Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations

Last week I took it really easy, mostly due to my ankle.  I have at least two big running events in less than a year and I am absolutely terrified of getting a serious injury.  I only taught Zumba on Monday, then took Body Pump and taught on Thursday.  I did 5.5 miles on the elliptical and 1 mile on the treadmill on Friday.  I took Zumba Saturday and Sunday and ran 2.5 miles on Sunday.  On Saturday I showed a couple of my Zumba ladies the song I had choreographed and they really liked it.  In fact, all of my Zumba ladies have really liked it  so far and one of them loved it so much that she asked me to go to her class on Sunday and do it for her class.  So, of course, I did.  My eating has been so-so, just right for maintenance actually.

Friday I got up early, went to the gym and then to my doctor's office.  I was going for the Plantar Fasciitis in my foot, but had a few other issues I brought up with her.   She gave me a few stretches and treatments for my foot, one of which was to roll my foot over a frozen water bottle so that it massages and ices at the same time.  Ingenious!  She also put in a request to my insurance for a splint to sleep in.  She said essentially, the reason it gets worse and never heals even though I've been taking anti-inflammatory drugs and taping my foot before every workout, is because it falls slack at night and re-injures itself.  She said that my ankle would be fine, it is probably only a strained tendon or ligament and to ice it as needed and to continue to wear my ankle brace and that it could take up to three months to completely heal.  Yuck.  I asked her about my workouts and she gave me the go ahead to continue on unless things get worse!  I was so happy to hear that!  So this week I'm back on track with my workouts!  I can deal with the soreness of it until it heals, so long as I can get back to my routine!  *happy dance*  I asked her if health wise I was in good shape to train for a marathon starting in late June or so, and she said yes, I am healthy enough, the only issue being my Plantar Fasciitis and that if I took care of it and treated it as necessary, that should be fine.  One other thing I asked her about was my chronic fatigue.  I told her that sometimes I just feel so tired like I absolutely cannot do a single thing.  She had a couple ideas about that, most of which would be related to my weight loss, and had them do some blood work on me.  Apparently this can be a common thing for women that have lost large amounts of weight and I'm actually hoping they find something.  Not because I want to have issues, but I'd rather there be something wrong with me that they can treat, than me be crazy and there be nothing to be done.  I'll post more about this when I get results back.  Friday night Mark and I went out with another couple to the comedy club; we really had a blast and I only drank 3 Michelob Ultra Light beers (I think those may be 64 calories a piece if I remember correctly), so I was pretty good as far as Friday nights go.  ;)

Saturday night I was not such a good girl.  I ate well all day and then Mark, my dad and I went to Chelino's to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  I planned ahead and made the decision to splurge, so I wasn't going to count anything.  I wasn't going to eat to be sick, but I also wasn't going to stress about every calorie.  We really wanted to eat on the balcony because the weather was so lovely and it's just more fun to eat and drink margaritas on the balcony, so we ended up waiting about an hour.  Which is fine, because I was dead set on having a fun night and that totally revolves around the balcony!  It was definitely worth it!  The group next to us were a riot and we really had a great time cutting up with everyone.  I got a few good pictures, too.
A tad blurry
Dad and I
Best drink ever!  Sangria Swirled Margaritas!
I wish I had taken a picture of my food, it was delicious and I could only eat half of it, but I had a Mexican Especial Platter or something along those lines.  It included a chicken enchilada, a cheese enchilada, a beef taco and two tamales.  Mmmmm-mmmmm good!  I was definitely a tipsy girl by the end of the night, but my dad offered to drive and it's not often Cinco de Mayo, in fact, it only happens once a year!  ;)  I will say that I unfortunately paid for my extravagant weekend.  Yesterday morning I weighed in at 132.4; however, I will say that it was worth it because if nothing else I ended up with a couple of great pictures!  :-p  Not to mention I should be back to at least 130 by the end of the week.  If not it's because female times may settle in before then.  Some people may say that I made poor decisions over the weekend due to my constant bitching about my struggle with the infamous "last 10 pounds", though I say  it's important to weigh out those "last 10 pounds" in one hand and the prospect of enjoying life with the people you love in the other.  I didn't binge and I worked out everyday that I indulged, I feel justified in the way I spent my weekend.  I have busted ass for over two years to get to where I have and I finally feel that I'm at a point where I can balance things out.  Besides all that, with my injuries slowly and surely healing up, I'm getting ready to start stacking up miles again.  The weight just seems to kind of naturally slide off when I'm running regularly, so I'm not sweating it until I see myself gain and not drop those pounds in the week or so following.  As my dad says, live no regrets, enjoy your life!

I think I'm about to start a series of posts from my old blogs on Sparkpeople.  I feel that it may be more helpful to some to see where I was at in the beginning and middle of my weight loss rather than just towards the end.  I truly wish I had started a blog before this point, but maybe that little bit of insight will be helpful to some.  Tonight I am off to a Social Distortion concert!  Yay!  With special guests of the Toadies and Lindi Ortega (never heard of her).  It's been so long since I've been to a concert and I am super pumped!  So, I will yet again miss my Tuesday Body Pump class.  Major, major bummer!  I miss that class so much!  After today it will have been at least 3 weeks since I last attended that class, I'm almost to the point of suffering from withdrawals!  I managed to catch the class before teaching Zumba on Thursday, but it's just not the same!  I have cheered a few times on singles, but something tells me it's just not going to take off, so I digress.  But I will be back to my Tuesday routine next week and I will be extra careful so I hopefully won't injure myself any further and prevent any more hiatuses.  And maybe we'll figure out where the hell this fatigue came from and why it has been plaguing me for months.  Anyhoo, I am off to a rock concert, I shall post again (hopefully) soon!

7 comments:

  1. I'm still struggling with the splurging part. I need to only let myself splurge when I do get in a good workout or zumba class. Instead I hate myself after a bad weekend and don't change my behaviors! Did it take you a while to "learn"?

    I love reading your blog. I'm a new reader and found you through Katie at Runs for Cookies. I haven't decided yet if I want to blog about my weight in numbers. I guess the only way to change it is to admit it, huh? I have been blogging about my new life of wogging (walk/jog) and how I'm trying to become a runner.

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    1. It took awhile for me to learn, for sure! Or else I would not have gained back the weight from the first time around. I think the main mistake is the hating yourself part, it starts a negative wave of emotions and gives you the wrong attitude for wanting to make positive changes. The important thing is to remember that tomorrow is a new day and to make it count! Eventually the splurging gets less and less or at least more controlled and you won't have to force yourself to not hate yourself. You just won't hate yourself. Focus on the positive things you're doing to change your life and be healthy, and when you focus on the negative do it in a way to correct it, not punish yourself for it!

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  3. Hi. Love your blog, and I totally agree with your decision on the weekend. Life is to be lived and enjoyed, and we must have balance for that. You've got to be able to let loose a little every now and then, and you clearly work very hard, so why not? I've just started out doing Zumba - I love the discs, but get a little bored with the same routines over and over. Thank goodness for you-tube routines - doing some online stuff gives me the opportunity to break the monotony. Classes would be great but there aren't any in my little town.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoy my blog! Bummer! If I were in your town, I would love to have you in my class! And yes, thank goodness for Youtube! Last winter when we got snowed in for a few days I had a blast shaking it to Youtube routines!

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