I’m so thankful that my appointment at the podiatrist wasn’t horrible news like surgery or a cast or crutches. The doctor took x-rays and examined my foot and determined that I have moderate Achilles tendonitis. I have a nodule on the tendon and while I thought it was from T25, he said it could have been slowly building and T25 just made it painfully obvious that something was wrong. He gave me a soft brace to wear during the day, a more structured brace to wear at night, gel heel lifts for my shoes, some anti-inflammatory gel, and instructions for Advil, rest, stretching, and icing. He said no high-impact anything for quite a while but gave me the okay for yoga thank goodness! I have to go back in two weeks and hope it manages to heal a little by then.
Despite how minor the injury is, it still really bothers me because I want to work out. I want to sweat and push myself. I want to finish T25 and get the t-shirt. But right now, the only sweating I’ll be doing is in hot yoga. Again, I’m thankful for that, but can’t help but feel a loss of control over my weight loss. And let’s be honest, I haven’t exactly been losing weight consistently or at a rate that I’m happy about. I recently tweeted that I felt unmotivated and lost, and while the injury isn’t helping, it made me realize that I need to suck it up and work with what I have. So what do I do? Identify the problems and come up with a solution. Here we go.
Problem 1 – Keto, Paleo, Weight Watchers? I have been floundering between keto and paleo and Weight Watchers. I haven’t been truly dedicated to any one way of eating since I pretty much threw in the keto towel a few weeks ago. I haven’t gone crazy and fallen off the weight loss wagon but I haven’t been trying as hard as I need to in order to lose a large amount of weight.
Solution 1: I’ve decided to focus on calorie counting through MyFitnessPal through the month of April to see how that works. I never cancelled my WW online membership and I will keep that for this month as well to see how the points and calories equal out.
Solution 2: I have a Monday morning appointment at the fitness center for a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) test. I did the same test in 2012 where I was surprised to learn that my RMR was pretty high. I’m excited to learn if it has changed and what my current RMR is so that I can make an educated decision about calories based on my own needs.
Problem 2 – Time. My alarm goes off at 4:10am during the week. Waking up that early gives me enough time to: shower, get ready, pack my lunch, iron my clothes, wake up both kids, get them dressed/ready, give the baby a bottle, drive to daycare, drop off kids, and get to work at 7:30. I like getting to work at 7:30 because I have some quiet time to work, I get out of there at 4pm, and am able to make it to yoga one day a week after work. I’ve thought about pushing my start time to 8am but that has potential to cause too many issues later in the day. Once I leave work, I either run an errand (groceries or something else we need) or go pick up the kids or head straight home to start dinner. Between 4:30-7:30 it’s dinner, hang out with kids, baths, bedtime. I am in bed by 8:30-9.
Solution: Pack my lunch and iron my clothes the night before, suck it up 2x a week and wake up a little before 4am to workout.
Problem 3 – Injury. Since I can’t do T25 or run on the treadmill or the 30 Day Shred right now, I have to do low-impact stuff like Walk Away the Pounds and yoga.
Solution: Walk Away the Pounds 3x/week (2x/weekdays and 1x/weekend). Yoga 2x a week (1x/weekday and 1x/weekend). Maybe add another 30 min activity (Pilates DVD or treadmill workout) during the weekend if my foot can tolerate it.
Problem 4 – Accountability. I haven’t felt accountable for anything weight loss-related which means I have been lazy.
Solution: An accountability partner! My dear friend and future Fitbloggin’ roommate, Emily (Fit and Free with Emily), is now my accountablity partner and I’m excited about it!
So there they are. My problems and my solutions all tied up with a nice little bow.
If only it were that easy.
But you know what? I know it is not going to be easy but I’m going to to give it my all. I’m going to put in the work and I’m going to get the results. The results may not be fast and they may not be easy but I’m not giving up.
If you want to follow me on MyFitnessPal, my ID is now fitdawnblog – please add me as a friend so we can support each other on there too! 🙂