Official Business

“This one step – choosing a goal and sticking to it – changes everything.” ~ Scott Reed

First things first, you do not just LOVE that quote!?  I do!

Ok.. on to the post…

Woah, I knew I’d get lots of opinions when I asked what you thought about my foot situation… but I didn’t realize pretty much EVERYONE would tell me to go to the doctor. I suppose if I were you, I’d tell myself the same thing.

But (yes, there is a but) the thing is, I can feel the difference in it from 10 days ago when I fell. Sure, it’s still a little sore, but NOTHING like it was in the days immediately after I fell. Right after I fell, I couldn’t bear full weight on it, I was limping around like a gimp, it was super sore, swollen, I wanted to cry like a baby, painful… you name it.

NOW, I can bear full weight on it, it’s a little sore, at times, I can walk normally on it, and barely swollen. Wouldn’t you think it’s healing??  Who knows… I didn’t, so I called the nurse line today and told the RN my situation and asked her about running and my upcoming 5K. After asking me a lot of questions, here’s what she told me:

  • Sounds like a sprain/strain, as opposed to being broken, since I can bear full weight on it and I don’t limp when I walk.
  • Sprains/strains can take 4-6 weeks to completely heal, which may be as long, or longer than a break.
  • I CAN run on it, but if it hurts, STOP. She said “this is not a “no pain, no gain” situation.
  • Do NOT cancel your upcoming 5K.
  • Be sure to elevate it when I can and ice it 3-4 times a day.
  • AND in a week, if there isn’t any improvement from today, then go see the doctor.

So, there ya have it my friends. To be honest, this is pretty much what I suspected. Like I said, luckily, the day I tumbled down the stairs, our friends were over and Kristin is an RN. She looked at it and basically told me straight out that it was a sprain and going to the doctor, they would likely tell me the same thing (R.I.C.E) and charge me a whole lot. So…. that’s where I’m at.

I promise, if I still have pain a week from today, I’ll go to the doctor, this is my public promise! ;)

2.3

Now, keep in mind the nurse said if I feel like I can run… then run! Just stop if it starts to hurt.  So…. that’s what I did tonight. ;) It was SO nice out when I got home from work, a VERY welcome change from the nasty cold, rainy, sleety weather we’ve been having, so I wanted to take advantage of it.

I wrapped up my tootsie, grabbed Dex and off we went. I did a very light walk/job. In total, I completed 2.3 miles (according to mapmyrun.com) in about 55 minutes. Mind you, I ran into my newly engaged neighbor and her pup, Quita, while we were out, so we stopped and chatted (read: oogled over diamonds ;)) while the pups sniffed at each other for several minutes.

It felt good to get out and to test out running since I haven’t in like 10 days. I will say, running outside is MUCH different than running indoors on the treadmill! I definitely need to pace myself because I can tell I was going faster, which of course, I couldn’t keep up with for that long. So, I’ll definitely have to work on that.

Otherwise, it felt good. Whenever I felt pain… or really, anything that just didn’t feel “normal”, I stopped and walked – which wasn’t hard to do because Dex, my running buddy LOVES to stop and sniff EVERYTHING. No, seriously everything… Anyways, I honestly think that a majority of the discomfort in my foot was coming from having my ACE bandage wrapped too tightly. I want it wrapped tight enough to protect my foot, but I think that is what’s causing the discomfort because it’s the BOTTOM of my foot that feels… weird. Not really PAINFUL.. just weird.. and not normal. So I guess wrap it more loosely next time? I don’t know… I’m new to all of this junk.

Officially Official

And LASTLY, I would just like to say I am OFFICIALLY registered for my FIRST ever 5K! I’ll be running the Challenge Hearts and Minds 5K on Memorial Day with a bunch of other awesome bloggers. Go team #PriorFatPack! (PS, if you’re interested in running/jogging/walking with us… let me know!) :)

Alright, I’ve CLEARLY rambled on long enough… I’m gonna jet. Today is a rest day, so YAY for that! I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a super fun weekend!  See ya soon!

Where Change Happens

Yesterday my boss walked out of her office around 12:45.

“Hey Little Sister, did you bring anything for lunch?”

“No,” I looked up from my computer screen. “Did you?”

“Nope. Let’s go somewhere.”

After a few minutes of deliberation, we decided on Whole Foods. We have this ritual we go through where we pretend that we’re considering a whole list of other places, but we both know we’ll always land on Whole Foods. I guess we feel like we’re more well-rounded if we name off 10 other places but, in the end, we’re just creatures of habit.

