Tuesday, May 08, 2012
I was supposed to start week three yesterday but I really screwed up my back Sunday night, so I have just been taking it easy, mostly laying down or sitting with a heating pad on my back and taking Ibuprofen and muscle relaxers. I even missed work Monday and today. I did go to my interview on Monday morning and it went okay. I am still planning on applying to more jobs and interviewing as much as possible, I don't want to wait around for anything.
I have been down since I hurt my back and eating everything in sight so I probably gained what little I lost back. Oh well, gotta keep on keepin' on.
So my plan is to walk every day for 30 minutes and start back over on my plan next Monday with the walk/run. That way I won't be pushing it too hard with my back and I am still getting exercise. I will be having another garage sale this Saturday, so I might have to change the type of seating I am using, that may have been what triggered my back spasms. I also need to pay attention to me and eat when I am hungry and eat for fuel, not to push down my feelings with food.
Thanks everyone for the support, it really does help.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
I can't believe that I will be starting the 3rd week tomorrow! The time has seemed to fly by. I might have to repeat a day or two because I had a garage sale this weekend so I did not do the regular walking or run/walk. I did move a lot of stuff around, and was up and walking around the garage most of both days. Not to mention is was 90 degrees both days, so I was sweating it out. I counted that instead of doing what I usually do. Unfortunately my knee and ankle have been hurting because I have been up on them so much and my back just went out. I will be taking it easy today so I can get back into my groove tomorrow.
I am frustrated with the setback of my ankle and knee causing pain and my back not cooperating. I tore the ACL and MCL in my knee back in 2005 and had the cartilage that tore off removed but did not have it repaired because there was only a 50% chance of the surgery improving my mobility. I just did a lot of PT. A year later, I tripped and fell on the stairs and broke my ankle on the same side. Needless to say, I already have severe arthritis on that side and have a little bit of a limp. My back has not been the same after all of that because I compensate to have as even a gait as possible. I ended up with a couple of bulging discs and have to really be careful not to aggravate one injury because it affects the others. Now you know my background and why I am reluctant and afraid to start running. This is a HUGE challenge for me, not just because I am overweight. I am really enjoying it and actually look forward to my workouts now.
I did manage to do about 10 loads of laundry and a load of dishes as well as my crafty stuff and the garage sale. I am throwing a baby shower for a close friend of mine on the 19, and I am making a banner to hang from pole to pole at a shelter in the park. I got all the flags and shapes cut out, now just to hot glue and decorate. I will post a pic when I get it all done. I probably just overdid it, so today is rest day.
Tomorrow is my interview, please continue to pray for me that all will go well and I will be able to continue with all the changes in my life. Thank you for all the prayers so far! Have a great week and I will keep you updated. Thanks for tolerating my rambling on this blog today, I just needed to get it out.
Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Today is the first day of the second week and I am plugging along. I am actually pretty proud of myself. I usually go to the gym after work to blow off steam, but I ended up working late and the gym was closed. I thought about skipping my workout, but just could not come up with a good enough excuse. I have a treadmill at home, but I am close to the maximum weight limit for it, so the belt tends to slide. It works, it's just not what I PREFER to workout on. So long story short, I did my workout and am proud of myself for not giving up when an obstacle came along.
I have not been sore at all, but I can tell I am still pushing myself at the end of my workout. I advance to the next step next Monday and am kind of anxious about it. It's only running for 30 more seconds, but that is a big deal for me. I know I can do it, I am just trying not to psych myself out.
I am dealing with the hours I have been stuck working and tightened my budget, but I have applied for some different jobs and am praying that I will be able to find something else in my field with decent pay. I am burned out at the one I am at now. I have been so short with people that I have avoided talking to my friends because of it. I am praying this change will come soon and that I will be able to handle my temper better.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Okay, so I was still pretty sore yesterday and my feet were in a lot of pain. I walked through it and came home and did some research. I cannot afford new shoes and insoles right now, so I was praying that my other tennis shoes would work better. Lucky for me, they did! I also rubbed just a little bit of dimethecone on my instep and my arches didn't hurt like they had been. Yay!
I decided to take these first couple of weeks down a notch. Instead of running 1 minute, walking 2 and repeat 7x, I am jogging 30 seconds and walking 2 minutes 8x, then increase to 10x next week, then increase to 1 minute running and 2 minutes walking. My body just will not do the full minute each time, and I don't want to get burned out before I even get started. I spent quite a while stretching before and after today and feel really good. Any other time I would have gone longer, but I stuck with it because of the burnout scare.
I have been SUPER tired since starting this program, so I am hoping my stamina will increase. Thank you to everyone who commented on my last blog, you are an encouragement! We can do this!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Today was my first day to start the Couch to 5K program. More than anything, I wanted to see what my body could do. I used to be very active, doing a lot of hiking and biking and was very strong, lean, and muscular. I want to get back to that part of me. I want to be the bada$$ I once was, able to do rock climbing, running, biking, dancing, swimming, kickboxing, and everything else I used to be able to do. I know that it will take time. It took about 7 years to put this weight on and get this out of shape, I will not be able to just snap out of it and be magnificent once again.
I was somewhat disappointed that I only made it halfway through my goal of running one minute, walking 2, and repeating 7 times. I was only able to run 3 times, but did finish out walking at a good pace and ended up with 1.5 miles in 40 minutes. I am still very proud of myself because I stuck with it even though I thought my legs would fall off. My motto for about 8 years has been "I do not run unless I am being chased with a weapon". I ran for a total of 3 minutes today, which is a miracle in itself. Now that I know where my body is, how it likes to move (or doesn't like to), I can adjust my program. I need to accommodate my knee injury and go a little slower than planned. My gait is different and I over-pronate with already wide flat feet, so I need to be careful when increasing speed and intensity. I will only be doing the run/walk twice a week while walking or water walking other days to get used to being active again.
I am also getting back into bellydance which is a great core workout and I love doing. Adding in the occasional Wii dance program, jumping rope, Zumba, and Tae Bo, I hope to increase my strength and endurance. This will take me a lot longer than I originally planned, but it will be worth it to see and feel my body morph back into the amazing machine it once was.
Diet is the hardest for me to follow, so I have made salads for every day of the work week. I am hoping they will last and not be gross or soggy. I have used some ideas I got from Pinterest on how to keep the lettuce crisp, I hope it works! Now for portion control and staying consistent.
As a side note, I told my best friend what I was doing (I decided after midnight last night and started today, no time like the present!). She said she was so proud and that she could not believe I was starting a program that included running because she knows how much I am against it. When she told her dad, he actually cried and said I was an inspiration to him! Wow! I just want to be totally healthy and awesome again, and took action instead of procrastinating. I have already touched two people as a result! That is amazing to me. I hope that I will be able to inspire others in the future. Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. If it weren't for you, I would not have had the courage to even consider doing this, let alone actually starting it.
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