Monday, January 4, 2010

Slow Going...

If you'd have told me a week ago that I would spend the first 4 days of 2010 sitting on the couch not exercising, I'd have said you were crazy. I had big plans for January. There would be bike rides every day... increasing them from my usual 30 minutes to 40 or perhaps even longer. I'd walk a couple times a week, out in the cold winter weather; I'd purchased new gloves and a jacket and a little portable radio, mapped out 1.75 to 2 mile routes, and geared myself up mentally ("It will be so nice to get outside in the sunshine! I can't wait to breathe the fresh air and clear my head!") I planned to break out the Wii Fit a couple times a week too, because my kids like it and I like it and it gets my heart rate up; I even bought a new game for it to keep my interest high. And then I'd be doing my Biggest Loser Power Sculpt DVD three times a week for strength training. Oh, I had big plans! I'd decided that 2010 would be my most active year yet, with a big focus on exercise while maintaining my healthy eating habits. But instead, I sit like a lump on the couch.

It's not a motivation problem. I'm not just being lazy. I would LOVE to be doing all of those things right now, but I am sidelined because of this ridiculous foot injury. From what I can self-diagnose online, I have irritated my metatarsals by repetitive use and constant pressure on the balls of my feet. I think this happened as a result of a few things: 1) being heavy and walking a lot, 2) biking in just my socks, on high resistance, which put a lot of constant pressure directly on the balls of my feet, 3) using the Wii Fit step exercise barefoot... stress to the same spot, and 4) having severe arthritis. Of course, I can't know for sure unless I see a podiatrist, which is on the agenda for next week IF my feet have not improved by then. (I have had this same injury before and it healed on its own within a week, so I am hopeful this will be the same). In the meantime, rest, anti-inflammatories, and special inserts in my shoes are helping. I did try to bike yesterday and only got in 5 minutes on no resistance before the pain started. It hurts to even walk, so there is no way I can bike, fitness walk, do Wii Fit, or do that DVD. I do not have access to an indoor swimming pool. So my exercise is severely limited right now. I am, however, starting a new strength training routine tomorrow which I can do while sitting down (upper body and core work). So that's the plan.

In the past, an injury would have absolutely derailed me from even trying to eat right. I'd get all flustered about the injury and go off baking brownies and eating fried peanut butter & bacon sandwiches because, after all, if I couldn't do it "perfectly" then why try at all? This time, I've kept on eating healthy and doing everything *else* right. I can't exercise, and it bugs me, and I am annoyed that I am not outside walking. I hate staring at my bike in the corner and not being able to get on it. But I know I just have to wait. And not bike in my socks anymore.

By the way, I am down 2 pounds to 226 since the first of January. Guess I can do this without exercise for awhile if I have to :)

Tomorrow... look for the Healthy Habit-A-Week Challenge, revisited: a great way to get started on a lifestyle change to better health!

31 comments:

Enz said...

I love your positive outlook!

Tamzin said...

fill a little (550ml) plastic bottle with water and freeze it - then use it to massage and ice your foot! The bumpier the better. I've had that before and I use the bottle to help me. Might give you some relief!

Kyle Gershman said...

I'm in the same boat. I injured my back trying to life something a wee too heavy for me (yes I bent my knees and lifted with my legs).

Anyway, I use the Bodybugg so I know what my caloric burn is, so I just make sure to be extra careful on my caloric intake.

It is frustrating since it may slow my rate of loss, but won't stop it.

Feel better hun!

The Brown Recluse said...

Hey...the quicker you get to the dr., the better!
You're going to be ok...just keep on keeping on, exercise or not.

sarah said...

i've been trying to talk myself into going for walks daily... usually about a 2 mile loop around the neighborhood. now i'm feeling guilty that i haven't been going as often as i should... because i CAN... and that's a gift! so thank you for helping me get off my butt today... tonight's walk is for you!

spunkysuzi said...

I hope it feels better soon!!

Autumnforest said...

I can totally relate. I ruptured my Achilles tendon and had to have it reattached--not fun at all. The recovery was horrendous and it's been a year and a half and I'm left with a tingling foot and cramped feeling. Foot injuries suck. Be sure and not walk barefoot and cut yourself some slack. You can still lift weights at least.

45+ and Aspiring said...

Keep up your spirit.

I wish you hadn't said fried peanut butter and bacon sandwich. . . sounds so odd that it's tantalizing! ;)

JewliaGoulia said...

Awww. . . I'm sorry about your injury. You are determined and you still keep reminding yourself what needs to be done, so I don't think you will be lost when your back on your feet. :)

Julia
http://jewliagoulia.blogspot.com

Tony the Pink Panda said...

It sucks not being able to exercise. There were days where I couldn't go to the gym because my knee was in a lot of pain, so I definitely know what you are going through. And YES! You can certainly lose weight without exercise, as long as there is a calorie deficit.

