I have been neglecting the blog recently, and I apologize. Things have been crazy (I moved into a new apt, ’nuff said). And I’ll be honest: I was feeling uninspired. I started this blog in the hopes of writing mostly about running, and then BAM! Broken ankle. Figures.
Anyway, I’m turning that frown upside down. I went to the doctor last week, and I’m happy to report he is weaning me off the boot! Last week I was allowed to walk around the house without the boot. This week I can take the boot off at home and at work. Next week, I ditch the boot completely. Woo! Today is day two of a bootless work day, and I have noticed a few problems with my foot/ankle. In case you’re curious, this is what happens when you start walking after letting all muscles your atrophy:
- I cannot point my toes at all. As an ex-gymnast, this is a very strange phenomenon.
- The joint cracks constantly. And it hurts. But preventing it from cracking hurts more. Guess a lot of air built up my joints? PT friends, help me out here!
- The bottom of my foot is so stiff. It feels like one of those super thick rubber bands that have no give. You can imagine what walking looks/feels like.
- Swelling. Yup, still gets swollen at night. This does not bode well for all the physical activity I imagine myself doing.
I will obviously be doing physical therapy. Next appointment is at the end of the month, including x-rays to make sure everything healed properly. It will be a relief to be a) done with the boot and b) working with a PT to get myself active again. In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not doing so hot with this no-exercise thing.
I have continued to do my core work: a mix of planks (as possible), scissors, v-ups, bicycle crunches, and pushups. I am determined to to keep the rest of me strong so that when I start exercising my legs, I will be able to hit the ground running. Pun intended.
Since I last wrote, I’ve had a few great salads for lunch. Here is a sampling:
|Quick salad from Pret. Comes with tons of lettuce.|
|I used about 1/20th of this dressing. But it was yummy.|
I have not reached 100% success rate, but I’m getting much better at eating vegetables for lunch and bringing my own salads to work. I tend not to take photos because they are not nearly as pretty as the bought salads!
I will leave you with summer city scenes and a kitty pic.
Hope you are all having a good week!