Author's note: This post is not seeking medical advice or pity party invitations, it's a space to vent, share, and help me process.
Well, tomorrow is a weigh in day and I'll get there sometime tomorrow, but in the meantime, there is a shift in exercising. I've had some pain in my shin lately...and it doesn't seem to be going away. I was hopeful that it was shin splints, but it may be a stress fracture. Ugh. (This is a self-diagnosis, by the way.)
My first step (no pun intended) is to rest. I went to the gym today and tried to go easy, just a little bit of stationary biking and some elliptical, but I need a full break. I will hit the gym in a few days for upper body strength training, but no cardio.
I will be shifting my focus for the end of this month on rest and recovery. I will still be tracking my food and watching what I eat. I will be getting 8+ hours a sleep a night to help with healing and recovery.
I will refocus how I would have spent my working out time with other restful activities, such as reading, playing ukulele and maybe learning how to crochet? Who knows. I do know that they will be activities that bring me joy and allow me to sit (and perhaps allow a purring cat to sit on my lap, as well.)
I need to remember a few things.
1) I stopped running for three months when I hurt my achilles tendon. (If need be....I know that I could do that again. I don't want to think about not running for that long, but I have the ability to rest and heal, even if it bums be out.)
2) Rest is really the only way to heal. I can't run through this nor should I. I know I can work some cardio back in at some point, but no need to in the immediate future.
3) In the past I was able to watch my weight while not exercising and while it's not my go to method, I can continue to watch what I eat and keep track of what I eat.
4) I will give myself some time to be upset about this setback...which may or may not include a glass of wine paired with some peanut butter Oreos, but then I will refocus and move on. I can't change the fact that I have some sort of injury, but I can do the best for my body and spirit as a new day begins tomorrow.
Thanks for listening, friends.