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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.

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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!