Sunday, May 26, 2013
Good eating day, number two of this streak, is now accomplished and recognized with a sticker on my calendar, strategically placed at the entrance to my kitchen. This morning the scale showed me down more than I had anticipated to 128.6, just 2.6 pounds over my goal weight, and just a pound over where I was a week ago. So my several days of indulgence didn't end up being as hurtful as I feared, but it still is a pattern of behavior I want to replace with sanity, moderation, and good nutrition at all times.
What happened? What triggered me? Why did I fall off the wagon? The last week in April I was training with a running coach. I had just run a 5K PR of 27:33 and was feeling fast and fit. Then I pulled or strained something in the left glute area probably running too many hills without gradually building up to it. I took off several days, with ice and foam roller, then cut back my running from 4 days a week to 3 days a week and didn't run faster than 10:30 minute miles, when I had been doing 8:30 minute pace repeats. I ran the May 11th 5K in 29:02, which was okay but not as good as I would have done had I been able to complete my training plan. I planned to take off 3 weeks from running in order to heal then, although I'd been warned that it could take several months whether I ran or not to totally heal.
On May 13th I went back to my old employer to help in an urgent situation and worked (volunteer) an 8 hour day. On one of my walking breaks I tripped and re-injured my glute area. This second injury seemed worse than the initial problem. A week later it wasn't much better. Then, for no apparent reason, my left shoulder and pec area started really hurting. My glute was an annoying inconvenience keeping me from running well, but my shoulder hurt all the time, especially when trying to get to sleep. Aspirin or Alleve made very little difference in my pain level. I tried to remain somewhat active, swimming and walking but there was pain and I wasn't burning near as many calories, and I failed to change my calorie range. And when I'm not active I want to eat more. I felt sorry for myself and allowed myself to over indulge.
I have previously identified being tired as a definite trigger for me. I need to be extra careful when I'm tired to eat smart. If I don't plan meals any other time, it is crucial to pre-plan my food when I am tired. Pain is another trigger I have now identified. I need to find comfort in things other than food, and learn to cope with pain and setbacks without weighing myself down with unnecessary food.