Weight Loss Journey 1:  Ice Packs in My Shorts

Weight Loss Journey 1: Ice Packs in My Shorts

*This post first appeared on SparkPeople on June 2, 2009*

I had a minor setback when I pulled a muscle in my leg this weekend. I suppose I was a little overzealous-between Saturday and Sunday I walked 10 miles and did an hour and a half of high-intensity aerobics. Keep in mind, I’m still a beginner! So this was a bit much. My body tried to tell me this Sunday night as I was doing my Turbojam (one of the best workouts EVER!!!!) and I started to fill a little pull in my hip/groin area every time I lifted my right knee or kicked my right leg. Determined to be determined, I ignored it and finished the video anyway. By the time I went to bed, I could hardly walk without wincing. All through the night I couldn’t get comfortable; I slept horribly because every time I tried to shift in bed I could feel it pulling. I even took 2 Aleve (which is unheard of, I hate to take medications) but, sadly, got very little relief.
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So I was disappointed to find when I woke up Monday that it was still hurting. Disappointed, because, I knew I shouldn’t work out on Monday! Isn’t that crazy? I’m like an addict, all I want is my endorphin fix! So I gimped around at work and promised my poor strained muscle that I wouldn’t damage it any further. And when I got home from work I walked around with ice packs in my shorts to reduce the swelling and help it heal. But even at home, I couldn’t sit still, and ended up organizing my closets (still simplifying, after all….) and telling myself that it didn’t count as working out so I wouldn’t feel guilty for wanting to stay active.
What a change from a few weeks ago! I can’t believe how much my energy level has gone up and how much I CRAVE exercise, not because it will help me lose weight, but because it makes me feel healthy and confident. I also resorted to cleaning out my closets (that sounds so silly to say) because I didn’t really know what else to do with myself. Mind you, there have been more days than not that I HAVEN’T worked out, but the only thing I could think to do with my displaced energy was clean my apartment! It’s so silly, but I’m really excited that exercise has become a part of my routine so fast. I’m itching for when I can get back to doing two workouts a day.
This is all so bizarre. Seriously, I’m–well I guess I should say, I used to be, about the least athletic person I know. Not anymore, and I’m proud of that!So what have we learned, folks?1. Proper form is important. I think this issue (I don’t want to call it an injury, that sounds too dramatic) was caused by inadequate stretching, and keeping my feet planted when I should have been lighter on them. It’s easy to lose focus when you’re excited and just let loose. Certainly, have some fun, that keeps you coming back for more. But take care of your body and treat it right, or you will pay.2. Pay attention to your terrain. I walk at an outdoor park, and today I was noticing that the majority of it slants down to the right, which puts a little extra strain on the ol’ right hip. I tried going the opposite way (not walking backwards, lol, but starting the walk where I used to end and taking the trail in the opposite direction), which helped somewhat, but it still wasn’t ideal.

3. Listen to your body. Yes, we’ve all heard that a thousand times. But if you’re rapidly becoming a workout junkie like me, it’s worth it to take it a little slow so you can get in your workout the next day! I believe my body was trying to tell me to slow down (like I said, still a beginner) and had to resort to less subtle communication because I refused to pay attention.

4. Healthy habits are easy to integrate into your life. Like I said, I can’t believe how fast exercise has become one of my favorite things in the world. Maybe it’s because I’m single and have a lot of time on my hands, lol, but I love the rush I get from the endorphins and how powerful and strong I feel when I’m working out.

So how am I doing today? Much better! Taking it easy yesterday was worth it. I walked 3 miles today and am chilling (literally, lol) with some ice packs again just for good measure, but the irritation has almost completely dissipated. I’m excited to get back to 100% though.

The coolest, thing, though, was that as I was walking today I was eager to start jogging. Now, I know that’s about the surest way to exacerbate the strained muscle, so I continued walking, but I’m excited about that because I’m still focused on the future. There are runners that go to that park too, and one of the things that I visualize is running at that park, looking all slim and athletic, and having it be just as easy to run 3-5 miles as it is to walk it now. Maybe I’ll train for a 5K. I don’t know if I’d ever be interested in a marathon, or even a half marathon, but I’m so confident in my abilities now that I’m not ruling it out.

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One other thought: take care of your feet. My feet have been whining at me a little bit, but they support all your weight and take the pressure when you keep piling that weight on. Then, as you try to lighten the load, they still take the most impact when you’re working out.

Thought of the day: You don’t have to play a professional sport to be an athlete. All you need is the drive to train your body, treat it with care, and work to keep it strong. This is much in the same way as a beginning violinist can be a musician if he knows how to use the violin to guide the music to create a song. Learn to guide your body and treat it as an instrument that will allow you to lead a long, healthy, and productive life.

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

 

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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