I'm really not sure what happened, or how I have gone 3 months without blogging.
In the last 3 months I have had some additional testing and found that my foot, while not broken, has a bit of arthritis. I asked the doctor if that meant I should quit running, to which he said, "No, the health of your heart is far more important than a bit of pain in your foot." He told me to keep doing what I've been doing, keep my heart healthy until I just can't handle the pain anymore. Once I get to that point, they will fuse the joint in my foot that has too much wiggle-room. In the meantime, I am going to be wearing a pretty heavy-duty brace to support my foot and ankle. In an effort to minimize the pain, I will be using KT Tape/Rock Tape, in addition to my ankle brace and after my long runs, I can take some heavy-duty pain medicine if I need to to minimize the pain.
I have also seen the two year anniversary of my weight loss surgery come and go. I am at this point still stable, and have been for a year, at between 172 and 178. I would still like to lose 30-40 more pounds though. My foot doctor says that doing so will minimize the pain and discomfort in my foot from running. Also, my primary care doctor says that he'd like to see me under 150. Sadly, even having lost 95 pounds, I'm still technically considered obese. In order to be considered just "overweight", I would need to get to 164, less than I weighed when I graduated high school.
I have been doing a great deal of research and everything seems to indicate that to get the scale moving down again, I need to up my cardio.
I also am honest enough to admit that I have gotten comfortable again and allowed myself to fall back into some not so productive habits, primarily, drinking sweet tea, coffee, and eating some carbs again. I know that I need to "re-set" my taste buds again to get out of these habits. I have some of my protein shakes I used to drink regularly, and I'm seriously considering going back to my "pre-operative diet" where I had protein shakes 2x/day, and a healthy dinner with protein and veggies. Once I've re-set myself, I'm seriously thinking of working on doing the "Whole 30" diet. I know that I need to get away from, and stay away from processed crp, and this seems like a decent way to get started down that path.
So--I'm going to be heading to the gym, and working my bootie off. I'm going to be on social media a whole lot less, and at the gym a whole lot more. I still have some big goals, and I'll reach them. It may take a bit longer and hurt a bit more, but I'll get there.
Raleigh, City of Oaks Half Marathon on November 1
May run the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon in March, 2016
Begin Marathon training April of 2016
Run Marine Corps Marathon, October 2015, raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis
If all that goes as planned, and I can get myself in good enough shape, I may tackle the biggest goal I've ever considered in 2017, and attempt the IronMan 70.3 in Raleigh, in June, 2017.
Big dreams require big plans and a TON of training...that doesn't happen sitting on my computer at night.
See ya out there running....