Showing posts from August 7, 2011

Initial Evaluation

Not like I'm going to see a professional or anything, I'm doing this completely on my own. The other day I went for a walk for the first time in at least 3 weeks. I put my running shoes on, you know the ones with my custom made orthotics in the them. I want to talk about my feet for a few minutes here.

I got those orthotics years ago, it looks like I got them around 2007 - 4 years ago, and I've been using them pretty much ever since. I got them because I suffered - a lot - from plantar fasciitis in my right foot. It was amazing how much it helped. My plantar went away and I've been pain free, at least from that, for years now. Recently however, things are changing.

My left heel/ankle side has been bothering me since last December, and I've found that when I wear sandals or go barefoot I have no problem with it. But, last week after my walk it hurt. This got me to thinking. Is it possible that my orthotics are actually causing the problem? Could it be t…

Let's talk numbers

I will look for excuses. Not in everything and not all the time, but sometimes I look for excuses as to why I can't do something. I've been struggling with my weight for the last few year (ya think??) and I've been so tired lately that I was seriously beginning to think there was something wrong. I was wondering if I was developing diabetes or my thyroid was on the whack or something. Now I've thought these things before and they never turned out to be true, but sure enough I fell back into thinking that again. While I am very, very much for personal responsibility I would like to find that something is out of my control every once in a while. I would just once love to be able to say there is nothing I can do about it. But, that is almost never the case.

A couple of weeks ago, on July 27th to be exact, I went to the doctor because my knee was killing me. i had sharp pain walking and using stairs. At that time the doctor wanted to do some blood tests because I …

And so it begins....

Again. That's how I feel, like I'm crossing a huge gap and I just need to get to the other side. After my last post I took Hubby to the Surgery Center and planned on doing a marsh walk. After getting to the marsh and scraping my car in one parking area and the other being locked, I came home. I still wanted to walk though, so I put on my shoes and headed out. I walked up to the college and around it, 45 minutes. I did not walk fast, I stopped to look at things along the way, but it sure felt good. It has been so long since I've done any outside activity that midway my legs started itching so bad.....It was driving me crazy. I actually stopped to scratch them a couple of times. It's been that long since I worked up enough internal heat to open those capillaries?? Yikes!!! That's okay because that is going to change starting right now. While I was walking I came up with a plan:

Until September 1st:

Walk: at least 3 times a weekWeights: at least 3 times a w…

Soul Searching

The past few days have been interesting. Over the weekend I pigged out on junk. I got brownies and Ben & Jerry Ice Cream and ate a lot of both. Needless to say I did not feel so great. The next morning, was it Monday????, I woke up and decided that was it. I was done eating crap. No, wait, actually I ate that garbage on Saturday, so it was Sunday I decided I was done with that but then I had dessert on Sunday night. Okay, now that I've got the timeline right I can continue. So Monday I decided there would be no desserts. That's all. No sugar. Also I limited my food intake Monday and Tuesday though didn't really get nuts with the numbers. I just set out a reasonable amount of food and ate it and that was all. Worked great. I ate about 1700 calories. I was not hungry and I felt good. No intestinal issues at all. So here's what I know for sure:

Fact: No sugar consumption works well for me, really well.

Fact: With zero activity other than work  (both jobs), 170…