When we got there, I immediately knew I wanted sushi. I haven’t had sushi in a few weeks, and the dead fish were calling to me. I also grabbed a box of shrimp spring rolls.

Back at the office, we unloaded our goodies and started eating. Alternating between my spring rolls and sushi — and lots of water — I realized that my hunger was fading… and there was still food on the plate. Normally, I’m at a place where this doesn’t bother me so much anymore, but for some reason the sushi was different. I stopped eating for a minute while we watched the Weather Channel and talked about the storms tearing across the South.

I sighed and took another bite of sushi. More water. And then this is what I had left:

One spring roll, one bite of sushi

 

And suddenly, I had a decision to make.

I thought for a moment. I wasn’t hungry anymore. I wasn’t full either. I was just satisfied. Content.

But I wanted that sushi.

Do I need it?

No, I don’t need it. But just one more bite of sushi won’t make that much of a difference will it? I mean, how many calories can that really be? Surely I’ll run them off tonight.

But it’s the principle of the thing. When you aren’t hungry, you need to STOP eating.

Ok, yeah, sure… no problem if it’s vegetables of something. BUT THIS IS SUSHI.

So? Will there still be sushi tomorrow? Will there still be sushi next week? If you get hungry again for sushi in the near future, do you think you’ll probably be able to find some?

Garrummphhmmmpphhh. Yes.

Ok then. Do you think when you’re telling your friends about your day that you’ll mention how wonderful it was because you ate sushi? Has sushi changed your life in such a way that you will always look back on this day and regret that you didn’t eat ALL the sushi? Or will you probably forget all about it within the next hour?

Hmph. Probly forget.

Then let it go Elle. Dump the sushi. You don’t need sushi to make you happy anymore. You never did.

Ok. Dump the sushi.

That’s what weight loss really is. Getting deep down inside the moments when all you want to do is forget everything around you and just experience the sensation of eating. If you really want to change, you have to pick apart that process and fix it. Argue with yourself. Give yourself permission to sit there and think through it, no matter how hard. Come to terms with separating yourself from what you believe will bring you comfort.

If it was easy, everyone would do it. And if you did it, you’d have a story about how different you are from the person you were a year ago.

Give yourself that chance this weekend. Don’t wait for Monday. Start it today.

-Elle

 

 

My omelet floweth over.

Carlos and I went to Costco on Wednesday where I found rather large bag of clementines. My goal is to eat them all before they go bad — sounds easier than it will be.

I brought some to work to remind me to eat one an hour. That will help me achieve my goal, I’m sure of it. Or, I may turn orange trying!

Bowl o' clementines.

Yesterday for lunch, I finally tried the Subway Orchard Chicken Salad Sandwich. Twitter friends have raved about this so I deviated from my chicken teriyaki/chicken breast alternating schedule.

Have you tried this yet? I think it is seasonal, and only available in some areas. I have to be honest, I wasn’t too impressed. It wasn’t horrible but didn’t dazzle my taste buds. It seemed semi-bland to me and just was… there. If you haven’t yet tried it, I think you should because I’m not in the majority — everyone else loves it.

Dinner for Carlos was left overs which meant dinner for me meant breakfast. I had perfected my omelet skills during lunch so I knew I needed to show off my skills to ya’ll. You see, while I was scarfing down my lunch time sandwich, I did some light reading. And by light reading, I mean Caitlin’s How to Make a Pretty Omelet:

My tummy was so happy!

Oh yes, do you see all that up in there? That’s some zucchini, spinach, chik’n patty and feta tucked in between a fluffy layer of two eggs. It was massive, I’m telling ya! I ended up giving Carlos one of my clementines because I was just oh so done!

Look closer, I insist!

yum yum yum! I tell ya, sometimes, I really impress myself with what I find myself eating compared to life pre-healthiness.

Well that was 300 words about what I ate yesterday, I’m hoping you didn’t fall asleep because I have some things I have to tell you. Here is a bulleted list for you to keep track of what the rest of this post will include:

  • 10k Race Jitters
  • Two day video shoot
  • Last chance to vote
  • Winners of the Bali No Lines Panty giveaway

Okay, ready to knock out some items? Here goes…

10k Race Jitters
well… tomorrow is my 10k race. I’m nervous because I haven’t had any serious long run since my 10 mile back in October. It is so true what they say, “use it or lose it.” I stopped running for awhile after that October race and lost it — I am picking up the pieces to my running side however tomorrow will be no walk in the park.

