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Your Body Is A Gift

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It was like I had a major light bulb moment. I mean for the last 6 years, weight loss has always been a goal along with getting more physically fit and stronger. And I've heard people say that you only have one body, and you need to take care of it blah blah blah...

But it's like I felt this on a personal level - like WAKE UP GIRL! You have ONE BODY. It's YOUR responsibility to take care of the GIFT that you have been given. I experienced this while I was in bed with pain in both of my feet. My right foot was throbbing from the arthritis, and my left foot was in as much pain from my plantar fasciitis. In that moment it didn't take a genius to figure out that my body is really dealing with a lot of inflammation. And that I had been eating more for fun than for healing and nutrition.

It was definitely another nudge for me to really work on focusing to eat with a purpose. Oh, another highly processed cookie, another scoop of ice cream, another handful of marshmallows re…

It Can Still Be My Year Of Health

I have a lot of nervous energy right now. With Lil Man going to school full time, plus other family dynamics changing, I've been doing a lot and I mean a lot of nervous organizing. Yep, when I get overwhelmed I organize (sometimes clean). But it's mainly been organizing. I guess because I can't control other things I try to control what I can.... which is getting rid of clutter. Clutter drives me crazy. It really does. I take it as long as I can (because it doesn't bother others in my family) and then it just has to be dealt with. So this past week I organized a lot of areas in my home probably to the point of borderline obsessive.

But I am SO glad that I was able to get out and MOVE this week. Yep, I took the boot off last weekend, and on Monday I went for my first run in 4 weeks. I didn't know what to expect. I was actually pretty nervous that I'd feel a lot of pain. My foot felt weird. It was still swollen and definitely off  - but no major pain.


Tuesday I biked.


Wednesday I walked.



Thursday I ran 2 miles. I did feel a sharp pain once, but it subsided.



Friday I rested because my foot was pretty sore. Actually, I've felt pain all week, but I was told that I would. Basically it's supposed to be my new normal? It's not severe (most of the time) but it is annoying. There could still be a fracture, but I'm waiting to see how things progress.

But the more that I've read, weight can play an issue. And from my unprofessional opinion, even muscle weight might be too much. Does that make sense? I was around 105-110 (I'm only 4'10") for the majority of my adult life. Over the last couple of years the weight has definitely crept up to the 130's. Some of it is muscle, and some of it is definitely fat. But I think regardless, I need to take some weight off. So that's where my focus is at the moment - losing the weight and seeing if it does help with the pain.

I'm not really sure how to proceed with lifting. I think it's important. Do I not lift as heavy? Do I use more reps and lighter weights? I'm not sure about all of that at the moment. But I do know what I can focus on and that's eating with a purpose and keeping my food in check.

I said at the beginning of this year that this would be my year of health. WORST. INJURY. YEAR. EVER - but you know... the year isn't over... and it doesn't mean that it still can't be my year of health.

If I lost a pound per week, I could realistically lose 15-20lbs by the end of the year which would put me back down to normal by the charts. And it would put me where my body was used to being pre-weight gain. My blood pressure is really high in addition to the other issues that I currently have going on.

I'm disappointed that I'm not running my Harrisburg and Hershey Half Marathons, but instead of focusing what I can't do at the moment, I'm going to focus on what I can do.

And what I can do is KEEP MOVING like the doctor told me to, and focus on healthy weight loss.

It's too early to tell what my future running holds, but as long as things continue to progress, I plan to run twice a week with cardio the other days. (with of course a rest day or two). I will modify as needed.

The journey to a healthier me continues.... and I admit that I'm excited about the idea of shedding the extra weight.

To health...

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