Last week, I got some great news: my blood tests all came back showing I’m fine and healthy. No anemia. No thyroid problem. All cholesterol levels, blood pressure, etc., fine. I’ll admit that at first I was a little upset. I hadn’t been feeling well and was steadfast that there was something wrong. I think I wanted a clear-cut problem so that I could have a clear-cut solution. The truth of the matter is that what has been ailing me is stress and there is not an easy fix.
The other good news is that my feet have been feeling significantly better. In fact, it’s just one foot bothering me and I’m pretty sure it can be corrected once I go back to the podiatrist and figure out exactly how I’m pronating since I can feel hip pain in the side of my body with the foot pain, so clearly they’re related. The even better news is that I have been walking at least 4 times a week. The old Cranky One would scoff at walking as it is calorie-burning-inefficient when compared to running. The new Cranky One? I’m just so damn happy I can MOVE! And I’ve found incredible peace in walking.
I’ve added in running in intervals, but never more than a total of 3 miles and never more than three times a week. I’m all about sustainability and avoiding injury. I relish the fact that I can get out there into the fresh air and sweat. I hope some day I can get back to running long distances, even if just once a week, since I’ve always found my long runs along the beach to be therapeutic, but I’ll be patient One thing that may be of interest to you runners is that my podiatrist had me switch from my Asics to Brooks’ Addiction. I also got the shoe in wide since I’ve always had wider feet and the second I put my feet into the new shoe they felt significantly better. I also have temporary orthotics in the shoe, but will pay for specialized made-to-fit orthotics in the next couple of weeks.
Today my boyfriend and I started a new cross-fit style work-out plan, which we’ll be completing for the next three months. Three months! We’re both hoping to make significant strength gains, which means that eating sufficiently (more than usual) is essential. So, I’m going to spend some time making additional high protein, high fat meals plans, since I’ve been slackin’ again on getting enough fat. I never have to try to get enough protein though. I’ll update here as to the specifics of the work-out plan and my strength gain progress if any of you are interested. I know that in the past three days we had to “test” where I am at currently in strength for full-body squats, bent over rows, bench press and dead lifts. My boyfriend’s plan is different because he’s hoping to gain strength in different ways (apparently there’s jump stuff in his plan? I need to become more literate about this stuff because I just kinda nod and am like, jumps? Cleans and jerks? Sounds like someone preparing a chicken.).
Anyhow, this weekend was fantastic. I took my mom salsa dancing and got her nice and tipsy It was fun reliving those childhood memories of us dancing together to the Gipsy Kings.
And now? Back to the grind. But even that’s got some fun in it
The Cranky One