The good news is, is that I believe in myself. I am confident that I can do it and that when I go to sleep tomorrow night, I will have finished a 10k. Walking, running, sprinting doesn’t matter because however I do it, as long as I cross the finish line, I still will have finished.

Two day video shoot
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious exciting news friends, next Tuesday and Wednesday, I will be doing a two-day video shoot! Ok ok ok, here’s the deal – before Polar USA became my sponsor, they asked if I would be willing to share my story. This isn’t just about my experience with my Polar HRM but instead, me sharing my journey – breakin’ in down real world style and saying “don’t put me on a pedestal, I am a normal person changing my life.” After I ran around the house screaming, I calmly responded with my agreement. Exciting, huh?!!

The video won’t be ready for weeks but as soon as it is up, I’ll link to it. For now, please share any video tips you have. {Here is an example video}

Giveaway Winners
Hopefully everyone who wanted to win had a chance to enter because it is time to draw the winners! Bali was amazing enough to increase the winners to THREE! Here are the three winners:

Mari: Oh, please! What middle-aged mother of 11 kids doesn’t need these? Really, I delivered them all myself, and I have all the stretch marks to prove it. If I won these, it would be the most exciting contest prize ever to land on my doorstep.

Jenn: I loved this post, I would love to try new panties cuz I am STILL wearing the JMS 14 undies I wore before I lost 90 pounds! Now, it’s not a total bad thing though-cuz I do still love them, they are comfy!

Crystal (byebyefatpants): I can never find underwear that stays up. I’d love to win these & hopefully find underwear that won’t budge! Slipping panties is a horrible feeling!

Ladies, please email me your mailing address and pants size.

Future PriorFatGirl Voting
Last chance, I’m serious! Only until 5pm can you cast your vote for the next Future PriorFatGirl, mom edition. Once the clock strikes 5pm, votes will be tallied so make your voice heard! CLICK HERE TO VOTE!

Alright friends, we’ve come to the point in a typical post where I’m sure some of you have skimmed to so I better wrap it up before I lose your interest. Have a happily healthy weekend and I’ll see ya on Monday!

 

Two Long Weeks…(almost)

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Full effort is full victory.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Last night was the first night back in the gym for a work out in almost two weeks!

You see, since my little tumble down the stairs, my foot has been in pain. It was so swollen, I refused to even THINK about shoving it into a gym shoe… until last night.

My foot was NOT looking pretty before I got ready for the gym… beware, I’m gross:

Bruised tootsies

Ewwww

Good Foot, Bad Foot

Yeah, it’s starting to look really gnarly. And, I must admit, I think it’s kind of cool. ;)

Anyways, I met my mom at the gym at 6pm. I wrapped my foot up with my ace bandage and slid on my gym shoe… except it wasn’t that easy. It hurt. Not like OMG-I’m-going-to-cry hurt… but it wasn’t pleasant. But, I got it on and we went up stairs to find some treadmills.

Now, I knew it wouldn’t be a hard workout, I need to ease into this. I wasn’t sure how my foot would feel. So, I did 40 minutes of brisk walking (way to scared to run on it yet) and some incline walking. I had to stop a few times to wiggle my toes and stretch my foot, but it went… ok. I wouldn’t go so far to say that it was a good workout… but it wasn’t horrible either. I mean, I WAS working out, after all. Which after being gone for almost 2 weeks, seemed like a pretty big accomplishment.

After my work out, my foot didn’t feel fantastic. It wasn’t super sore… but just more sore than it’s been recently.

I’m just stuck. I know nothing is broken, I can wiggle my toes, roll my ankle… so nothing is broken, but it’s still… sore. This Sunday will mark two weeks since I fell down the stairs.. so at what point should this be “better”? I’m going to give it another day or two and if I’m still feeling some pain, I am going to call the nurse line, just to get some input. I think it’s pretty pointless to go to the Doctor’s because I’m sure they’ll tell me what I already know… rest, ice, compress, elevate. I know, I know…

I’m sorry, I just cannot SIT around anymore. I have a 5k coming up in a few weeks and I was 6 weeks into my C25K training program and to see that all being flushed, well, it really pisses me off!

What would/did you do…? Rest…? Push through…?

Anyways, that’s my story on my forced vacation from the gym. I’m planning on going to the gym tonight, as long as the foot feels ok throughout the day… so fingers crossed for me, please!

Have a happy Thursday!