Last weekend ended up having some consequences I was not totally prepared for. Saturday hubby and I had our lunch out, we decided upon Japanese, since Sushi is a favorite of ours. We kept track of the number of pieces we ate; but I didn't track the soy sauce. What I didn't realize is that the soy sauce would cause me to retain water.
Sunday, Hubby and I went to a running competition. We had a picnic in the mountains for lunch. It was a two hour travel for this competition. While my hubby was running I managed to get in a workout. It was really hot outside, but I just kept going on with the workout. I had water, but didn't realize it would be this hot. After the competition I was a bit dizzy and nauseous. I just chalked it up to not sleeping well and having a migraine.
When Monday hit I started my morning ritual of getting on the scale to see what my damage was. What I discovered was a 4 pound weight gain. I flipped had a mini cry for a few minutes. I felt bloated and heavy. At the time I didn't realize what caused the gain. I thought I had been really good. I asked around on one of my spark people groups and it was mentioned that perhaps it was water gain and it would go away. If it were not for the group support I might have honestly given up. (Thank goodness for kind souls.)
I tried to keep up my workouts, and drinking water and tracking ever meal. Monday and Tuesday passed with no change to the scale. I still felt a bit gross and started to become worried. My feet started to swell in the ankles and I became worried this might not be a water issue only. Wednesday I was in a lot of pain. I stayed in bed mostly and had my feet propped up. By Friday it was gone and my weight decreased back to it's previous week's weight. :D I did a mini dance.
Just to be on the safe side hubby and I went to our Doctor to get his opinion about why this happened and what we could do to stop this from occurring in the future. The Dr gave me some news I wasn't prepared for. He said I have poor circulation in my legs. The poor circulation combined with the heat caused my feet to swell. He advised that I not stay on my feet for long periods of time and to avoid direct sunlight. (I'm turning into a Gremlin, folks)
I'll admit I was a bit down after hearing the news and wasn't sure if I would be able to do any workouts this weekend. Today (Sat) Hubby had another running competition. I went along, bought my workout clothes and was prepared to do my workout. I had reasons to get my workout in. 1) it would be good for me, to help lose weight 2) the 5% Summer challenge started today and I know my team is relying on me. 3) it would be fun.
But I had doubt creeping in....What if I wasn't strong enough, what if I would have more swelling next week, What if........ I sat in my car for 10 minutes prepared to sit in it until my husband was done, but then something happened.
The runners went past the stretch of road where our car was sitting. one by one they passed the slimmest fastest and most athletic came by first followed by the medium range "normal" sized runners. Finally, the slower ones approached. Men who were overweight, older and less fit soon became "the inspiration".
There was one man in particular who was the final reason why I did my workout. He was old around his 70 perhaps 80 and was very frail, skinny but muscular. He was pushing himself so hard and was the final runner out of the competition. I thought if this guy can run, so can I. It wasn't a competitive remark, but I was really amazed he was doing it. Despite his age, speed and any health problem he might be facing he was doing a running competition. I was almost in tears seeing him pass by.
I did manage to get in a 40 minute workout today both running and walking on a small streach of road. In total it was around 3k or 2miles. I'm really glad I pushed myself. So far, this evening I haven't had any foot swelling. I'm going to continue working out, but I'll be cautious in the future to avoid the foot swelling.
Lessons learned this week.
1) DONT give up!
2) Keep moving , drinking water, and tracking..it helps
3) Watch your salt..Salt is EVIL
4) Do Not overheat
5) Inspiration can be found Anywhere, just keep an eye out.
I want to share a photo of the mountain view I had while doing my workout today. Had I gone further up I might have been able to touch the clouds.