Saturday, June 16, 2012
First off, let me just say THANK YOU to my SparkFriends who have sent kind words my way and liked my feed the few times I've updated in recent weeks. It has really been encouraging for me during a difficult time, and been a great reminder that I have a supportive resource here for me all the time.
I have been struggling the past few weeks. Not being able to exercise really sent my mood into an immediate downward spiral. When I am irritable and depressed, I eat and eat unhealthy things. I have been slowly getting back on track and back to the gym with the go-ahead from the orthopedist to take it easy. I had an x-ray and an MRI, both of which he said looked normal. It was a very frustrating process, and I felt like he still has not given me a proper diagnosis-just a lot of "it could be this." The doctor gave me a steroid shot which has not made the discomfort go away completely, but I'm trying to be patient. I met with a trainer at my gym who has some experience in sports injuries, and she thinks I likely injured my illiotibial band. Based on the reading I've done since she gave me the information, that fits with what I've been experiencing. She gave me some exercises to do to help. I should have just gone to her first and saved myself the huge bill that I know will be coming from the Dr. and the MRI place because the trainer was free and helpful.
The next step is for me to review and update my goals and focus on getting back to the basics of counting calories, exercising some on most days of the week, and visiting SparkPeople daily. Those things work if I work them!