Thursday, July 24, 2008
Bad news at the doctor today. I finally got my poor broken pata's under an x-ray machine. The miracle of technology- it only took 10 minutes for me to view my foot pics. So, my doc shows me the top shots of my feet, which look fine. But, the profile shot (side views)... well... let's just say you don't need to be a doctor to see that there was something abnormal. The part that I was trying to avoid, the one thing I *didn't* want to happen did indeed happen- both my feet have spurred.
For those not in the know (I really didn't have a visual until today), when the injury- which is located in the tendon in the arch- is untreated or continues to be in its injured state, the point at which the tendon adheres to the heel bone becomes strained. The straining begins to cause the bone to calcify... in other words, the bone grows outwards, into a weird looking point. Thus the pain.
My doc told me (and I quote) "You have the feet of a 40-year-old." He went on to say that I must have been in extreme pain this whole time. Which is true more or less... but, I consider myself such a "badass" that I laugh in the face of pain! Not really, but I think I just got used to it after a while.
Now the "real" healing shall begin. I'm to see a podiatrist asap. I will most likely begin a regimen of light physical therapy, injection therapy (I dunno what they'll inject), and have some specially made orthotics/insoles for me to wear. If the above treatments aren't successful, I'll have to have surgery to remove the calcification/spur. I hope it doesn't come to that.
Oddly enough, out of all this, I have not been told to stay off my feet. I told the doc I was going on a hike this Saturday with my San Diego Sparkteam and he said awesome times... Told me to take some pain meds before heading out the door, and then take some more when I get back and soak my feet in ice water (or just ice them down).
Now, I'm just frustrated. I'm scared that if I do keep on my feet and exercise and such, that I'm going to be making this injury worse. But, if I don't exercise and lose some weight, I'm still going to be straining my broken feet! What's a girl supposed to do?
The x-ray above is NOT my foot, but shows you what I'm talking about. Obviously that point is NOT supposed to be at the bottom of a normal heel bone. But, I've got one on each foot! Hooray for me!!!
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Good Lord. I am on a downward spiral. In everything I've got to do.
I haven't gotten any exercise in in about two weeks. I have eated horribly. I haven't tracked anything- food, exercise, etc in even longer. I'm sure I'm way back over my start weight!
I have so much homework that I keep putting off. University is not the place to do that. I've gotten an F on one assignment so far. I've gotten a C on something I turned in late, but would have gotten a B if it had been on time. That is not like me. I'm an A and B student.
I haven't slept in two weeks.
I have so many "little" obligations to meet in the coming weeks. I can't seem to get my brain to seperate them into small, manageable tasks- I just keep seeing the bigger picture. I have to send my transcripts to a local community college for summer school, my wisdom teeth need to be removed- first I need to find a dentist and the money for copays, I have to go to summer school, I need to find a house for next year, I need to get and send my mom a Mother's Day gift, I have to work Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, I have another assignment to finish that was due YESTERDAY, and one that's due this Friday, next week I have to see a play for class, my friend is visiting this Saturday before she goes to Europe for 2 months... I'm going to stop there. All these tasks need to be accomplished in the next few weeks.
I'm slipping into shutdown mode. I'm trying not to, but this is difficult for me. I am feeling completely overwhelmed. OVER-WHELMED!!!
Monday, March 31, 2008
Yup, that's me up there... using the fat kid's trick- the oldest one in the book- BAGGY CLOTHING! I'm too ashamed to post the one of me scarfing the s'more! Hahaha!!!
So, my plantar fasciitis was officially diagnosed by a medical professional. It's been difficult in the healing process. The best way to heal is to stay off your feet. Yeah, right! Like THAT'S gonna happen! I have stayed off them as much as possible.
That means having to modify my routine. I haven't gotten any kind of "real" exercise since being injured (and school has been a tremendous struggle all quarter), so now I've come up with a few new ways to get moving without straining my poor patas.
