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Concussion, contemplation and a conundrum

Saturday, June 13, 2020

So, Concussion came first, then the conundrums, followed by the contemplation.

Just over a week ago, I took a nasty tumble. We were leaving our Carcassonne apartment on our way home on Friday and, not thinking or looking, I clipped a step with my heel, rushing as I was. All I remember is ‘takeoff’ and ‘landing’. The former instilled panic, the latter ‘Oh sh#t’ and ‘Owwwww!’ I landed on my upper back and gluteus maximus (b#m), with my head wedged between floor and wall. On the way my glasses had flown, but luckily remained unbroken, as was I. Anyway, Laurie took me to the local hospital, where I was x-rayed and dispatched with a prescription for several meds, a neck collar and instructions to go for a scan at the main hospital if the dizziness persisted with nausea.

Up until then, the past couple of weeks, I had been walking both dogs every morning, separately, so clocking up several miles a day. This had to stop straight away as I was suffering from constant dizziness and spent the probably the weekend in shock, as well as acute pain, despite the meds.

Being nearly halfway through the BLC-43 Summer Challenge, I was worried that a week or longer without exercise would damage my chances of success with this challenge. As of a week post fall, I needn’t have worried...

What I have been doing:-

* I didn’t change my eating habits, as I have been losing an average of 1/2 to 1 pound a week since the beginning of lockdown in March.

* I have stopped exercising heavily, as I have been unable to, but I have been stretching and doing calf raises in the mornings, as I can only sleep in one position and so I wake up very stiff. Also, a little housework thrown in, mainly sweeping up dog hair, making the bed and wiping down surfaces to help Laurie out as he has been doing absolutely everything for me; I also did the ironing, too much last Saturday, as it set me back on Sunday, but yesterday’s was slower paced and enough time had passed for the dizziness to settle down somewhat.

* I have been sleeping longer at night. Not need Inga to get up as early to walk the dogs is only part of it. Being nervous about the concussion is another - I’ve been going to bed earlier, so that I’m not the last one going up, switching off lights etc.,

This is where and why the contemplation came in. I have spent most of my adult life trying to lose weight or maintain weight loss. Finally I have realised that, although I knew it, I have admitted to myself that all of these factors impact on my results....

* Eating sensibly, goes without saying
* Exercising, that makes sense
* Plenty of water for hydration and feeling fuller
* Sleeping - the last I have really considered, but this week, it has really mattered, for recovery AND weight loss

So, this week, eating sensibly, same as before, not exercising intensively, dfrinking lots of water and sleeping more.....


I NEVER lose four pounds in one week.

The only times, previously, that I have lost that amount in one week has been when starting out AGAIN.

The GOOD NEWS is, since early November 2018, I have lost 27 pounds.

Last birthday, in May, I was 59.

Next birthday, you clever Sparklettes, I’ll be 60.

Today’s weight of 203 pounds was my weight at 40 ( a year after my daughter was born), also in 2009, before a four week trip to the US boosted me to 217 pounds where I pretty much stayed till we got married in 2013.

So here I am, eleven years after the last time here, but here I am not staying... I am carrying on my journey.

If I can lose weight in a week when I can’t exercise although I have been, then I can do this and get to at least 180 pounds by the end of the year ( after all I have worked out that I have more than 27 weeks till Christmas and 180 pounds is 23 pounds away).

So this week has been an interesting one... it has shown me that my body, though weakened by injury, has NOT let me down and I can count on it to get me where I want to be!

It has also proven to me that sleep, as well as sensible eating, drinking water and exercising is vital to me wellbeing and weight loss.

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    Oh my! That fall sounds worse than I had imagined! Pretty rough! I'm so glad you weren't badly hurt, but the concussion surely must have been worrisome in the days since.

    Congratulations on your unexpected weight loss, a nice consolation prize for all your pain and trouble. Don't you find it amazing that time after time, our bodies can lead us on the path toward recovery. It's great that your injury renewed your faith in your body's power to heal!
    215 days ago
    I'm glad something positive came out of your fall but as previously requested - Take Care! Or take more water with it. emoticon
    216 days ago
    WOAH! That sounds like quite the experience - the kind you don't need/want to experience again.
    You know, way back in my first two years of Sparking, I hit a plateau. My blog was public then and someone commented that I should take a rest day or two and eat exactly what I'd been eating before (i.e. NOT less) and then watch the scale go down, which it did, by 2-3 lbs. Sometimes I think we think we need to exercise like mad to lose weight and it's simply not true, as you can see by your results on the scale this past week! And sleep is very, very important as well for healing.
    Sending you good vibes for a speedy recovery!!
    216 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/15/2020 6:11:39 AM
    Oh, my! I didn't know you took a tumble!
    Treat yourself gently.
    Great on the weight though. Do you think you're not feeling confidant enough to go "looking" for things to eat?
    I've noticed on a vacation where I'm in another's home, I don't look for snacks and tend to lose a few.
    217 days ago

    I sure am sorry that you took such a tumble, but you sure know how to persevere!! Good job!
    Happy belated birthday, too!
    217 days ago
    Congrats on the 4 Pds!
    I'm glad your fall wasn't any worse! I hope you continue to feel better daily!
    217 days ago
    emoticon Sorry you had a fall - Sounds like what I did not to long ago on our walk and missed one of our concrete steps - fell on my knee and busted a big hole in it. Now its all healed. Glad you found other ways to get thru - and emoticon on your Weight Loss!!!
    217 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I am so sorry about your fall. I had a fall in 2011 and broke several bones. I am so happy that you have lost 4 pounds. You should be very proud!
    217 days ago
    Wow what a scary incident. Glad you are starting to feel better. And losing 4 pounds too. You are amazing. Keep up the good work and positive thinking. You will be back better than ever really soon.

    217 days ago
    concussion are horrid keep resting and dont rush it you are doing well Hugs
    217 days ago


    emoticon on the 4 pounds!!
    217 days ago
    I remember when you first posted about the fall; am sorry to hear the results. Please do take good care of yourself and don't rush the intense exercise. you are doing great and am sure you will continue to!
    218 days ago
    Yikes...a scary episode, for sure!
    Glad you’re starting to feel better now.
    And congrats on saying good riddance to FOUR POUNDS!
    Love your goal, too...totally do-able.
    218 days ago
    You are going great. I have had a similar experience the past few months, very challenging.
    218 days ago
    Wow, this is an interesting trajectory, to say the least. Take care of yourself and feel better soon.
    218 days ago
    Congrats on the 4 pound lost.
    I sincerely hope you feel better very soon, must have scare the living daylights out of you and maybe knocked your pride a little too. Like I said earlier to you, I had a fall and have no idea how it happened (still hoping to find a stray banana skin that was hiding to blame it onLOL).

    take it easy, and I mean that!!
    stay safe and enjoy the weekend. emoticon
    218 days ago
    I hope you continue to feel better and better day by day. emoticon emoticon
    Congratulations on losing four pounds in a week - that is AWESOME!!! emoticon emoticon

    218 days ago
    218 days ago
    So sorry to hear about the concussion and dizziness. And the pain from the fall!

    Wow! Congrats on the 4 lbs. released. That’s awesome. You're doing the right things.

    HUGS and do hope you're feeling better.

    218 days ago
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