Friday, August 10, 2012

Update

After that post yesterday what did I do? I walked! Actually I pushed it a bit too far. It is so hard to gauge when it is 'enough' or 'too much' anymore. Trial and error! I took Dog #1 for a walk, about 1 1/4 miles (nothing super fast, no big hills or anything) and then came back to walk Dog #2 (who hasn't got enough leash manners yet to walk pleasantly with Dog #1) and I thought, "I will make this a shorter walk, since my feet are starting to ache a little." So Dog #2 got 3/4 mile. (Dog #2 is the "foster" dog I found in June, whose owner gave her to me, who is still here and doing wonderfully).

By the time I got home I was limping! Two miles total, and I had to put my feet up and take ibuprofen. This morning I had to take more. I was so sore I could barely walk! It's that darned plantar fasciitis again. I thought I had it about 80% cured with the new fitted orthotics and special shoes and stretches, but apparently not. On a scale of 1 to 10 of PF pain, I got a ten. I am taking notes, so I can find that threshold I was talking about yesterday.

On a positive note, my knees didn't bother me at all! So today I will bike instead of walking, which hopefully will take the pressure off my feet and still allow me some exercise. I'm also going to look into some yoga or pilates or something; my city has classes starting this fall but it depends on my schedule, since I am applying for a new job. Fingers crossed!

I bought some new protein shakes, too, the other day. I like to have something easy to grab when I am just not feeling up to cooking, or in a rush, or get in that mindset of not knowing what to eat and getting frustrated. I am trying this one because it has no soy, sugar, artificial colors or flavors, or artificial sweeteners: Chocolate Protein Energizer . I will let you know how I like it.

I am also eating a lot of Farmer's Market stuff, like fresh cantaloupe, watermelon, berries of every kind, plums, peaches, squash, greens, and tomatoes. A favorite meal is a salad of diced tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with fresh basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. Next week I am taking the kids to a peach orchard to pick some fruit! I can't wait.... peaches are one of my favorite foods. We've also been enjoying fish that my son caught, lean beef, free range eggs, and Greek yogurt. I have not been perfect in staying away from grains, but I am okay with that. I do want to share my birthday cake recipe soon though! It was a Paleo/Primal grain free, sugar free chocolate cake my son made for my birthday last month and it was so good!

That's all for now! I am soaking up the last weeks of summer before school starts again. We have a busy month planned, with the County Fair coming up and one last road trip for some dog sports events and some time on the beach with two or three of my kids. Life's good! Hope yours is too.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your determination is amazing. Don't think for one second that all your hard work isn't making a diffrence! It surely is.

Debbie said...

I am having the same problem with my foot. I have had it before and it went away with stretching and rolling it on ice. Now it is back and when I get up in the morning it kills me. I have taken to stretching my foot before I get up and I never go with out some kind of shoe on my foot at home now. If you have any suggestions on how to treat it I would love to hear them. My doctor says about all you can do is what I am doing with the stretching and rolling it on ice. I would love to be able to walk again.

Lyn said...

Debbie~

it really is awful. My doctor said it can take 3 to 6 months to resolve! I am doing what you are, plus taking anti-inflammatories my doctor recommended. I wear Superfeet orthotic inserts, Brooks shoes that my feet were measured/evaluated for, and Oofos support sandals. It helps but when I walk too much, I pay.

Vickie said...

I am so sorry your feet are still painful, you are smart to use bike instead.

My kids all start/move back to school this coming week!

Diandra said...

Sounds as if you will have to stick with maybe 1.5miles for quite some time. I know how tough it is to limit yourself when you really want to do your best... but you can do it!