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Weeks 16 & 17 -- The Lost Weeks

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The past couple weeks have been a blur. It all started on October 25 since my kids were off from school for two days (nothing much is accomplished when they have off).

On October 28, we went out for a fun afternoon of trick-or-treating as a family, which completely wore them out. A few hours after putting them to bed, I heard my daughter call to me, "Mommy? My throat hurts." I took her temperature, and it was 102. Dang. I gave her some honey for her throat and ibuprofen for her fever. Hopefully, it would just be a temporary reaction to running hard that day.

Of course, it wasn't that simple. She was out of school four days with a double ear infection. Finally, on Friday, she got to go to school.

But then, it was a three-day weekend due to parent-teacher conferences. That ended up being a good thing for her because being sick for so long really took a toll on my daughter. Not so good for me because I wasn't able to get much done and there was Halloween candy in the house. I had smartly filled a Ziploc bag with various goodies for my husband to take to the team he supervises at work the day after trick-or-treating, but there was still a lot left. And the stress of having my week knocked off-kilter showed in my cravings for candy and on my number on the scale. emoticon

On top of that, my exercise routine (which has consisted primarily of walking) was thrown out of whack because my left knee was starting to hurt and I could feel the beginnings of plantar fasciitis on my right foot. So no more walking for a time...

I knew this week was going to be crazy, as well, because of a three-day online conference that I was participating in, but I was determined to get back on track since I knew what was coming. I tracked better, made sure my water intake was up, and started a new strength training routine. My knee is feeling better, and the stretches I am doing every morning are helping my foot a bit (though, with past bouts of plantar fasciitis, I know it can take a few months to fully heal). Still, it's been a good week compared to last week!

The goal for this week is to find another cardio activity to replace the walking. I am bummed about walking not working out for the time being. I was able to couple that activity with talking on the phone -- not only did the time fly when I walked, but I was multitasking! I know there are resources on SP that will offer good alternatives, and I will take the time this week to figure it all out so that I can be a bit more prepared for the insanity of Thanksgiving :)

Hope you all are doing well!
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    I hope you daughter is feeling better, it's so hard when you have a sick little one. This journey is hard enough, but then when your routine gets thrown off, it's even harder. I hope you find an alternative to cardio that you like!
    2023 days ago
    When I first started exercising after being completely inactive for about 20 years I had a serious bout with plantar fasciitis. It took many months and was extremely painful. Eventually it healed itself out and thankfully has not returned.

    It's always tough when the kids get sick. Upsets all your plans and routine in a heartbeat. Don't worry about the lost weeks; they're gone anyway...

    2024 days ago
    What a couple of weeks! I hope your daughter has recovered.

    When my knee had issues a while ago, I adopted some chair aerobics (Spark videos online and YouTube). They didn't get my heart rate up as much, but I felt like I was doing SOMETHING toward my goals. I don't know what supplements you take, but you might consider glucosamine chondroitin with hyalauronic acid and a separate dose of MSM. I have had to tinker with the amounts over time and take more than the recommended dosage. I feel they have reduced my problems with PF, knee osteoarthritis, and sciatica. And of course exercise has helped strengthen the surrounding muscles. When I first started walking on the treadmill, I had to maintain hold of the handlebars because of knee instability (no matter the speed). I no longer have to do that.

    I hope you heal fast. Focus on today today and tomorrow tomorrow.
    2024 days ago
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    I think when we feel our routine is disrupted that it all goes out the window but I think some good behaviours become automatic and its important to just get back on track as soon as possible.
    2024 days ago
    It ok to get thrown off for a while; life does happen! The important part is that you've dusted yourself off climbed back on the horse!

    My suggestions for alternate cardio:

    it also includes lower body toning. I think it's super fun and do it at least once a week!

    a little bit more intense but just remember: no such thing as perfect! Just follow along the best you can.

    and always a good standby:
    2024 days ago
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