Getting back on the wagon with a bum ankle
Friday, August 10, 2012
It's been a while since I spent time here at Sparkpeople, but I have been thinking about all my friends here always.
Right now, I am struggling with some depression and frustration over the lack of progress I have made in my weight loss journey. While I have not gained any weight in the last 6 months, I also have not lost any due to lack of exercise.
In April of this year, I was advised by my doctor that I now have arthritis in my left ankle that cannot be corrected. This was after a bout of tendonitis that went on for 4 months with no relief. I refused to go on medication or wear a stupid ortho boot for it, except for an awful cortisone shot. I had to cancel my workouts with my personal trainer, which left me feeling very defeated and mad at myself.
I work all the time too - both outside the home now in a corporate setting as well as working from home running my busy freelance business. Consequently, that means 60 hours or more per week sitting in front of a computer.
Lately, I have been making a concerted effort to get up every couple of hours and walk around the inside of my office building, or I walk outside - over to the other side of our campus to the other building for meetings. It equates to about 15-25 mins of slow walking, which is painful but I am building up a high pain threshold. I also try to do leg stretches and lifts under my desk, as well as stretching my arms and back often. But it's not enough to make a real difference as I am back to being out of breath after a short walk. I hate how I have developed a limp and a waddle to my gait now.
On the upside, I have focused on eating healthy foods, drinking more water, and eating fruit in between meals. Still struggling with food aversion however, and I often have to force myself to eat anything at all.