Monday, December 8, 2014

Best (and Worst) Foot Forward

I had to start off with this picture of Molly from this morning.  While generally she's a handful and the complete opposite of our last dog, she is so sweet in the mornings.  Of course she's only half awake, but I'll take what I can get.  She loves those Momma chin scratches.

After a very over indulgent weekend I've got to get back into a better head space.  I feel like this weekend was worse than Thanksgiving because we ate horribly and I wasn't able to get in as much activity other than my challenges.  I've also been really awful about drinking water, I know I'm not getting nearly enough.  That is definitely a priority for this week.  Oh and my stupid TOM tapped me on the shoulder yesterday and was like, "Hi, um, just thought I'd show up and bloat your stomach for roughly a week.  Is that cool?"  I honestly don't know what my weigh in is going to be like tomorrow.

So in other news, I decided to stop doing the burpee challenge, and it's not because I hate them and am wussing out, although I really do hate them!  I've had an issue with my foot for the last couple of weeks that honestly didn't alarm me at first since my feet generally always feel questionable.  I'm used to random aches and pains, which is why I didn't even bother to mention it before.  But 2 weeks ago I started getting this "hmm this seriously doesn't feel right" pain at the top left of my left foot.  Since I have no idea what the proper name is for anything, I just took a picture of my foot with my pointing to where it hurts.  Because you know, you needed that.

So, the pain is on the edge of the foot, right where I'm pointing.  It's a sharp pain that feels more bone related than tendon related.  I really noticed how bad it was getting after doing our long walks, and Zumba was also pretty painful due to the jumps.  If I put weight on that side of the foot or press the spot hard it definitely hurts, and even when there isn't weight on it, I'm aware that it feels off.  I am going to give it a week to see if it gets better, and then I guess I have no choice but to get an x-ray to see if it's a stress fracture, which is unfortunately what it sounds like just from what I've read.  As for what caused it, I think my shoes were partially to blame since they were weak and worn down.  I also was very stupid and there were a lot of times I did my Richard tapes or Zumba in bare feet, which is a huge no no.  The only reason I did is because I was doing the aerobics on carpet, and my shoes would cause this weird dragging sensation that was hurting my knees.  In bare feet I don't get that sensation, but I may have caused a worse problem.  My whole point in telling you this drawn out story is that while walking and all that makes that foot hurt, the burpees make it feel excruciating.  I think a lot of it is that push off that you do from plank to squatting, and then of course the jump at the end.  Every time I do burpees I can barely walk afterwards my foot hurts so bad.  It's honestly just not worth it, and I can revisit the burpee challenge in the New Year.

The foot thing is causing anxiety because I really love my walks, and of course Molly loves the walks, and I don't really want to stop doing them.  I'm also not going to be able to hit my step goal for the month if I don't do my walks, so I don't really know what to do.  I'm also really sad because I wanted to do a 3.5 mile run next week in honor of my birthday, but I don't know if that's going to happen.  We'll see I guess.

Speaking of feet, I did forget to tell you guys about my Cyber Monday present to myself, a new pair of New Balance Minimus shoes.  My faithful pair of teal Minimus shoes that carried me through many training runs, a couple of half marathons and my marathon will now be retired as just a pair of kick around shoes.  The picture on the top right of that collage is the tread on my current shoes, vs my brand new pair on the left.  No wonder I have foot issues lol. They had a screaming deal on them, and I got a $110 pair for $79, plus free shipping!  I really love them although I know my aunt will say "Um, LSU colors!!" first thing.  (I went to SLU but their colors are green/gold, which is unfortunately the same color of the douchey Oregon Ducks so those colors are tainted now.)  My shoes came in over the weekend, and I am pretty excited to wear them (and honestly hope they help my foot).

Today's Activities:

30 Day Challenges (45 second plank, 80 second wall sit)
40 minute walk
SF Day 8

Today's Menu:

Breakfast:  Oat bran and an orange
Lunch:  Hummus, Laughing cow cheese, Dr. Kracker flatbread
Dinner: Chicken soup with Israeli cous cous

Musical Advent Day 8 - "Frosty the Snowman" by The Ronettes

Three things about Phil Spector are true:  1) He's batshit crazy, 2) his wigs defy logic and 3) he brought us some of the best music in existence.  Case in point, the Ronettes.  Ronnie Spector always manages to sing with such vulnerability and it's so endearing.  Much like Darlene Love, she's a goddess, that's just really all there is to say about it.


  1. Yay for new shoes! And LSU Colors make them even better! Phil Spector gives me the willies!

  2. Stupid douchey Oregon Ducks lol!

    Ugh, foot pain is no joke! Here's hoping it goes away on it's own!

  3. Guys and girls after doing all household chores or work of round the clock,get tired and mostly feels an ache in their feet.I suggest to use foot massage machine for getting relief from that pain and feel relaxed.

  4. a thick sole might not be as versatile , and offers a lot of support. If it's mire padding that may facilitate heel spurs. feet massager