Facing a setback
Friday, August 10, 2018
I haven't had to deal with any major setbacks since I lost the weight about five years ago, so I'm probably more distressed by this than I really ought to be. Over time I've become used to my routine: walking 10,000-15,000 steps per day (every day), strength training 3-5 days per week, and cardio (belly dance, mostly, but also some cardio and HIIT videos) where I can fit it in.
Well, now I've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. Let me first say, this thing is no joke. It's seriously painful. If you think you might have this, get to a doctor and get it treated. Don't screw around telling yourself it'll get better on its own, if only you keep doing what you've been doing, like I did.
I'm seeing a doctor (again) on the 27th, so hopefully the next round of treatment will help me put an end to this thing. I have vague memories from my childhood, from when my mom had this same issue and had to have a cortisone shot in her foot for it. The shot cleared up all her symptoms, but watching it happen scared me. I'm terrified to potentially need the same treatment, or even more intensive treatment.
Worse, I'm terrified of what's going to happen these next few weeks while I have to be less active and try to rest my foot. I'm so used to being constantly and consistently active that I'm freaking out about what will happen to all my progress now. It's like there's a part of me that can feel all the weight packing right back on and my muscle gains melting away, even though I know that's not going to happen. I'm tracking my food intake and activity level (and eating accordingly), I'm using the elliptical to get my steps in minus the impact, and focusing more on the weight lifting and belly dance than high impact activities. But it's still scary.
Even my first job interview post-graduate school didn't freak me out this much. So I'm reminding myself to take deep breaths and focus on staying on track. I have all the tools to keep this minor setback from becoming a disaster. I just need to use them.