Deb said...

Feel better soon!

I can't figure out whether or not you are serious about the friend PB and bacon sandwich! Sounds....um....interesting? ;-)

Lyn said...

Deb~

Dead serious. I used to fry some bacon, then take 2 slices of white bread, spread with Jif, stick 4 slices of crisp bacon in there, butter the bread and fry it up. I was nuts.

Louise said...

hi - with regard to the foot injury and cycling. Bike shoes have a very stiff sole, so the foot doesn't bend (and therefore the metatarsals don't get irritated). Maybe try putting a slab of something stiff under your shoe liner.

Cycling is one of the best exercises you can do - don't give it up!

antgirl said...

Ouch! Hope it clears up quick.

Karyn said...

sorry you're sidelined for a time - but so proud of you for not giving up completely! I think exercsing your upper body and core is a terrific plan!

Claire said...

Good for you! I'm down to 199 pounds now (from 303) and the difference is huge! My feet don't hurt any more. Twenty pounds would make all the difference for you. x

Vickie said...

I broke a metatarsal in college and I still have to be very careful of it to this day.

I work through a ortho guy for my shoes and inserts.

Athletic shoes - laced tightly/correctly are a big factor.

When mine was actually broken, that was a choice of treatment (that or a cast) - only took the shoes off to shower.

And I had my blankets positioned very loose at night so they did not put any stress/pressure on my foot.

I only wear shoes that have a ton of support and accommodate my insert. And I wear shoes if I am on my feet.

Another factor for me is taking small steps. If I have a wide stride - it causes me to roll over the whole length of the foot and that really aggravates things.

Don’t mean to sound like a Debbie Downer. But of all the things wrong with me - this is the one that causes the most problems. I have to be REALLY careful to prevent aggravation. Because it is exactly as you say - once the problem starts - it limits my exercise greatly.

So sorry that you are going through this!!!

Vickie said...

And as you said, you can do a LOT of pilates and free weight work on the floor with NO weight on feet.

Krista said...

Hi Lyn! I don't comment often but I read all the time. I just wanted to say that the Wii board is very hard on my feet, too. AND, last april I ended up with achiles tendinitis in BOTH feet from doing too many of Jillian Michael's "mountain climbers". Not being able to run for 6 weeks was tough...mentally and physically...but injuries do heal given time. Remember, it's mind over matter so your ever positive attitude will see you through in the end!! :)

Leslie said...

Hi Lyn -

My nurse self is activated from reading your post. Also, I've had a number of bouts with tendonitis across my upper R foot over the years. Also nurseing a post-op knee recently, and all I'm going to suggest I've been doing for the knee.
1. Always good quality athletic shoes laced securely but not too tight during ALL exercise.
2. Ice after any movement that causes pain for 10 minutes. Even if you bike for 5 only with no pain - ice immediately after. You can do 10 minutes every hour even if you're not exercising. Decreases inflammation and pain.
3. Elevate the foot whenever possible when you're sitting.
4. Ibuprofen 600mg every 6-8 hours for a full week, whether you're hurting or not. Fantastic anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Either a snug sock or an ace bandage securely wrapped will keep the area compressed and supported.

Good luck! I'm dying to get back to my usual level of activity, and I simply have to take it slow.

Teale said...

Oh man, exercise without shoes? That would kill my feet after one time! I hope you're feeling up to part soon! I've also just recently gotten a foot injury (but not due to exercise! LOL). I think it may be plantar faschiatis (sp?). It basically feels like I have a charlie horse in the bottom of my foot.... at ALL TIMES. It's awful!

Hanlie said...

As the saying goes, where there is a will, there is a way. Sounds like you are so motivated to lose weight that a mere injury will not derail you! Well done!

Tiff said...

Yea probably wasn't a good idea to bike without shoes on! lol

You live and you learn right? :)

Tina said...

Hope you are feeling better soon Lyn. Your attitude is awesome!!

Hope @ Hope's Journey said...

Good for you! Sometimes life can derail even the best of intentions, and I applaud you for not giving up!

Hope

401sue said...

Just marking my spot

Helen said...

Hi Lyn,
I'm so sorry that you've been sidelined by your injury. Foot injuries really do suck.

Great job on keeping your eating on track though.

Kimberly said...

I am sorry to hear that you have an injury. Here is hoping that it heals quickly.

Kailey said...

I hope you feel better soon! It's good that you're mind is still set on working out though. That will make it much easier to get back on track once you're all healed up. Sending warm thoughts your way!

Liz said...

Thanks for challenge. I love it! I drink water but I never monitored when or how much so it will be interesting to see what I really am drinking.

screwdestiny said...

Fried peanut butter and bacon sandwiches, huh? That's craziness.

I hope your foot gets better soon.