The Weigh It Is

Pain and Progress December 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Billie @ 10:37 am

On sunday morning, I dropped an 8 lb weight on my right foot.

 It wasn’t dropped from too high up, it rolled onto my foot from a pile of clothes in my bedroom! It landed on the bridge of my foot, somewhere close to the ankle, on the top of the foot. It hurt quite a bit, and so I thought it best to rest a couple of days. The weather wasn’t very nice this way, either, so my decision to stay home wasn’t a tough one. Wednesday, I went back to the gym and tried to get on the treadmill–my foot still didn’t feel great , so after 2

minutes, I hopped on the elliptical for 35 minutes (10 minutes more than usual) and had a great workout,–set the incline up higher than usual,  level 13. I  tried to get on the treadmill to cool down, and I still didn’t like how the foot felt. SO, being in denial about weighing close to 400 lbs, (in my mind sometimes I am Super Woman!) I jumped back on the elliptical for another ten minutes. I don’t think the time

Posterior view of several hip muscles
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 on the treadmill was a problem, even though it was 20 minutes more than I’m usually on. I think it was the incline perhaps. Or it could’ve been that I took my husband’s car to get snow tires; it’s an escort wagon and low to the ground. Pretty tough for me to get out of. By the end of the day, my right buttcheek was KILLING me. I know that sounds somewhat hilarious, but if you’ve every had experience with the Piriformis muscle being aggravated, it is not funny at ALL. It’s a muscle that goes from your hip and ends just about your buttcrack, right below the tailbone.  I could not sit down, or stand up from a sitting position without EXTREME pain. And I mean extreme, as in I yelled in pain, each time I had to stand up! I rested  for 4 days (Thursday-Sunday), and just was able to workout again Monday morning. I did 20 min on the treadmill (foot seemed to be okay) and 25 on the elliptical, taking care to keep the incline below 10 (mostly at a 7 or 8–if I have no incline on the E, it hurts my knees). I stretched thoroughly after, and so far, so good. It bothered me to have missed so many workouts last week, but in my head, I didn’t feel like I wouldn’t go back (as opposed to times past, where it would’ve been all too easy to stop after only working out once in the past week).  This morning I was late to the gym, but I still made it.  I put in 20 minutes on the treadmill, 13 on the elliptical, and then I did some circuit training–4 sets of shoulder exercises, followed by 4 minutes on the elliptical. I repeated that three times. I made certain to stretch well afterwards! I absolutely do NOT want a repeat performance of last week, ever.

Now, onto the progress! I finally posted some progress pictures. I wanted to wait until there was something that could be seen. It’s tough when you’re the one losing weight–you’re often the last person that can see the results, even though you’ve been feeling the benefits of your efforts for a while. When I looked at these, I could finally see it!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy your time with friend and family, and please, back away from the cookies. 😉  


6 Responses to “Pain and Progress”

  1. Laurie Says:

    That is just awful. And OUCH!!!

    Get better and merry Christmas.

  2. Says:

    ouch!! i just blogged about my injury too 🙂 we can be twins lol!! Actually i’m a lot better and ready for a new post. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Don’t give up!! 2 steps forward one step back.

  3. Sheri Says:

    Billie your an inspiration! Be careful and make sure not to do too much to fast. I look forward to watching your progress!!

  4. Paula Says:

    Oh my goodness! I had the SAME injury back in October. I ran a half marathon on a Sunday without incident, and then somehow managed to hurt myself getting off the couch the following Wednesday. Good for you on being able to recover so quickly! I was out of commission for a month. Butt cheek pain is NOT funny at all.
    I’m very proud of you for getting through the injury and getting back to it.

    p.s. I found your blog through jacksh*t and I just want to tell you that I am rooting for you 🙂

  5. J flick Says:

    Billie, you are super woman, always. Keep up the great work. You have no idea how much you encourage me.

  6. Happy Texan Says:

    OUCH! But it sounds like you’re doing good with the exercise. I’m impressed that you do the elliptical. I can last maybe 10 minutes on that thing. LOL

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