Thursday, February 09, 2012
The bad foot still hurts, but it's easier to bear when I know it's not a stress fracture. Tape it up in the morning, get to work, do what I need to do. Today I managed to walk for 21 minutes at lunch. It mapped out to a slow 18:36 pace per mile, but that's faster than yesterday. I don't know if the foot is really better, or if I was just more gutsy on the early part of the walk today.
It's day 2 of my reduced calorie limit. At the end of the day, I have consumed 2332 calories and I'm satisfied. It's a bit of a surprise to have adapted so quickly, considering that a week ago my minimum was 2800 calories!
Observation: Even when tracking, much of eating is habit. Today I had to pay attention and stop some of the habitual eating while changing the timing of other habitual eating.
Observation: Scarcity makes things more precious. This evening, I enjoyed my greek yogurt more than I did when I was maintaining on 3000 calories per day.
Observation: Food choices are more meaningful with lower calorie limits. It's no longer a case of deciding that I need another 150 calories of anything so I may as well have those Doritos; now it's a case of deliberately refraining from snacking on the craisins I took to work so I can have a banana in the evening.
Observation: This comes back to one of the first lessons I learned on SparkPeople. I must track. everything. I. eat.
I can do this on the nutrition side. The exercise side is still pretty frustrating, but that is going to get better. Meanwhile, I will do what I need to do to stay in the game with the Springiest Maintainer challenge.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
This morning the doctor's office called. No stress fracture shows on my x-rays, so the game plan is tape the foot for arch support, do the other obvious stuff, and wait for it to get better. If it's not better in a couple of weeks, call the doctor again because that might mean it's a small stress fracture that just didn't show up.
Today, with the foot taped, I was able to walk 20 minutes at lunch. That mapped out to a S...L...O...W 19 minutes per mile, but that's all I could handle. I really had to take my walking in small pieces, but that's better than not being able to walk at all. I was able to get ice from the cafeteria at work to fill my ice bag, so I could ice the foot down while sitting at my desk.
As I write this, I have 11,893 steps on the pedometer. Just about all of them were cheap steps, but that's still better than I've done since last Friday. Hopefully, this will be the start of a long streak of 10K steps per day.
I'm beginning to think that I will be able to run again, but I'm not yet willing to predict when.
Sunday, February 05, 2012
I got up this morning, my bad right foot was not as bad as yesterday. However, running was still out of the question. I was encouraged that the area that hurts has migrated toward the toes; that tells me it's more likely to "only" be a strained tendon or muscle, and not a stress fracture.
Since it appears unlikely that I'll be able to run for a while, I cut 200 calories from my daily allowance. I've made this adjustment before, and I'm comfortable with it. If the string of non-running goes longer than a week, I might have to cut more calories.
Besides the adjustment to nutrition, I need to do something about exercise. I can still do my morning TGU/windmill combos, which tell me the foot is less troublesome this morning than yesterday morning, and my KB snatches. The foot didn't bother me at all while doing 10 KB snatches each side using a 45 lb. kettlebell.
Since the KB snatches didn't bother the foot, I thought I'd see about doing a KB flow drill for cardio. So this afternoon I started doing a few swings with a 25 lb. kettlebell. That didn't feel like I was doing anything, so I stepped up to using a 35 lb. KB. I did 15 minutes of KB swings, snatches, clean and presses, and high pulls. That's the start of a new streak of at least 10 minutes of exercise per day. It's also an unfamiliar form of cardio, so it may take some time to build up to being able to do this for 30 minutes; but it's something to work on.
After doing the KB cardio, my foot felt so good that I tried going for a walk. I managed 20 minutes, but it was clear that a long walk wouldn't be wise. The next streak of 10K steps per day won't start today.
Adjustment to nutrition, adjustment to exercise . . . what else? Oh yeah. Motivation. Yesterday I noticed that I was taking in another notch on my belt. This afternoon I went out and tried on some Wrangler regular fit 32 x 32 jeans. They fit. I didn't buy them, but only because I found a pair of off-brand that fit the same way and that I liked better.
I can now wear the same size jeans that I wore in high school. When I joined SP last July, that wasn't even in consideration as a possible goal. The motivation part comes in because I want to keep being able to wear those jeans. I need to do what I have to do in order to keep fitting those jeans, even with a bum foot.
My sister says she blogs as a pep talk to herself. Today, I see her point. Not being able to run could be a major downer. It's hard to avoid all disappointment, but it's more productive to focus on doing things so I'm in shape to run when the foot gets better.
Saturday, February 04, 2012
This morning my right foot hurt. I don't know precisely what injured it, thought I strongly suspect that it's banged up from running. This is somewhat frustrating, as my bad left thigh has improved to the point where I feel good about testing it with a 6 or 7 mile run.
I don't feel good about taking my right foot out for a 6 or 7 mile run. Even 2 miles is out of the question.
On advice from the longer term runner in my office, I started icing down my foot last night. After breakfast at McD's with daughter this morning, I bought a flexible bandage to hold the ice pack on. Then I went to my volunteer job doing tax prep and quality review of tax prep.
I was on my feet most of 4 hours, but with not as many steps as you might think. At the end of the 4 hours, my foot hurt even when I wasn't moving it. I came home, took an ibuprofen, and strapped on the ice pack. When the cold of the ice became more uncomfortable than the ache of the foot, I took the ice off and could function; but taking a long walk seemed foolish. So I'm resting that foot this evening, and I'll see how it's doing in the morning.
As I write this, my pedometer shows 5564 steps for the day. There is no way I'll get in 10K steps; it's unlikely that I'll even get in 6K. I did not have 10 minutes of cardio today, either. In theory, I could do 10 minutes of kettlebell swings, cleans, and snatches with a relatively light weight and not bother the foot; but if I were going to do that, I should have done it this morning before taxes. SP will think I got 10 fitness minutes in because I did my KB snatches and TGUs this morning; but I didn't get 10 minutes of dedicated cardio.
So . . . my 202 day streak of 10K steps will be broken. So will my 209 day streak of exercising at least 10 minutes a day. (I could claim exercise for some of the things I did, but I won't. They were all things I'd do even if I weren't tracking fitness.) On the bright side, when these streaks start again (hopefully tomorrow), SP will track the new streaks accurately from when they really start. That wasn't the case to date because SP didn't start counting until I told it to, which was after the streaks actually started.
My weekly streaks are still alive. However, if the foot isn't healthy enough to run on tomorrow my 16 week streak of running 20 minutes 3 times a week is likely to be broken next week. If that's the case, I should cut my calorie range tomorrow in honor of not being able to run as much as I have been.
This is a bummer. But I do need to let that foot heal, and if it isn't better by Monday I need to call my doctor. And I need to eat less if I'm exercising less, particularly since I've already got rid of some of my larger clothes.
Oh, well. At least I know what I need to do before my girth expands. It remains to be seen whether I can do it well enough to prevent my girth from expanding. Chances are, things aren't as bad as they look to me right now; but I do need to live through this and do the things that need doing so I can get better.
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