Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Best Laid Plans...
This is not exactly how I planned to wind down 2012...
Let me go back a few weeks, when I was making big plans for the last 6 weeks of the year.
First, I signed up for Amanda's awesome Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge again (I've added a tab to track my points). Last year it really motivated me to get in my exercises and veggies over the holiday season, when the couch and a plate of Christmas cookies was really calling my name. Unfortunately, I got sick right after Christmas so the last week or so of the challenge was more bust than bootie busting. I was excited to tackle it again this year and was doing great, until...
Post-Thanksgiving dinner, halfway through the Redskins/Dallas game (go Skins!), I started feeling a little soreness when I swallowed. Noooooooo! I had such big plans for my 5 day weekend, and this was NOT part of them! When I got home from my parents, I took some ibuprofin and went straight to bed. The sore throat was gone Friday morning when I woke up, but my hopes were dashed as my head started aching worse and worse as the day went on.
I spent my 5 day weekend in bed.
Tuesday I thought I was on the mend, as I no longer felt like the pressure in my sinuses was pushing my brain against the back of my head, but then the cough started.
I took it easy for the rest of the week, ate well, rested a lot, and by Saturday I was feeling about 85% and thought maybe an easy run would knock the rest of it out of my system. I took Little Trail Dog with me for 4 miles of easy walk/run and indeed came home feeling fantastic. I decided I would keep my meetup date for a 12-mile hike on Sunday morning.
I felt great Sunday morning! I got up early, made a yummy breakfast, packed my backpack, took Big Red Dog for a walk and headed off to meet my hiking companions. The weather was perfect. We were hiking two sections of the Falls Lake Trail (part of the MST) that I had been wanting to hike. There were only three others and we enjoyed some nice conversation as we hiked along at a brisk pace.
Then it happened...about a quarter mile from our turnaround point, I was apparently concentrating more on the conversation than where I was putting my feet, and I stepped on a tree root, turned my ankle, and went down. I knew as soon as it happened that it was bad, but I didn't have much choice, so I got up and kept walking. I managed to make it the 6.25 miles back to the car but refused to look at it until I got home. I was feeling more than a little stupid!
By the time I got home it was swelling and turning purple and continued to get worse throughout the day. I spent the rest of the day in bed, RICE'ing, napping, watching tv, and generally being bored out of my skull. Also, kind of wishing I still had my cold instead of this!
Yesterday I went to the orthopedist, and turns out I have a grade 2 possibly 3 sprain and I got that sexy boot to walk around in. The PA started talking about where the bones meet and instability and surgery and pins and I stopped listening - basically I have to go in for another x-ray next week where they manipulate the ankle more to make sure none of that is necessary. I am sure it's all "worst case scenario" talk and I am not letting it bother me. I am calling on the powers that be for quick and complete healing!
So...the fantastic gym/running/workout schedule I spent so much time on last week is now mocking me (because of course I wrote it in my planner, in ink), but I am not going to let this turn into an excuse to do nothing. I was given the ok to swim, but I will probably wait for the swelling to go down and until I am sure I can actually get in and out of the pool without breaking anything else, and I am on the hunt for some good upper body/core workouts I can do. I am also concentrating on eating good, whole foods and NOT indulging in any "poor me comfort carbs."
I am really kind of proud of the way I am handling this, AND as a bonus I get to practice my "imperfectionist" skills by letting my kids do all the holiday decorating this year. I will, however, be asking Santa for a good pair of hiking boots!!