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Setbacks to Comebacks

Sunday, August 12, 2012

This spoke loudly to me today.

I've been struggling on many fronts the past week and discouragement has seemed to have the upper hand. I've tried to fight it, but it seemed to just overwhelmed me like a flood.

But, I continue determined. Somehow, with God's help, I will press on and I will turn my setbacks into comebacks.

I've come too far to go back!

I will go on!

On the fitness forefront of the battle, I'm trying to stay consistent with the exercises for my plantar fasciitis that were given me. I'm seeing some improvement in my left foot, but not a great deal in my right. Still not released for walking.

I've taken a few days break from exercise. These, unfortunately, were not planned rest days, but I am determined that tomorrow, I will be back on schedule. I will be upping my strength training by about an hour per week starting next week, possibly cutting back on my cardio by that amount. Chomping at the bit to get back on the walking trail, but until then, I will find the best way to keep myself strong and healthy - even if it bores me to tears!

On a proactive note, I am actively looking for shoes so that when I start walking again, I have a good solid foundation. Looking at possibly New Balance 1012 or Asics Gel Foundation. The problem is that I take wide width and may need to order online, not ideal for my overpronation problem.

I am still struggling with food tracking - just not finding something that seems to work well for me without being too time consuming. But still looking. The past few days, I have not tracked at all, and honestly, if I gain weight this week, I deserve it!

I've rather felt like a dog chasing its tail. More exercise? less exercise? more strength training? less cardio? vice versa? more calories? less calories? Exactly what does it take to knock me off of this plateau? The four pounds I lost two weeks ago were back at last week's weigh-in. I did not think that my eating and exercise were any different.

Despair has knocked at my door over these challenges and other stressful and painful life challenges that I'm facing right now. For several days, I have succumbed. I am not proud of it, but facing the truth is the first step to overcoming. God has more for me.

I am not a victim, I am a victor!
I am strong and emotionally stable!
I can do everything I need to do in life through Christ!
I am not a quitter, I am a finisher!
I have a choice!

I can overcome and turn my setbacks into comebacks. You wait! You see! The road will not be easy, but . . .

We can do it! We can! We will!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Part of my disappeared comment, was, if you have any ladder - even a small or step one, climb up and down a couple times a day. Works wonders for PF.

    You're doing amazing. It's common to stall out after tremendous growth spurts. Your SparkJourney has been on a tremendous growth spurt.
    2083 days ago
    Thank you for this blog. You encourage me. I am seeking a comeback.
    2132 days ago
    We can choose. We can decide to change the course of our lives at any time. We have the power and no one can take it away from us."
    ~Jeanne Bice, author of Pull Yourself Up by Your Bra Straps

    I know you're having a difficult time right now, but it will get easier. Hang in there.
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    2136 days ago
  • -POOKIE-
    *hugs* you have your reasons for feeling out of yourself this week.

    Make your plans and plan to succeed.

    Friends are here for you.
    2136 days ago
    from struggles we can strength & knowledge, thanks for the reminder to let that guide me to greater heights!
    2136 days ago
    I've struggled with plantar fasciitis, too, so you have my definite empathy there! If you have a 'good' shoe store, esp a running store, nearby - they can help you determine the best shoe AND they can order special sizes so you can try them on to be sure before buying. It might even be worth a drive to get that done if such a store is not readily available right around the corner. Getting proper orthotics has helped me a lot and strangely enough, I have found that TEVA SANDALS also give my feet the support they need. That way I can enjoy the coolness of a sandal while I walk and they have good soles for hiking so I often hike in them, too, unless the trail is super rough and rocky. They aren't exactly fashionable but then again, neither am I, haha!

    Good luck with this situation - it's so difficult to continue when our feet are in severe pain but as others have pointed out, there are also ways to exercise without hurting the feet and the more weight we lose, the better our feet feel.
    2136 days ago
    Great motto - I am feeling a bit frustrated with my newest bout of plantar fasciitis - I had the right foot operated on in January after 5 months of physical therapy last year and several cortizone injections. Then back surgery in July and now when I can finally walk again I have plantar fasciitis on my left foot. I have had one cortizon injection and it has not helped much. What a pain! I love to walk but currenly can only do it in the water, so I joined a gym with a pool. this is good therapy for my back recovery too. Take care and I hope you beat the foot problems.
    2136 days ago
  • KITT52
    it's all part of the journey...finding a path we can follow, and then it takes some urns...keep going, we all have these times....

    I need new shoes too

    know I am always here if you need someone to talk with

    2136 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/13/2012 8:16:24 AM
    Well said. Thanks for sharing this.
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    2136 days ago
    You can do it! Keep up the positive attitude, even when you don't "feel" it-don't rely on feelings. You have a right to the victory, and it shall be yours!
    Yes you can turn setbacks into comebacks! Be encouraged, you are on the right track.
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    2136 days ago
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    2136 days ago
    I know that I have had the experience of a couple of pounds lost coming back much to my annoyance. And like you, I haven't seen any difference in my exercise and eating. Now, I figure, OK, maybe it is a little water retention for a while, and it will disappear again -- just a reminder not to get too overconfident!

    So keep on keeping on! May God bless you!!!
    2136 days ago
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