Sunday, August 30, 2009

Slight Problem...

Saturday, I ate healthy stuff. I did have 3 squares of chocolate, but the rest of the day was healthy protein, veggies, fruit. I got up in the morning and thought, "I should walk. It looks nice outside. Overcast and cool. I want to walk." I knew the forecast called for possible thunderstorms and I didn't really feel like walking all the way to that nice park again, so I drove down to that park. When I got there, I took out the stroller and put my daughter in it and we walked. I think I went about 1.5 miles. Funny thing... as soon as we got to the park, the clouds parted and the sun came out. It was HOT on my skin. I thought I would pass out. This was NOT what I imagined for my walk! But I did it anyway, drinking water, chugging along, sweating and enjoying the scenery and the feeling of my body moving. Often when I am walking and want to stop, I imagine the fat literally melting off my body as I walk, leaving buttery footprints behind me. It helps.

After a nice walk, my daughter played at the park and then we drove home.

Mid-day, we decided to play some Wii Fit. It's really cute to watch a skinny 4-year-old masterfully balancing on the Wii board, making all the balls go into the holes on the screen. She's pretty good at the hula hooping too, and the slalom jump. Oh and she can walk a mean tightrope! I did 20 minutes of activity (I do balance games to warm up and cool down, with step aerobics in between. Surprisingly, they don't seem to hurt my knees since the Wii board is an awfully short step a couple of inches tall). I got my heart rate up pretty good with that.

In the evening, I felt like walking again, so we headed out in the cool of the day, daughter in pj's in the stroller. I walked a mile. It felt good.

My knees hurt but nothing worse than usual, and nothing feels any worse for all the activity... except for my poor foot! Last night I took a step and felt a sharp pain in my foot. Ugh! I may have fractured it! Yeah, a fat person can actually fracture their feet just by walking because of the sheer weight and pressure on those bones (do you remember the guy on Fat March who fractured both his feet walking?) Anyway, this morning it is pretty bad. It only hurts when I stand up or walk. No walking today. I hope it isn't really a fracture, and I hope it heals fast. It scares me, because I think, "oh my gosh. If I cannot exercise I am going to lose it. I'll binge. I'll go nuts. I can't succeed if I can't walk and bike and do Wii Fit!!" When I think about it I want to go eat fast food. Maybe I can lift weights while sitting instead. At least it will work my upper body.

Hang in there, self. It'll be okay!


The Road Curves Ahead said...

I love the thought of leaving butter footprints behind you while walk. That's a great image.

I hope your foot feels better soon.

jules said...


Me too, I love your image with the buttery prints...hehe... and I believe these imaginations can be really powerful.
Another thing, why don't you go see a doc for your foot? From your posts I can you are a great mum, taking care of your kids so much, taking them to all their doctors appointments and so on, maybe take a little more care about yourself? I am just suggesting though. After all I don't know you.
But I love your blog and your honesty in it. I'm sure you'll get through this. Sending you strength!

Lyn said...


If my foot gets worse or isn't better in a week or so, I'll probably go see a doctor. I don't have health insurance right now so I can't afford to go in unless it's kinda urgent. I'm going to try staying off it and taking anti-inflammatories and see how it goes. Thanks for the well wishes :)

spunkysuzi said...

Ouch!! I fractured a bone in my foot a few years ago and i was a waitress at the time and kept of working on it. Let it take time to heal. It does eventually feel better but it does take a few weeks.

Deb said...

I hope it's not a break! You may have plantar fasciitis. It can be caused by weight and can be quite painful. Stretching the bottom of your foot can be helpful.

Karyn said...

I hope it isn't a fracture either.

You have been doing great and I am so proud of you. It is amazing how someone you only know through reading their blogs can be such an inspiration and you can be proud of them just the same.

Take it easy with your foot so you can get back into it! I think I will use your buttery imagery when I go for my runs!

MB said...

Ouch...I hope it isn't a fracture. I broke my foot walking down the driveway and twisted it in a small hole in the cement. Walked on it for 10 days without getting an air cast. I would definitely have it checked out sooner rather than later. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Sure you can exercise sitting down!
Maybe sitting on a ball would add a core challenge without a foot challenge. I think I could even get my heart rate up if I got enthusiastic enough, still sitting on the ball.

Good luck with this. You have a winning attitude already!

Lisa said...

Great job with your exercise~

Friend of the Bear said...

Wow. Wanting to go for a walk twice in one day and doing all that exercise in between... Brilliant! That's the thing with exercise. Once you get into it you can't not do it because your body is expecting it and gears up for it. You really are on a roll.

Your foot problem is much more likely to be a sprain than a break (though you should still get an x-ray to be certain). I had soft tissue damage in my feet years ago and it was very painful and took ages to heal. The only thing that helped was keeping my foot up and not walking on it too much. So take every opportunity to put it up. An ice pack/ bag frozen veg on it or soaking in cold water helped me as well.

The exercise bike will still be fine as your feet aren't taking the weight.

Don't let this problem deter you or throw you off track as you are doing so well. I know how frightening it is to think you might not be able to walk for a while - I've been there myself. All you can do is trust in your body's ability to heal itself. And it will.

Sending you my best wishes,
Bearfriend xx

Sarah said...

I'd like to second Deb's comment. Google, plantar fasciitis. It is incredibly painful but not a break. I've dealt with this in the past and it can get better, but stretching and ice is required. If you haven't been that active in a while I would think it might be that.

Glad to see you are out and about though. Keep active.

screwdestiny said...

Oh, sorry to hear about your foot. Hopefully it's nothing serious. Does riding the recumbent bike hurt it, though? It seems like that doesn't put a ton of pressure on the feet, so that might still be okay...

Lyn said...

