Sunday, February 2, 2014

Thankful for progress....

I'm counting my blessings with my friend Aurie...

I'm not going to lie.... I had a rough week.  This is typically my busiest time of year at work anyway... add on a few extra projects and I am a bit stressed.  It didn't help that I was let out of the immobilizer boot that I've been wearing for the past 10 weeks only to be in pain STILL!!!!  Granted not as much pain, but not as much better as one would hope to be after 10 weeks!

So I've had a short fuse this week, but it's getting better.  I'm thankful for the following things this week...

  • I was fitted for custom orthotics to hopefully ensure that once my foot is better... it doesn't flare up again!  And they are covered by my insurance!!!! 
  • I went to the local running store to be fitted for the right sneakers.  After explaining the situation they told me it would be best to wait until I had the orthotics to insure the proper fit.  Since I'm not sure how long they will take to be made and go through all the insurance approvals, etc. I decided to check out the sidewalk sale they were having.  The older models were 40% off, but if there was just one pair left of a style it was only $25.  I was determined to find something for $25 and as luck would have it... I found these (original price $120)!  After a week of wearing them... I'm super happy with my bargain.  I'm hopeful that my orthotics will fit in them, but if not... it was still a great buy.

  • I was prescribed a special type of physical therapy called Graston therapy, which is kind of like a massage with metal instruments.  It is strange, but is supposed to help with soft tissue injuries and I'm really up for trying anything that will make this go away for good.  I was super excited when I arrived at my first session and the woman at the check in desk told me I had NO COPAY!  Especially since I'm supposed to go 3 times per week.  On top of the therapy she has given me great stretching instructions and had me do a ton of exercises on Friday to build my strength and range of motion.  She even said she'll get me back to running!  I'm not about to jump right back into that since running is what started all of this, but I'm hopeful that she thinks she can get me that much better.  I'll just be excited to get back to Zumba!  I have class passes burning a hole in my pocket, but I'm trying to wait until I have worked my way through a few more weeks of physical therapy.  
  • I'm thankful that I have not gained back any of the weight that I worked so hard last year to lose despite not being able to exercise much at all.  And in fact.... since I've been cooking more at home and not eating out nearly as much... I've lost a couple additional pounds during my exercise hiatus.  
  • I'm thankful that my husband sensed how upset I was this week and had a super positive attitude (we're usually the other way around), but it made me realize how silly I was being and that I just needed to take a deep breath and realize that it will all be better in a few weeks.  
So this week I'll be working on keeping a more positive attitude and working hard in my 3 PT sessions to get this foot well enough to Zumba.