Training hiccups happen to everyone and after some more appointments to try and get my hip and hip flexors sorted out I have been advised to step away from running until it’s sorted out. I have bursitis on my right hip and running is making it very angry. My RMT noticed that my left leg is about an inch shorter than my right, which is likely causing most of the grief. I have an appointment on Wednesday to see a Chiropractor and Thursday I see my Physiotherapist. Between those appointments and some follow up appointments with my RMT and Acupuncturist I am sure I will be back pounding the pavement in no time. I am trying to not get worked up about this hiccup as running is really my main cardio so I am trying to just relax and find other things to do in the meantime. Although my biking doesn’t hurt this injury I am wondering if incorporating biking into my routine has brought this issue to the forefront. I have been battling these issues for a while but it has never been to the point that it hurt while running this much so I am wondering with the addition of biking tightened up some muscles around my hip area which inadvertently made my hip flexors or IT band even tighter. For now I will increase my yoga and I will start swimming again Tuesday and Thursday mornings. I really enjoy swimming but I haven’t had time to incorporate it into my day so I guess with this injury it will at least allow me some pool time, but I will miss my running and it will super hard to not race in next VIRA series race this weekend at Royal Roads.
With the change to my workouts I went into my Weight Watchers setting and set myself back to “lose weight” from “maintenance”. All that means is my daily intake will be slightly less until I am burning more calories again. I also know that my Valentines weekend likely cost me a few pounds 🙂 so eating a bit less for the next couple weeks is probably a good plan anyway. I have been maintaining my goal weight of 174lbs but I do fluctuate between 173lbs to 176lbs with the reduced running over the past several weeks. I was most comfortable when I am sitting at 172lbs so that will be my goal over the next few weeks, to get down to that weight regardless of how much exercise I am doing. Once I am able to even run shorter distances again I will go back to maintenance.
It’s funny how our minds work, now that I am happily living within my goal weight, where your mind goes when you are not behaving. This past weekend, I had fully planned to eat a little differently than I do normally. This weekend was about getting away, having some fun and most importantly some alone time with my husband. With that it also meant some beers, wine and appies. I knew I would gain a couple pounds and I knew I would get it taken care of as soon as I get done my weekend. That doesn’t mean I didn’t wake up at 2:30am both mornings to go to the washroom and then lay in bed and ponder on what these two days of fun I was having would mean on the scale. So I made a deal with myself. Enjoy the moment; they are few and far between. Once home back to reality, no stepping on the scale until weigh in day, which is Friday. I am sticking to my plan and as blah as I felt yesterday when I got home and reflected on all those bad but yummy foods I had, I still look in the mirror and see the new skinny Robynne so it can’t be that bad. I had an amazing weekend and we are now back to reality and on track. This is what they call maintaining, sometimes it involves some scaling back to maintain but I can now allow myself those two days of fun because I know it’s not forever. This is life. 🙂