Getting Back on Track #sol18

I’ve gained 5 pounds (1.8 kg) since January.

Is this a setback? Yes. Is it the end of the world? Definitely not!

Today at the gym was the first day I’ve really been able to work out for the better part of three months, and while I was rusty, it felt good!

Back in mid-July, when I moved to Jakarta, I set a goal to change my lifestyle. I began working out almost daily, which was a huge change from the working out almost never that I’d been accustomed to for a long while. While I didn’t go on a diet (because I always fail diets), I did start slowly eating much better, cutting out most sugars, drinking mostly water, and eating more fresh fruits and veggies (as a vegetarian, this one was easy). Another change I made was keeping a food and exercise journal. While I didn’t care if I ate “something bad” every once in a while, I found that writing it down somehow made me more accountable to myself, and as a result, I saw positive changes in what I ate.

Since my arrival, I’ve weighed myself around the 15th of every month and recorded my weight in my journal. In the past, I’ve been really caught up on weight, so I tried to limit my weigh-ins to once a month. I mostly succeeded at this goal. From July to December, I managed to lose 20 pounds. While I was proud of myself for losing the weight, I was even prouder of the non-scale victories I experienced. I found that I actually enjoyed working out (well, most of the time). I was getting stronger, and could see tiny muscles beginning to show. My clothes fit better, and I even had to take them in and buy smaller sizes. I had more stamina and didn’t lose my breath as often when climbing stairs or doing cardio. And the biggest one– I felt happier and had more energy.

However, I hit a snag in December. After traveling home for Christmas, I was put in a boot for about 2 weeks (pain in my ankle led the doctor to think I had broken my leg) and told I couldn’t work out. After I was out of the boot, I was still traveling, and working out was difficult (I didn’t make it a priority). And let’s not forget the holiday and travel food I was eating…a definite deviation from my norm! When I got back to Jakarta, I started back at the gym, but about 2 weeks after being back, I fell and sprained my ankle and was once again in a boot, only this time I had to wear it 24/7! The doctor told me no working out until I was healed. And even then, I would need to take it slow. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.

Feeling sorry for myself, in a lot of pain, and unable to do much, I became very sedentary. I also turned to foot for comfort, eating more heavy foods laden with carbs, sugar, and fat. I stopped keeping track of my food in my journal. I began drinking tea and sugary drinks again. While I worked out with my trainer a handful of times in the boot, it just wasn’t the same. I was unable to do any cardio, and everything I did do had to be modified. What was the point?

Back to today. After walking without my boot for the past week and experiencing little pain, I decided to ease back into it by hitting the gym today. I worked out with my trainer for 30 minutes, and boy was it hard! But I didn’t whine and I didn’t give up. I even got to do some cardio for the first time in 8 weeks! The rowing machine is one of my favorite things to do at the gym (I’m not a treadmill fan at all!), but I’ve been hesitant to start again because of my ankle. I set a goal of 10 minutes. I managed to make it to 18 and a half before my ankle started to hurt a bit. Not wanting to push it too far, I stopped.

There was a spring in my step as I left the gym today. The old me is coming back and she’s not gonna let a little setback stop her!

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28 thoughts on “Getting Back on Track #sol18

  1. Elisabeth Ellington

    I really enjoyed reading this post! I could relate in so many ways. It’s so frustrating to have an injury that derails your exercise plans. As with writing, I find it far easier to stay motivated and keep up a habit if I do it every day. I feel like it doesn’t entirely make sense that it’s easier for me to work out 7 days a week than 3–but it is.

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    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Yes! I totally agree! The sol challenge is so easy in comparison to the months that follow. Having an agreement with yourself that you’re gonna do this everyday no matter what makes you do it. 😊

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  2. elsie

    I hope you will be able to continue as long as your previous injuries will let you. How awesome is it that you lost so much weight! Yes, writing down every bite does make one pause about putting it in the mouth. A minute on the lips, forever on the hips was a phrase attached to the back of the bathroom door at school. Make one think, doesn’t it? Hang in there, you will get back in the routine and hopefully I will too.

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  3. Connie Lindsey

    I admire your determination and realistic approach to healthier living. Working out is hard, but changing our diets even a little can be harder, especially around friends. Good for you keeping a workout diary. I have to do the same thing or I find all kinds of excuses for not walking, rowing, etc. I also read the Well blog on the New York Times for inspiration. https://www.nytimes.com/section/well
    Keep up the good fight!

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  4. karpenglish

    Yay, you! It is so hard to get back into the swing of exercise and working out after an injury, and it is so hard to be injured without gaining some pounds. That is demoralizing after all your efforts resulted in losing 20! I got a bike desk as a Christmas present, and I can pedal while I work on my computer. I’ve had enough PT to know that I am allowed low resistance stationary bike time even when my knee or ankle are having bad days or weeks. I was doing every day until I was knocked out by the flu,and I am working my way back up to that. The slow balance between not overdoing it and not letting inertia and a thousand other tasks stop me! My weight is slowly going down too!

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    1. aggiekesler Post author

      It definitely is hard! Yeah, it’s hard to have lost so much and gained some back, but I didn’t gain it all back, so that’s a plus! The bike desk idea sounds really neat! I’ll have to look into that.

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      1. karpenglish

        I do love the bike desk! In a classroom, I rarely sat down, but with my online job, I am chained to a computer, and exercise became this juggling of choices- exercise or work, exercise or have a few minutes of free time, etc. Now that I can work WHILE exercising, it is pretty exciting! Except not today, because I feel crummy. 😀

    1. aggiekesler Post author

      Thank you! It is harder to get started, but I know once I do, I’ll get back on track. Just wish you could speed past the ‘this is hard’ part. Lol

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