Saturday, December 12, 2009

Challenge Check-In And Assessing The Damage

My panic attack over injuring my heel earlier has now passed. My freak out was unwarranted and I know it, but I was honestly terrified that I would end up being too hurt to workout and, thus, would experience a halting in my progress (or worse yet a backslide). I guess I need to examine why I was so scared, but I think it mostly just boils down to not wanting to lose motivation or slip into poor habits due to an injury.

I really am hurt, although it is significantly less painful than when I first smashed my foot. I am still limping pretty badly, but at least I can put weight onto it now. I was so worried I had broken or chipped a bone, but – barring any serious issues come morning – I think it was simply a really bad blunt trauma. It’s still swollen and the bruise I have is nasty; when my husband looked at it a short while ago I think he suddenly realized just how hard I must have hit it.

I suspect I will have to take it easy for the next day or so, and I will definitely be staying off my feet as much as my body tells me to. The last thing I want to do is hurt myself more by pushing too soon. I already looked up a bunch of alternative exercises online and did them today after the accident. I am hoping that having to stop doing most of my normal routines will not have too much of a negative impact in the short term provided I can supplement my activity level with new exercises.

Anyhow, it’s time for everyone participating to check in for the Looking To The Future Christmas Challenge. I hope people are still on track with their health goals despite the holidays looming ever closer by the day. Every person who is taking part just has to leave a comment on this post for another chance to be entered in the prize draw. Less than two weeks to go – let’s keep at it!

- 12 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with roast chicken, grated cheese, lettuce, dried cranberries, fat free Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 3 cups Caesar salad with fat free dressing, dried cranberries, and croutons
- 3 hard boiled eggs with fat free Miracle Whip
- 4 cups light popcorn
- 1 Mandarin orange

- 20 minutes of an exercise video
- 2 sets of 5 minutes of weight lifting with 5 lbs per arm while laying down
- 3 sets of 2 minutes of weight lifting with 10 lbs per arm while laying down
- 4 sets of 50 stomach crunches (2 straight, 1 right, and 1 left)
- 20 minutes of chair aerobics (3 short online videos)
- 2 sets of 10 knee push ups
- 2 sets of 10 back extensions
- 2 sets of 15 bent leg donkey kicks for each leg


  1. As of today, I am 4.4 lbs. away from my goal of 171 lbs. My weight went up by a pound after my Thursday weigh-in. I'll keep shooting for the goal!

  2. after a tough week due to an injury and told that i cant do any exercise for a minimum of 2 weeks, i had no gain or loss. i am thinking i wont reach my goal of -10 by the end of the challenge.. the challenge is going to be maintaining/losing while not exercising...

  3. I am one pound away to my goal - to read 100 and something on that scale before the end of the challenge. I should make it in two weeks!

  4. YIKES! That dang coffee table!!!!!!!! I am glad you are better & have found alternative things to do. Hey, the change may shock your bod! Changing things up is good.. although the way you got to that is not! :-) Yes, be careful so you don't hurt it more & DO NOT get discouraged. Just modify the food & exercise if need be till you are better.

    Keep up the good work and do not let this change your focus on getting healthy! We will have many bumps in the road during a weight loss process & one of the lessons learned is how to get thru them without giving up OR eating to compensate for our emotions.

  5. I'm glad you're feeling better and I hope it heals quickly!

    I find you need a fair bit of room to "sparkle" with Richard. ;o)

  6. I'm so glad it's feeling better. I think we're all terrified of a sidelining injury. You look so shapely and marvelous in your new set of pictures, by the way!

  7. Thanks for all your comments and for the updates so far! Amy C., just keep at it; there's nothing wrong with modifying goals to fit with what is going on in your life and I can certainly realte to an injury right now!

    For myself, I weighed-in at 190.6 this morning, which means that I am only 0.2 pounds from my Christmas Challenge goal! I'm so excited!

  8. I'm glad you didn't seriously hurt yourself!!!