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Bumps in the Road

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Been a while since posting anything.

Summary:
I always liked being physically active. Never great with healthy eating. I did, however, lose about 25-30 pounds in 2013. Tracking my eating was a key factor. But..I fell off the weight loss wagon the following year. Gained back the weight. Still exercised though.

In late 2016, I had trouble with plantar fasciaitis in my right foot. Cortisone shot and meds didn't help. Tried to stay off the foot, sort of. But I walk part of my work commute, and so I still walked. And changed my gait to avoid the PF pain, putting weight onto a part of the foot that wasn't meant to carry that weight. And one day in January 2017, while walking from the train to my office - snap! Stress fracture in that foot.

So then I really did have to stay off my feet. I dropped the Pilates class. No walking for a while, and no exercise at all for a long while. It's been a bit over a year now. The foot isn't 100%, though I'm told the bone healed properly. Anyway, I can't do the types of exercise I used to do. I don't make mad dashes across the street before the traffic light changes. I'm not up to doing brisk walks or long walks/hikes without asking for repercussions.

So right now, I still walk less than I used to. Weather permitting, I cycle some of my commute. Right now in winter, I'm getting rides for part of my commute.

Looking back, I wish I hadn't dropped exercise entirely. I could have bought a stationary bicycle or joined a gym to use theirs and suffered through the boredom. But I didn't. And I wished I hadn't gained 10 pounds from being so sedentary. But the past is the past.


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So what about now?

I felt good enough to go back to Pilates, so I did. It's a mat pilates class, and most of it is done off the feet laying on a mat.

I also bought a 10-pack of group fitness classes - I choose the ones I want. I figured I could do the circuit class because I could modify/substitute the exercises for any of those stations on the circuit that would bother my foot.

Getting back to exercise after being sedentary sure isn't easy. Another SP blogger wrote about being "rusty". Yup. I feel rusty in the joints. Add on a couple frustrating bouts of viruses, combined with frigid winter temperatures that flare up my asthma. Oh, and a sore rib that I'm going to blame on the evil underwire and coughing. I don't want to throw in age, but I'm in my 50's and peri-menopausal. And I've got that extra 10 pounds, on top of the excess 40, that I'm carrying around. Oh the excuses...just stop.

Maybe I do need to buy the exercise bike (and remember how to sweat). Maybe the foot won't ever be the same. Maybe I need to get back to the orthopedic doctor (since it's been over 6 months since I've seen him) and get some more x-rays - even an MRI - to see what's going on in that foot.

Enough of the maybes. I definitely need to address the eating side of things. I know very well eating is the bigger factor in losing weight.

Back to it!
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