Thursday, September 15, 2011

Weigh in Thursdays

It's been a really long time, I know!  After my last post I had an accident.  I was participating in the Blood, Sweat, & Beers trail race on 7/31/11, stepped on a rock the wrong way, and broke my ankle, 3 miles into the 10 miler race.

So I've been out of touch since then.  I was in a cast and on crutches for 4 weeks, and now I'm in a boot for 4 weeks.  I should be out of the boot by the end of this month.  I do take it off when I'm at home and walk around, okay limp around, to strengthen the ankle.

It's been really tough.  I went through some depression at first because the rest of my summer was blown.  I had to pull out of my first cycle race, Holstein 100 (but I was only doing the 67 miler), and my first triatholon, Iron Girl Lake Tahoe Triatholon.  Then of course, all the other fun stuff I had planned, like more MTBing, kayaking, SUPing, etc., etc.
Temari Ball - Dragon Fly - it's been 2 years since I've done a Temari ball

But with the loss of my outside life, I've regained my inside life.  I am quilting more, once again.  I've also had to take a hard look at how much I've been doing, and being forced to slow down has really helped me to see that I need to be really picky about what I'm going to do in the future.  It's hard because I truly love to be outside doing extremely active stuff.  Sitting still is REALLY hard for me.
Block #4 from my Atlantis quilt - "Sea Flower"

But, I must say, I haven't let this "handicap" hold me back too much.  Diane, my trainer, came up with a good saying for me, "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."  It's so true.  I continued to workout with her as much as I could, modifying what needed to be modified in order for me to still get in a good workout. (She video'd me doing some of my workouts, click HERE to see). Now that I'm in the boot, I can do much more in her classes and I'm feeling good.
Now onto my weigh-in.  I'm having a hard time.  When I broke my ankle, I really thought that I would put on the weight because I wasn't exercising like I had been, but to my astonishment, I was dropping the pounds.  But now, it's like I had never lost them.  Within 1 week, I gained 6 pounds, how is that possible?  This is what last week's weigh-in revealed, a 6 pound gain in one week.  Today's weigh-in revealed no change in that #.  Is it because I'm now working out more and building up the muscle I had lost while in a cast?  That might be part of it, but not 6 pounds worth of muscle.  I will admit, my eating habits have been really bad, but not 19,200 extra calories in 1 week.  I had really hoped that it was a water thing and that this week would show a better #, but nope!

So, once again, my motivation is extremely low.  However, I'm starting a new Balanced Body Challenge at Diane's studio, and I'm hoping with a new challenge, and the fact that I can do more with my exercising, although not as much as I'm used to, and if I keep a tight reign around my eating, that I should be able to drop this poundage once again.  But the key is the my eating.

Here's to never giving up.