I’m back! My hip injury, which turned out to be a back injury, definitely turned a corner this week. I’ve been resting, icing, heat padding, sleeping, and going to the chiropractor for four weeks now. I couldn’t walk for more than 10 minutes, without pulling my SI joint back out of whack. But not this week! I have consistently walked 30 to 40 minutes every day this week. Yeah!!!
So it has definitely been an interesting month. I always count on my injuries to teach me something new. Or maybe something old that keeps presenting itself as a lesson to learn, which might be the case this time. I started on spark in March and decided to give it my all just to see what would happen. That meant walking and tracking all my food, with the idea of pushing myself and trying to improve every week. Well, I was going gang busters on my walking! My goal was to walk enough to burn 3,500 calories a week and get up to four miles an hour. Well, I did get there, but it was too much. My back just said E-NUFF!!! This is a lesson that has been presenting itself for years and years and years. I have to believe and remember that I am only as strong and as fast as my weakest links. And those are the SI joints in my back and my knees. They are strong and they do a great job for me. But they do have limits, and I hit the wall with them way before the rest of my body does. My lungs and heart would run every day if they could. My head is ready to walk for hours finding out what is around the next corner. My will to keep losing weight at a good clip gets me out there every day. But the knees and back keep things slowed down. So, while I am flat out, staring at the ceiling, with ice on my back, it gives me time to think and ponder how I got to this point. Again….because I have been here before. Oh, yah, my back will not handle that much exercise, how could I forget?
Maybe like the nutrition tracker and the fitness tracker on Spark, my knees and back are here to hold me accountable as well. Maybe they slow me down before something more problematic happens. Could be. So, during my walks, I pay very close attention to how my joints are feeling and slow down when I feel a twinge. When I get home, ice, ice, ice, and stretch, stretch, stretch. It gives me time to think and rethink my goals.
So, in the spirit of accountability, I did pretty well these four weeks. I lost a few pounds, gained a couple. But in the long run, I am down from where I started before the injury. And that just has to be an amazing, amazing feat. To have maintained during this frustrating time is something to celebrate. And to have found a way through this injury in four short weeks is another great thing. I really do think I can finally “hear” my body when it is hungry and when it is not. I had completely lost that ability before Spark. And I have learned that I don’t have to push myself so much when I’m exercising. Slowing down just a little bit makes a huge difference, and I am basically doing what I was before the injury. And a great progress report, since I have cut my calories back a bit with the reduced exercise, my sodium has gone way down! I learned how to reduce it this past month. I can do it!
Thank you to everybody who dropped by to wish me well. I have a constant stream of cheery messages, which I so, so appreciate. I am back on now, to help pay it forward on Spark! I believe that when someone does a good deed for me, instead of worrying about paying them back, I will pay it forward by doing a good deed for someone else.
Take care all and have a great week! Stay out of the Halloween Candy, y'all!!!