admit, it feels good to “feel” my legs again, but it has also put a damper on my desire to go out and walk the dog through my incredibly hilly neighborhood. They are not gentle, rolling hills (well, maybe they are if you are looking at them from 20,000 feet in the air)…they are mountains that require climbing.

I think my plan for today will be to tackle the house cleaning that needs doing (three cats running around a house for a week-and-a-half make a lot of fur!) and I will go run errands later. Tomorrow, no matter what, I am taking Moo for a speed walk. I even plan to use the Garmin to see how we do on pace and distance (assuming I can remember how to use it).

I’m almost back…and then look-out world!

Oh, and I also want to congratulate my two running friends again. I am SO impressed and SO proud of you both! Wendy ran in her first race ever (an 8k) and rocked it! And Holly ran a marathon. A freakin’ FULL marathon. 26.2 miles! There are days I won’t drive that far to get someplace, I can’t even begin to imagine running that far…you are incredible, lady!

A flawed plan…

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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.

New Year’s Resolutions

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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!

The Verdict

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I have a stress fracture in my lower tibia. It is so new, in fact, that is was nothing more than a white shadow on the x-rays. However, that little baby hurts.

I am in a “boot” for the next three weeks – if things are looking and feeling better, then I might be allowed to swim or use a stationary bike for exercise. But, I have been told that I won’t be running on it for at least three to four months. So, there goes the half marathon.

I am bummed beyond words. I was so upset I forgot to wait for my prescription when I left the doctor’s office. I am thankful, though, I don’t need a cast. I can walk without crutches in The Boot, and I am required to wear a tennis shoe on my other foot for support and to even out the hight between my legs, so at least I can wear comfy shoes when traveling for a while. LOL

The weireder, stranger part is that there may be one in my right ankle too. The doctor is going to look into that if it is still tender at my follow-up visit in a few weeks.

My overall plans don’t change. I will run a half marathon. Now that I’ve committed to it, I want to follow through, even if it isn’t happening on the original time schedule. And in the meantime, I still plan to go down to Florida in March to cheer on my friends. I need a vacation away from home stuff anyway…some time alone with Neil will be good…and the timing for that will be perfect.

Also, I will still be writing here about my progress with generally trying to get fit and shed some pounds. Swimming and biking are going to require a gym membership somewhere, though, so I will have to start seriously looking into that. And food is always an easy topic to write about, even if it isn’t as easy to control shoveling into my mouth sometimes

By the way, my doctor, Dr Sebold, is an awesome fella. He took it right in stride when I burst into tears in the exam room after he told me no running for three to four months and reminded me that the good part was that it will heal up and should be just fine. I also learned that I have an extra bone in my foot. Apparently I am a mutant freak of nature after all!

“Doctor, doctor, give me the news…”

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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.