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:
|(Attempted) HIIT Sprints
Elliptical HIIT Sprints
|0.75 miles @ 15:00
2.33 Miles @ 30:00
|250+ Steps Per Hour||14 out of 14|
|Sobriety||58 days in a row|
|Liquid Intake||Decaf coffee and zero calorie flavored water|