Thursday, October 04, 2012
The last few days, my inflamed ankle tendons have just made a complete turnaround. I love it! Today, I was actually able to walk with a mostly-normal gait, rather than the flat-footed trudging I've been doing the last few days. Lord knows I had a hard time cutting back on the walking, but I did cut back (slightly) and I guess that helped some, in addition to icing and ibuprofen and all that. But I think the biggest thing was that I figured out how to walk without hurting my ankles worse: taking small steps and using that weird shuffling trudge. One of my coworkers actually gave my feet a funny look as I went by and said "Why are you walking like that??" LOL I guess it must have looked funny. Oh well, I don't really care!
So yeah, today I could walk pretty much normally, though I tried not to push it too much. Particularly since I did a 9.5 mile run before work (it wasn't supposed to be that long; I just completely misjudged the distance I planned to run even though I used the tracker...I think it didn't help that I made a few wrong turns...). Actually, I've been noticing the last couple days that walking seems to actually help the ankles loosen up and feel better. When I get up and start walking, they're all stiff and hurt a little bit. Once I get moving, they warm up and stop hurting.
In more terrifying news, did you see this health news article?
The bottom line is that a "western diet" with junk food and sodas caused metabolic syndrome in rats that were only the equivalent of 16-22 human years old, putting them at high risk for stroke and heart disease. Obviously, this is kind of common sense...but seeing actual studies, even in animals, is still kind of scary. Thank goodness I learned how to eat healthfully. I was surely heading down the road to strokes and heart attacks before losing all this weight!
Thank you, God/TPTB, for blessing me with a relatively early-in-life realization of my impending health problems and providing me with a successful route to health!