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.
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    Thanks Kitt, that encourages me a lot and I will see if I can get my hands on an exercise bike soon. The YMCA near us has them as well as a pool so I may just start some of that.

    All the Best,
    3281 days ago
  • KITT52
    you should be proud that you have the weight off...
    have you tried an exercise bike, when my feet are acting up I can use my bike with out issues...

    but look at the positive side you are doing good.

    3281 days ago
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