Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The post about what I did in physio today

Since the Meredith Hagan run on Saturday, my right ankle has been feeling out of sorts.  I did not run again on Monday because there was a sharp pain in my ankle every time I rotated it.  I woke up early yesterday morning and did go for a run.  The air was really thick and I had a bad run. Even though I was out the door by 5:45 am, the humidity was already quite high.  I ran the same pace I was running last summer.  I was not happy.

This morning's run was a bit of an improvement.  My ankle is still a little sketchy, but it's better than it was Sunday and Monday.  My pace was better, but still not great.  I had my regular physio appointment today.  Graham took one look at my ankle and confirmed that it was quite swollen. My right ankle is the ankle that I have had trouble with my entire life.  I sprained it FOUR times. Once in primary school, once in middle school, once in high school and once as an adult when I was in my 20's.  And my sprains were bad.  I was rolling over on it as a morbidly obese person.

Needless to say, my right ankle is pretty week.  So now on top of working on strengthening my hamstrings, glutes and lower back, I have to start working on strengthening my ankle.  So Graham gave me more new exercises to do.  I tried them out at physio and discovered that I have horrible balance.  I already knew I had pretty poor balance, but it's a miracle I can stand upright.  Although it looks fairly easy in the pictures, I assure you it was the hardest thing I have had to do in physio to date!

Finding my balance...
Success!  For ten seconds...


























So the good news is that my condition is fixable.  The other good news is that I don't have to stop running to treat it.  The bad news is that I have to deal with it in the first place.  It's frustrating because as soon as something gets fixed, something else goes wrong.  Thank goodness I have unlimited physio benefits through my work.

I am officially back into weight-loss mode.  I'm eating lean protein and vegetables.  Pretty boring but I know it will get me the results I want.  I need to drop my upper thighs, hips and ass to become a faster runner.  Well that and do speed work of course.  Losing the extra weight I'm carrying certainly won't hurt my running performance.  I weighed in at 165.5 pounds on Monday morning.  I'll weigh myself again on July 7th to see where I stand.  I don't like to do frequent weigh-ins because when I was losing weight while following Dr. Poon's Metabolic Diet, I became obsessed with the scale.  It wasn't a fun place to be because my weight could fluctuate several pounds in a day and I was constantly weighing myself.  I've come a long way in that department because I can go weeks without weighing myself.

I wouldn't recommend going weeks without weighing yourself, unless you follow a very regimented eating plan.  I didn't cheat when I went from 290 to 165, and one of my biggest pet peeves is when people say that anyone who says they didn't cheat while dieting is a liar.  I don't lie.  And I didn't cheat.  Believe me or not, but I'm so addicted to sugar and carbs that if I did cheat, I would have derailed myself completely.  I cannot have just one!  I never gained weight during the 14 months it took me to lose 125 pounds.  I did gain weight when I tried to lose 10 pounds in April.  Although I gained 3 pounds, I dropped a clothing size.  I lost those three pounds when I switched over to Paleo.  And I still didn't cheat!

I know that these last 15 pounds are not going to come off easily.  I need to be patient.  And I need to keep my eye on the prize.  Eventually I will run the Boston Marathon.  That is my ultimate running goal (right now) and it's a lot of work to get there.  It won't happen this year, but maybe I'll be strong enough next year.  If not, my qualifying time changes (10 more minutes) once I hit 45. Maybe 2015 is my year.  If that doesn't pan out, it goes up another 1.5 hours when I hit 80. Boston in 2050 or bust baby!

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  1. I truly believe you will run Boston one day. Too bad about your ankle. Hope it clears up soon

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    1. Thanks Katrin. I can run on it just fine. It acts up the worst when I'm not running on it!

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  2. Hi Leigh! I believe you didn't cheat. I'm also wondering why what someone else think's about whether you did or did not matters? You are the skinny minny now. Too many cheat days don't deliver these kind of results. You are the AWESOME winner!!! Now don't fret the small stuff:) Celebrate your awesomeness, celebrate well, those who don't like it, can burn in _ _ ll;)

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    1. Thanks for the rhyme...it made me smile. And you're right, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. Thanks for the comments Marc. Always so supportive!

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  3. Since you don't lie I have to believe you weigh what you say, but you look like you weigh about 125. You're just a little wisp of a gal. :)

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    1. LOL! If I actually weighed 125, I'd be skeletal! I'm 5'7"! Thanks Caron;)

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  4. Hi Leigh! Well, those people who think you are lying about not cheating simply can't imagine eating so well like you do--it's out of their realm of imagination.

    I'm a little surprised that they started you balancing on a Bosu ball. Why not just balancing on the flat floor? I never understand that. Because on the floor, a person can balance with no chance of falling over and hurting joints even worse. Balancing on the floor with simple yoga balancing poses is VERY effective exercise for strengthening joints. <<Just my 2 cents.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Hi Marion,I have been balancing on the floor for a week now. That was my new exercises from last week. He wanted to see if there was improvement, and believe it or not, there was some! I'm moving onto balancing on a pillow at home now! Thanks for all your guidance in the balancing/yoga department! You are a wealth of information!

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  5. That exercise looks like it would be hard to do, fun though

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    1. I feel like I'm drunk when I'm on the bosu ball. My legs shake, so it's certainly not an easy task:)

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  6. Knowing ourselves and what we can and cannot handle is key. Once I start thinking I have have some wine or some off-limit carbs I am setting myself up for problems. I just cannot have it in the house and am learning that slowly but surely. Take care.

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    1. I can never let my guard down. I'm more afraid of losing control than anything else. Thanks for reading Myra:)

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  7. I believe that you didn't cheat during those long months! I didn't cheat during my paleo Whole30 - 30 days to change my life, I took the challenge and BOY did it change my life.

    Lean protein and veggies might be boring, but it works - so that makes it NOT boring to me, because you get to see results! :D

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    1. Everyone thinks I am the most boring eater EVER. But it works for me so I don't care!

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  8. I totally agree with Caron that you look like you weigh 125! I also believe you when you say you didn't cheat. You are truly an inspiration (at the risk of repeating myself once again). You have the resolve to do what it takes to make your ankle stronger that much is clear and to run the Boston Marathon too!! :)

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    1. Thanks Linda! It's so much easier to stay on plan when I'm focused on a goal. Once I stopped thinking of food as entertainment or comfort, I was able to be much more productive with my life. Can't ever forget that I could be a binge away from losing everything though...

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  9. I have my first PT tomorrow. I am anxious to get to work on strengthening my ankle and foot and whatever else they say.

    I too believe you will be running in Boston some day. I would love to think I could get there too but I am not sure a marathon is in my future....but Boston...I love the marathon day in Boston. One of my favorite days of the year when I lived there!

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  10. Hi Leigh, I totally believe you when you say you didn't cheat...just reading about your running tell me that :) and that's why I'm sure you will make it to the Boston marathon soon.
    Lean protein is what I'm sticking to right now because I want to do more strength training.We got to do what we got to do :)

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  11. I feel that the people who say they "anyone who says they didn't cheat while dieting is a liar"---they are justifying what they do and truly are not dieting. I too believe you because I am the same way on a regimen---Your results prove it. I do feel that a different regimented focus is needed because--why isn't exactly what I was doing before working to get this last 15 off. I am just under 5'4" and have been ~155 since last October. Happy to be maintaining but come on!!! I am adding more weights to my workouts--nothing fancy just following a book kettlebell routine and my running (not as fast as you). I know I will eventually get there through absolute determination and you will too!!

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