Happy Saturday, all!
Well, I had a nice little pity party for myself yesterday ... brain said, well, if you can't work out hard and daily, you're definitely going to gain it all back, so what the hell? Why not just eat whatever?
Thankfully, I have wrestled the mental remote back, and am doing better this morning (and eating healthfully). More research into this (Mayo Clinic site, etc.), and I now have a better idea of what I'm dealing with (and yes, Dee, I'm sure it's sciatica, induced by the damn TaeBo floor moves - the list of symptoms is exactly what I'm going through, though the calf cramping is just a result of limping around for a few days). Yes, this may last for a while - like, weeks, not days. No, it doesn't mean I'm restricted to my bed/couch/house - actually, getting up and moving is far better than just laying around. Pilates is actually a good thing, as it will strengthen the core which will help relieve the pain and realign the discs/muscles - as long as I don't do anything high-impact (jumping, bouncing, jerking), I'm actually helping myself, not hurting.
So, the plan is this: no TaeBo, step aerobics, etc. for a while. Definitely do pilates, to the extent that I can without pain (there are only a couple of exercises that actually hurt at this point - I'll avoid those). Continue with the ice/heat rotation, and keep on with the Motrin (though at smaller doses). I'm getting a massage this afternoon, so hopefully that'll feel good and maybe make the muscles happier and more relaxed. Call the chiro to try to get in for an adjustment on Monday or Tuesday. Dig deep and find some patience somewhere.
Nessa, I know exactly what you mean, and it's my fear as well - this is the first majorly debilitating thing I've faced, and it's scared me but good. Look at how much I've wigged out over this and it's been, what, 3 days of not working out? Overreact much?
But as I caught sight of myself in the big windows of the library and saw myself looking a little puffy (lots of treating the past few days), I realized I could very easily eat myself to right back where I started from. Do I honestly want that? Of course not
. And while exercise is, indeed, important, right now that's not an option, so I need to tighten up control on the other variables - FOOD, water, FOOD, being as active as I can, FOOD, keeping a positive attitude, and oh, did I mention FOOD?
No one's holding me down and force-feeding me anything ... I'm in charge, here, so I can choose to go lighter on the calories until I get more active again. Sucks, and I don't want to, but the other alternatives are way worse.
As for the anniversary ... well, we'll just see!
Have a great day, everyone! And thanks again for all your good thoughts!
Vita brevis ... carpe diem!