Weigh Day - Week 8

I'm going to keep this short and sweet this week.  I have been ridiculously busy with work, so I haven't had time to do anything.  Sorry I've been neglecting y'all.

Week 7 Weight: 271.0
Week 8 Weight: 269.8

Loss This Week: 1.2 pounds.  I'll take it!
Total Weight Loss:  24.2 pounds!!

I am so, so, so excited to be in the 260s.  I'm looking forward to getting this stupid cast off so I can kick some butt working out.  I hope everybody else had a great week, too!!


Weigh Day - Week 7

Are we already over 7 weeks into 2012?  This year is absolutely flying by.

The past few days I have been extremely focused on eating healthy.  Since being put into a cast on Wednesday for the next month, I have been planted on the couch.  I am definitely getting antsy, and while I'm sure I could still be working out without using my ankle, I am enjoying some rest and relaxation for a change.  I like not having the stress of having to fit so many things into one day.  Even though I hate being in the cast and I believe crutches were created as some kind of torture device, I am trying to stay positive and use this as an opportunity to recharge my batteries and gear up for my training once my ankle is 100% healthy again.

I know you're really here to see the weigh-in, so I'll get to it.

Week 6 Weight: 273.8
Week 7 Weight: 271.0

I lost 2.8 pounds this week.  Woot woot!!!  That's a total of 23 pounds in the last 7 weeks!

Sometimes when I am working out hard, my body rebels and refuses to lose weight.  This week, I didn't do any workouts and I lost almost 3 pounds.  Go figure.  I know it's crazy.  The body is definitely a mystery.

This week I'm going to focus on my food since I've still got three more weeks of cast and crutches.  I've got a couple new recipes that I really need to get to you guys.  I made a batch of really yummy and super healthy banana muffins using whole wheat flour, and I also made some fabulous black bean chili.  I've been making a lot of stuff that I can cook once and then eat for a few days.  Trust me, cooking on crutches is not an easy task!

My goal for next week is to be in the 260s.  I'm really excited to get down below 265.  I got to around 265 last year before things started to unravel, so once I get below 265 I'll officially be lower than I've been in probably 5 years or more.  Only 6 pounds to go!     


Injury Update

So I went to the doctor today about my ankle injury.  He did an MRI and found a torn ligament.  He said it has been slowly healing for the past few months, but because I never really gave it a complete rest it is just taking forever to get back to normal.  Basically, every time I take a step, I am undoing the healing and keeping it from getting any better.

Here's Operation Ankle Rehab:

For the next 4 weeks, I am in a cast.  Boo!!  I also have to use crutches for the next month and stay off my foot completely.  This is going to be HARD!!  Now that I live by myself, I know things like grocery shopping and cooking meals is going to be a challenge.

For 4 weeks after I get out of the cast, I still can't do any exercise using my ankle.  I also have to follow a daily stretching and strengthening routine for my ankle.

Then after 8 weeks, I can finally start light exercising, walking and riding my bike.

I am happy that I know what is wrong with my ankle, and I'm super excited to be on the road to getting it back to 100 percent.  However, I know that this derails my triathlon plans.  I won't be able to pick back up on my training for 2 months, and the triathlon is in only 3 months.  I still plan on doing a triathlon this summer, but right now I have to focus on getting better.

I'm not going to let this injury stop me from continuing to lose weight.  I'm going to focus my attention on eating right.  My exercises are going to have to be mainly limited to lifting weights.  So today the countdown begins to March 15th.  I already can't wait to get out of this cast!


Weigh Day - Week 6 and Venting Frustrations

I really worked hard to stay within my calories this week.  I am loving being able to buy my own food and cook for myself only now that my brother has moved out.  Eating was MUCH better this week than last week.  My frustration was when it came to working out, but I'll get to that in a minute.

Week 5 Weight: 273.8
Week 6 Weight: 273.8

273, 273 go away.  Come again another day NEVER.
So why am I frustrated about working out?  Well, I know I've mentioned my ankle a couple of times.  I sprained it at the end of September, but me, being the smart person I am, didn't go to the doctor to have it checked out.  I kept telling myself it wasn't that bad.  It actually improved pretty fast and I could walk on it (albeit with a huge limp) in less than a week.  I didn't want to disappoint my family and opt out of the bike trip we had planned for the beginning of October, so I pushed my ankle and started riding my bike again almost right away.  Even though my left foot went completely numb when I rode more than a couple of miles, I kept at it.

So cut to a couple of months later and I was able to walk pretty easily on my ankle.  However, it still didn't feel right.  It was still swollen and putting on my shoe would cause a sharp pain to shoot up my leg every time.  By January 1st, I was so ready to start working out and eating healthy again.  My ankle wasn't ready for me to do that, though.  For the past couple of weeks, my ankle has been really swollen.  I have been trying to follow my sprint triathlon training program, and my ankle is kicking back.  It's just too much for it.

I'm sooo frustrated with this injury.  It's been four-and-a-half months and I'm still dealing with it.  The worst part is it seems like it has improved all it's going to.  It hasn't gotten any better for at least a month.  I am so motivated right now to do hard workouts, train for the triathlon, and finally get this weight off, but my body is stopping me from doing that.

I decided to get smart and actually have a doctor check it out this week.  I know I should have gone in the first place, but I absolutely hate going to the doctor.  I have sprained my ankle before and within a couple of weeks I was back to normal.  I have never had an injury that just lingered for months.  I made an appointment for Wednesday, so I'll let you guys know what I hear.  I really hope I can get back to training soon.  I have 99 days until the triathlon and I need to be able to train!

Have you ever had to deal with an injury?


Weigh Day - Week 5

I haven't been around the blogosphere much this week.  My brother is moving out this week, so I've been busy trying to get everything prepared.  Then I was out of town towards the end of the week helping him move.  Unfortunately, I didn't plan my food very well and ended up eating out more often than not.  I also only worked out a couple of days this week.  

Now that I'm on my own, I think eating healthy is going to be a LOT easier.  I only have to worry about cooking for myself and I don't have to have bad things in the house at all.  I'm also turning my brother's old room into an exercise room!  I'm really excited to paint and get everything set up in there.  I will show you guys the pics when I'm done.  I really only have a stationary bike and a weight bench, but, hey, that's better than nothing!

Week 4 Weight: 273.6
Week 5 Weight: 273.8

This Week:  Gained 0.2 pounds
Total Weight Loss: 20.2 pounds