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Life without running and my progress (with pics I hope)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Last Monday along with the fear and stress of my daughter being in the hospital I realized I was having some discomfort during my run. On the inside of my right foot from the instep up to the ankle (there's a little meaty part that sticks out) I was having some pain. Well it wasn't pain so much as discomfort. I could keep running (and I did) but it never let up and got steadily worse. I wasn't able to run on Wednesday because I was with my daughter and watching my granddaughter but when I ran again on Friday the pain was still there and was actually worse. I have been doing strength training (SP 28 day challenge) and my running has been my cardio. Now I figure I should take a little bit of time off from running. The pain seems to only come when I am doing a high impact exercise such as running, certain kickboxing moves, aerobics, and jumping rope. I'm not sure if it is a muscle, tendon, or ligament or even what I did. I don't remember twisting, turning, falling, or even having a misstep. I have no idea but what's worse is without my running I have no idea what to do. I finished the 28 day challenge so now I don't even know what to do. I miss my running even though today was the only day so far that I have missed. I feel lost and am afraid I will start to gain weight from not exercising. To top it all off I've been tired and down all day. I know I need and want to exercise but I do not have the money or access to a gym or equipment. All I have are my own two feet, Spark, a set of 5 pound dumbbells, and the internet. I've checked out the videos on here but most have areas of high impact. I'm afraid I will keep my foot messed up and not be able to run for longer. Erg I'm so frustrated. I take great care to try and not injure myself (no insurance so if I get hurt I have to stay that way) and to continue my healthy journey. Ugh I just don't know what to do. I want to go run but I'm afraid I'll just get hurt more. Has anyone else had a similar injury or know anything I can do to help recover so I can run again? Any suggestions on how to exercise and get cardio in without my beloved running? Ugh I just want to be healthy and continue on but without running I'm just lost.

This is me in the beginning. At least 158 if not more.

On another note I have officially been active on Spark for 90 days. I have lost 16 pounds, 6 inches off my waist (a few inches elsewhere too), and am officially in a size 6. I'm feeling great about it even though my clothes are too big and I can't afford new ones LOL. I'm looking decent if I do say so myself.

This is me at the end of February right after my first 5K at 147

And this is me now at 142 and in a size 6.

Here is a side view.

I don't know that I see a huge difference in the pics but I know I haven't been able to wear a size six for a very, very long time. I even tried on one pair that I could have slipped off without unbuttoning. I'm still kind of weird though because there are pairs of 8's that are still too tight. Oh well I'm not done but I can see progress and I like it. I just hope that my foot doesn't cause me to lose everything. I'm still focusing on food (although with my daughter in the hospital I was eating out too much) and staying within all my ranges. I'm almost half way to my goal and I'm starting to feel better about myself but there is still a long road ahead.
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    Hi! I know this was an older post, but when I came upon it, I wanted to comment. Is your foot/ankle better yet? I think it's plantar fasciitis, too. I had it for 1 1/2 YEARS, and couldn't step down normally for that long. There are websites with great exercises for it. And a foot doctor will give you a cortisone shot, nighttime brace, physical therapy, shoe and insole recommendations, etc. Ibufrophen to ease the inflamation helps, but doesn't fix it. Good luck!
    1984 days ago
    Wow, you can really tell a difference.
    2001 days ago
  • KRISTI2661
    My guess would be that you have plantar fascitis. Rest and some ibuprofen usually do the trick. Although I am a Nurse Practitioner, I'm not making a diagnosis here, because we all know you can't do that without actually seeing the patient.

    You are looking AMAZING! I love that you are so motivated - and you will get through this and continue to make progress, just take care of yourself!

    2032 days ago
  • BUGSMOM211
    emoticon emoticon Maybe try walking instead of running for now. Have you been icing, or using a heat pad on the concerned area? Do you have swelling, if not I say walk for a couple of weeks and see how it is feeling and maybe start back lightly. Hope it is feeling better for you soon! Take care of yourself
    2032 days ago
    emoticon on your progress!!! Do you have a goodwill store near you? When I was dropping the weight it was a godsend to me. I would buy a pair of blue jeans for $4 then in two weeks, give them back and get another pair!

    sorry about the foot. Cycling?
    2032 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/5/2011 10:22:20 AM
  • RRFIT72
    Wow!! You have changed so much since the last time I saw you before the 5k!! You look GREAT!!

    As far as cardio, do you have access to a bike? Anything (low impact) you can do to elevate your heart rate would replace your running and be your new cardio workout until your foot is better!
    2032 days ago
    You are looking great!!
    If you can find somewhere with hills to walk, that would be a good low impact exercise.
    2032 days ago
  • KTMAE2006
    You look great!!! Sizing can be really weird, so if you really want to get technical, you should measure yourself. But, YOU LOOK GREAT!
    2032 days ago
  • SBATES63
    First of all, you look great. And for cardio, walking is great. Not like running, but find a hilly area and push it. You'll be breathing hard, trust me.
    2033 days ago
    It kind of sounds like you have Plantar fasciitis. Here's a link to what Spark People say about it.

    Great job getting into the size 6 by the way!!
    2033 days ago
    I hope your daughter is ok.

    I wished i knew of some low impact cardio to share with you. i've had different kind of foot pain but not like what you described.

    You look really good! :) I had to read that you have a grandaughter like 3-4 times! i'm going to read some of your old posts to catch up :) I'm weird with sizes too, i have 6s-10s *shrugs*
    2033 days ago
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