Sarah & Deb~

Ohhh yeah, I know plantar fasciitis!! That was a horrible year when I had that, about ten years ago. It took FOREVER to heal.

This pain I have is on the top of my foot (sort of), near the front and hurts when I put weight on the ball of my foot. It does seem to be improving already so maybe it isn't going to derail me for too long.

Thanks for all the supportive comments!!

Lyn said...


unfortunately that are of the foot is right where the pain is (the ball of the foot on the bike pedal) so biking does hurt, even with just the mild pressure.

I tried to do a yoga tape but only could do the sitting parts so far.

I plan to do sit ups and arm exercises with weights for now, and in 2-3 days try biking again. I will wait a few more days before I walk again. I didn't even go back to school shopping today... no way I could even walk the stores.

Wii Fat Marathon said...

Unfortunately, you are all too correct about fat people breaking their feet. I just found out two days ago that my right foot pain was from a fracture.

Check out my blog if you want to see if and how I overcome it. I've been trying to run in a fracture shoe, but I'm thinking "AquaJogger" until I get better.

I hope yours isn't broken, too!

- Greg

Wii Fat Marathon said...

Oh, I forgot! My foot x-rays were more-or-less unremarkable ... the bone scan told the story. As the scan was being performed, I saw the area of the proximal portion of the right second metatarsal show up like a spotlight. Since that's where my pain was located, I knew that was bad news. My orthopedic surgeon recommended no running for 6 weeks (which I prompted ignored - and I told him as much). I'm wearing the fracture shoe to prevent the metatarsals from bending.

As far as NSAIDs, like aspirin, Motrin, and Aleve, are concerned, there is evidence that they MIGHT delay bone healing, so be careful. Here's a link you might find interesting:

- Greg

Anonymous said...

When I did fracture my toe last year, I knew I fractured it because it blew up like a balloon and was horridly bruised. I think if it isn't bruised or severely swollen... you are good.

Wii Fat Marathon said...

Well, for the record, I had no increased warmth over the area, no swelling, no redness ... just PAIN!

It started hurting a few days after a road race, so I worked out lightly for nearly two weeks. It didn't seem to make much difference, really. The next race, it only hurt the last two miles. I took it easy afterwards, but it still hurt. The most recent race, Tuesday, it hurt the ENTIRE time. So, Friday was bone scan day.

If I had no health insurance, I would have NOT gotten the x-ray and bone scan because I already had strong suspicions it was broken. I'd take it easy and wear a rigid shoe that wouldn't let my foot bend.

The location of your pain sounds uncharacteristic for plantar fasciitis, but more like a metatarsal fracture, although other things could cause it, too. Your pain, well, it sounds A LOT like mine. Your pain is more distal than mine, but these fractures are more commonly more distal than mine.

Take it easy and consider avoiding non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents if you can.

new*me said...

sending the foot some hugs ;) and you as well. Missed you !

Derek said...

"Often when I am walking and want to stop, I imagine the fat literally melting off my body as I walk, leaving buttery footprints behind me." That's something that will stick with me. It's brilliant imagery.

Vickie said...

you might have been taking too long of steps - that is a mistake many people make - trying to push themselves to go faster and get their heart rate UP.

It is better (when you are heavy and the feet are vulnerable) to take lots of quick, short steps.

It is actually the rolling over the foot (which is more intense with a longer step) that does it.

What you might have broken is the metatarsal (and that is very painful, speaking from experience).

the other factor that helps is properly lacing your shoes - not slipping your feet in and out. You are probably careful about this - but once you have healed - you will be even more careful.

If the bones are lined up correctly - they will probably tell you to keep your tennis shoes ON and properly laced except when you are sleeping and in the shower.

Does it hurt to ride your bike?

Leslie said...

Best remedy for the foot at this juncture: RICE= R - rest, I - ice,
C - compression, E - elevation. The old nurse acronym to decrease the inflammation of what is probably some kind of fascitis. Try to ice 20 minutes every couple hours, keep it elevated when possible, if you have an ace bandage, wrap it to sort of stabilize it (compression) but if not, no big deal.

And I agree - you don't need to use the foot to exercise. You're doing so well. Try some upper body sitting down! Anything to get your heart rate up a bit. Hoping for a fast recovery!

flyingwoman said...

If you have exercise bands or straps, you can also do a wide range of legwork without using that part of your foot.

Rooting for ya!

NewMe said...

Like others have said, use ICE: 15 minutes at a time, a few times a day.

Good luck and remember, junk food will not help it get better faster! lol

ryry the adventurous said...

It could just be a bone spur! My husband just got over one of those. They are common for everyone. Skinny, chubby, fat, athletic, everyone gets em. :)

ryry the adventurous said...

And by the way - now is a great time to do some pilates! Something on the floor that isn't feet dependent. A 20 minute pilates workout can really work you, seriously!! I know when I first started doing pilates my abs, back and arms were feeling it like never before. Try it!

Jill said...

Just remember, weight loss is 80% diet, 20% exercise. If you still eat healthily through this time, you will continue to lose weight. If you binge, you'll gain. So be very careful with your diet - be sure to get tons of fruits and veggies which you love, and you'll do great!

antgirl said...

Don't let one set back derail everything. Do what exercise you can that does not aggravate your foot. Don't use it as an excuse to go off the rails on what you eat. :) It's only a delay.

Keeven said...

Sorry to hear about your foot. But only when there is challenges we will be a stronger person. Keep pushing! Good Luck! For the record, you got a great blog going here.

South Beach Steve said...

I am going to second a lot of other comments here - there are several things it could be. I have had three distinct pains in my feet the last several years, and two of them felt like I had broken something. One ended up being gout, and the other ended up being a pinched nerve. My doctor advises taking ibuprofen regularly when hurting to keep the swelling down, which in turn keeps the pain down.

Good luck with this.