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I swear I can’t catch a break.  Ask my wife, I am the most positive person on the planet (the joke is the fact that I am the most pragmatic person alive) but this is really getting discouraging.  On top of every other little issue I have been having, today I tried to do some HIIT sprints and felt a pop in my achilles/heel area.  I had a partial tear of my achilles previously, so of course I was immediately concerned.  After trying two bouts of sprints, I gave up due to the pain and limped back to the gym to finish up doing HIIT sprints on the elliptical.

Luckily, I don’t think I really damaged anything, at least not bad enough to impact me normally.  I may be in trouble running, but walking around and doing my normal thing is fine.  Maybe I didn’t actually damage anything, but just had a tweak in my foot that was bad enough I had to stop.

I had a whole different paragraph typed up here last night explaining how last week I had thought about taking a break from exercising, and how I was going to do that next week… but after a good night’s rest I decided I am not going to.  I am going to slow down on the running, though.  I think next week will consist of a lot of elliptical training, incline on the treadmill and maybe some weight lifting if I can figure out things that won’t hurt my shoulder too much.  I may also do a few things like planks and “girl” push-ups and see how my shoulder holds up.  But the point is, my feet are going to get a bit of a break, but I am not going to stop exercising right now.  I hurt, but not in a way where my body is saying I need to stop.

That leads me to two other things I am going to change.  The first one is that I am going to start drinking my diet soda again.  I know, I know, it was in my goals that I wouldn’t during this project but I have seen no discernible difference in my weight loss nor how I feel drinking soda vs. not.  And I have been drinking flavored water (zero calorie, of course) and it hasn’t had a change.  So I am getting back on my habit.  It’s been the hardest thing to change and I can’t truly see a reason why I shouldn’t drink what I enjoy when it has no impact on my weight.  Health is another issue, but you can find countless articles for or against drinking it.  I am gonna.

The second thing I am going to change is my eating.  I have been doing intermittent fasting for a while and don’t mind it too much. However, it makes it difficult for me to take my medication in the morning since I have nothing in my stomach and I know it will make a difference when I start lifting again.  It is important to fuel your body properly especially if you are wanting to build and maintain muscle.  Since I haven’t been lifting, I haven’t been worrying about it, but I plan on starting soon.  So starting this weekend, I will be eating throughout the day instead of just in the evening.  This may make the evenings a bit tougher because if I get peckish, I tend to go overboard, but that is a thing I will have to get over.

So there you have it.  I moved a goalpost and I made some adjustments.  Good thing I make the rules here.

As far as the rest of Thursday went, it was pretty good.  I had a good day at work other than a lot of meetings, got plenty of steps in and ate plenty of food.  I got caught up on AGT with my wife and had League night with the boys and enjoyed it overall.

Now here’s to Friday!

NOTES FOR THE DAY:

Exercise Reps/Distance
(Attempted) HIIT Sprints
Elliptical HIIT Sprints
0.75 miles @ 15:00
2.33 Miles @ 30:00
Other Goals Notes
Eating/Tracking Tracked
Steps 15,413
250+ Steps Per Hour 14 out of 14
Sobriety 58 days in a row
Liquid Intake Decaf coffee and zero calorie flavored water

 

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