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 LOST 4 POUNDS!
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.