Injured and Bummed
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I hurt my ankle a few months ago, but have been basically ignoring it for the past several months. I went to see my doctor in May and explained that I hurt my ankle while exercising. He basically blew me off and said to stop eating desserts (without asking anything about my diet) and told me that I wouldn't get injured like this if I lost some weight. Apparently he chose to selectively ignore the part of the conversation when I told him that I hurt myself exercising and thought that I said I had injured myself while chasing after an ice cream truck.
In any event, after my trip to the doc I stepped up my exercise routine quite a bit. I've lost weight and feel great...except for my ankle, which can get me through a workout, but leaves me feeling all but crippled for the rest of the day. Seriously, I have no problems doing over an hour of intense cardio, but I come home and beg my husband to get the laundry out of the dryer so I don't have to go down the stairs (which KILLS my ankle). Anyway, it's getting to the point that I know I really need to take it easier or I'm really going to do some irreparable damage. I made an appointment to see a podiatrist in two weeks (hopefully he will have better listening skills than my GP).
I don't mean to be a downer, but I am so bummed about my ankle that I find myself getting really down and eating way too much. I'm having such a hard time staying in my calorie range, and an even harder time keeping a positive attitude. Sometimes I just feel like getting healthier is such an uphill battle. I finally got to a point where I can say that YES! I do cardio at least five times a week, and YES! at least half of it is high intensity, and YES! I do strength training at least a couple of times a week, and YES! I'm losing weight...then I get tripped up by a stupid injury. I know that this is a small bump in the road, but I'm frustrated and bummed out about it. I plan on asking the podiatrist if there are any exercises that I can do that might not exacerbate the pain...maybe swimming, or bicycling or something. I just wish I could get out of this funk so I at least my calories will be in range. As it is, I just can't seem to get myself to do the things I know that I should.