Wednesday, February 26, 2014

88 Days to Go

I was going to title this differently, but let's be real here - I am working toward an end date and this will serve as a reminder of how little time I have.

So, how did this week go?  I know you've all been waiting with baited breath for the answer. (Ha!)

It went well.  Really well.

I am down 5 lbs from where I was last Monday when I started.  Yay for small wins.  I haven't taken any measurements yet and probably won't until the end of March when I take new progress photos.  I'm still not posting the before shots until I have something to compare.

My Unbreakable Rules have kept me right on track and I am feeling really good about my decision to use them.

I am eating really well.  I have been bringing my lunch everyday (except today, where I forgot to grab my prepared lunch out of the fridge - GAH!) and being much more choosy about my treats.  I only had candy once last week.  This is a HUGE thing for me.  Turning out the kitchen light has been really has having baby gifts to knit and a page-turner book to read.

I ran 37 slow kilometres last week and fit in one session of resistance training, some planks for core work and not nearly enough stretching. With the exception of Monday (Rest day) I managed to get in my 10,000 fitbit steps each day.

Unfortunately, I came to the realization last night that the shin pain I've been having is really likely shin splints from a combination of my calf muscles still being too tight after the hammock injury and from ramping my mileage too fast at the end of my training for hypo half.   My own stupid reality and I am going to have to slack off a little bit to help them heal.  I am planning to swap a couple of my runs for walks each week and see if that doesn't help until I can slowly turn them into runs again.  I will probably also add in some crosstraining on the bike to take the stress off.  I also ordered a shin wrap, since I find my calf sleeves are not enough, and hope that arrives quickly.

I am also starting to feel a bit run down.  Everyone around me has been sick ALL WINTER and I have been pretty remarkably healthy.  I am fighting something right now and am hoping to win again.  If it attacks my lungs, though (like it appears to be trying), my shins might get some extra rest.

So with 88 days to go - I am feeling really good about my start.  Wouldn't it be awesome if I ended up needing to buy all new swimsuits before I go?


  1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear your shin has been bugging you!! Try rolling your calves on a foam roller as well as rolling along side of the shin (gently).

    I am glad to hear that your unbreakable rules have helped you to see progress!

  2. Yeah shin splints are sucky. Definitely try the gentle rolling like Leana suggested, google shin splint exercises and stay stretched out as best you can. I love the idea of Unbreakable Rules, I’m so much more diligent when I have specific rules about what I can and cannot eat. Keep at it girl and you’ll be swimsuit shopping again in no time!

  3. boo to shin splints (And to trying to comment on my phone!). Yay to being diligent and focused on the good eating! Our weather is killing the ability to get outside. An that is sapping. Hope the cooties stay far away from you!!!! Trusssst me. NooooOne needs what hellish typhoid I am getting over! :-)


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