First, and this is the one I'm really excited for, I'm taking a swim aerobics class. This one comes straight from a suggestion by a wonderful, gracious member that commented on my last blog. I think she's correct in that swimming and staying in the water will reduce the strain on my arches. Plus, I know I'll get a swell workout! I go twice a week, and I have 2 swimming pools in my apartment complex.
Second, using the resources here at Sparkpeople, I've favorited some exercises that are geared for people to do sitting at their desk. If I can't be standing, then I can at least workout while sitting, right? It's at least a start until the tootsies heal completely. I've got to do something!
Thirdly, I need to be more diligent when it comes to eating better. I'm a major emotional eater and when I stress, I grab anything in sight. I've made a list, printed it out, and hung it on the wall of my guidelines. They are as follows:
"No More Fat Ass"
1) Exercise 3-4 times a week
* 30-40 mins. Cardio [Treadmill, elliptical, stairs, bicycle, etc]
* 2-3 days of hammer strength [work each muscle group]
* 2-3 days of circuit weights [work each muscle group]
* 2-3 days of core training [choose 3 exercises per day]
* 10 mins. of Stretching [stretch each muscle group worked]
* Explore new exercises: boxing, aerobics classes, walking in the ‘hood, etc.
2) Eat healthier meals
* Add more fruits and vegetables
* Add more whole grain
* Add soy products
* Add lean meats [fish, chicken, etc.]
* Reduce fats, red meats, salts, carbs, calories, etc.
* Take vitamins daily!
3) Make better choices
* Split the meals
* Choose Chicken!
* No fried foods!
* Drink water
* Don’t be lazy!
* Take the stairs
* Get adequate sleep
So, those, in addition to academic goals, are what I'm focusing on for the next 11 weeks. Healing feet, losing weight, and getting healthy in addition to good grades and quality work... I have quite a quarter ahead. I'm looking forward to [most] of it!
Friday, February 22, 2008
Man, just when I'm getting back into the groove of things...
My feet revolt.
I've been "unofficially" diagnosed (by my trainer, waiting for doctor appointment) as having plantar fasciitis (heel spurs). What a painful journey its been! I've been having problems with my feets for more than a month, but as is common to college students, I tried the 'ignore technique' first. And it has come back with a vengeance in a bad way!!!
The pain/discomfort is constant. I feel like an invalid. My school's campus is all hills and my classes are miles apart from each other... or so it seems. I have to be on my feet for 6 hour stretches at work. My friends try to drive me around as much as possible. What did I do to my feet to make them do this???
How does one maintain an exercise routine and weight loss journey/ lifestyle change when one can hardly walk? I am so despondent. This is a worse setback than that dumb cold I caught a while back.
Much weeping is had.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I technically started my weight loss/nutrition/lifestyle changes two weeks ago. I started at 196lbs, and am down to 187lbs. I've been eating better and making sure to get in my cardio and follow my trainer's instructions as best I can.
I had a big setback, though. It's unfortunate that it was mostly out of my control. I woke up on Wednesday at the time I normally begin my day with a migraine. It was the worst migraine I've had in 2 years. I could not stand up, I could not have bright light or loud noise, and I could most definitely not make it out of the house to class and work. I called in sick and emailed my professors and TA's. I spent the day in bed, trying to stay hydrated. My stomach was upset, so I ate very little. Medications didn't start helping until well into the evening.
Ever since then, I've had absolutely NO energy. None, zero, zip, nada, zilch... I'm not tired. I don't feel sleepy- I feel drained. Malnurished maybe. But, I definitely haven't the energy to walk to school or around campus, let alone get in my normal workout. I'm so discouraged! I can't get myself up and moving without feeling what energy I have leave my body. I expected to feel weak and tired on Thursday, just as a recovery time from such a bad, soul-sucking migraine. But, it's Friday and I still feel drained. Most discouraged and angry.
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