This has been a tough week. It started with the last day of week one. I mentioned that I felt the start of a pinched nerve, but I decided to go for a walk anyway. I walked for an hour that day. The next morning I woke up in severe pain and had a flare-up for two days. As soon as I felt well enough, I went back to the gym and walked on the treadmill. Again, I had a flare-up and was out of commission for another two days. Rather than give up when I was up and round again, I kept my appointment with the personal trainer that specializes in rehabilitation. We talked in depth about my illness and how it’s been for me the last couple of weeks. He had some good feedback and took me around the gym to do a workout that he thought was right for me. I did the treadmill for 20 minutes (a treadmill that’s designed to be low impact) and then we did strength training using resistance instead of weights. He also asked to speak with my physical therapist so they can come up with a plan for me together. I was really happy with him. He was professional, sweet, empathetic and seemed to know what he was talking about. I left with prices to hire him for the next couple of months and when I got home, my husband and I both agreed it was the best plan (with the approval of my Physical Therapist).
The next day I woke up with no ill effects of my workout with the trainer (a good sign) and walked over to see my Physical Therapist (who I have been seeing on and off for 8 years now). It was a really positive meeting. He’s quite happy to speak with the trainer and as far as the flare-ups after working out – it’s just a part of the process. The good news is that I’m not doing any damage. It’s just how my body is coping. He said when it happens, accept it and when you feel better, go back to your workout regimen (although he told me to cut the cardio to 30 minutes until I get a bit stronger). At some point I may end up with a flare-up that lasts only one day and then maybe I’ll get strong enough that I won’t have flare-ups that are due to physical activity. He said he saw a real difference in me from the last time we met (the last time I saw him I was in tears). He said I seem positive and determined. I told him I made a decision. I decided that I’m going to fight to get my life back. He was happy to hear it and I felt good about saying it.
Diet wise – I haven’t followed a plan. I’m just making different choices in food. I have been cutting portions, eating low fat recipes (like my Mushroom and Barley Risotto I posted this week). I’m adding more protein and fiber to my diet and eating more complex carbohydrates instead of white rice and pasta. If you’re worried this is going to turn into one of those health food sites, it’s not. I’ll probably add a mix of both healthy and regular so there’s something for everyone. On Thursday I’ll be posting a Victoria Sponge cake recipe that’s far from low fat for you to enjoy. I only tasted it and gave it away (after saving one slice for my husband and son). Good for me, but they were not pleased at all that I cheated them out of a second slice.
Weight loss this week: 2 lbs. Right on track. They say it’s not great to loose weight too fast so I’ll take the 2 lbs and hope it continues 🙂 I’m also going to do a weigh in and measurements with the trainer the next time we meet so I can do monthly measurements as well.
Once again, thank you all for the support, encouragement and for taking this journey with me. It means a lot.