Fit Update: Week 7 (aka Know Your Limits)

February 25, 2013 by Michelle

I was so excited to write this week’s post.  I can feel such a difference and I’m so happy with what I’ve been doing.  At Friday’s cardio kickboxing class, we’d do a round on a bag, then run around the room twice, then another round and so forth.  When we were done, I was still perky, so the rest of the class dared me to keep running.  I did – and I finally stopped when everyone had out their Kettlebells and resistance bands for the next part of class… and I could have kept going.  I loved it!

The on Saturday, I became a moron.  And this is a story worth reading, whether you care about my fitness or not – because I need you to laugh at/with me or I’ll cry.

So this was my foot on Saturday morning:

Sprained foot Saturday

On Saturday, I was making chocolate stuffed bread.  The timer went off on the oven, and Mister Man asked me what the noise was.  I explained that I needed to take the bread out, and I stood up off the couch, where I’d been reading.  My leg and foot were completely asleep, but that’s not a big deal.  I figured that I had enough muscle memory to walk over to the oven rather than waiting the three to five minutes for my leg to fully wake up.  I don’t want my bread to burn after all!

And yes, I’ve done it before where I’ve walked with my leg partially asleep.  I won’t be doing it again.  As I started walking, I apparently didn’t lift up my foot on my second step.  However, I didn’t know this because I couldn’t feel my foot at the time.  As my leg moved forward and stepped, my foot simply rolled.  I heard some nasty-sounding noises and my foot was instantly on fire.

With my nine year old son at home, I took a deep breath and held it, doing the “ow ow ow ow” song in my head.  I managed to hobble and hop over to the oven where a child had conveniently left a chair.  I sank into the chair and opened the oven to remove the bread that had thankfully not burned while I was having my issues.  After recovering for a few minutes, I started to make my way back to the couch where I could put my foot up, using my counter and island to help me hop.

Before I’d gotten very far, Mister Man appeared with the walking stick his grandfather had given him for hiking.  I explained that the walking stick wasn’t quite stable enough for what I needed, but that I appreciated the thought.  He insisted that I lean on him for support as I made my way back to the couch, which was fun as I tried to figure out how to lean on him without toppling him over.

My very sweet son then insisted on getting me and ice pack wrapped in a towel – he was obviously worried about me.  I sent him upstairs for our tube of Arnica Gel (an amazing product and something you should have in your house at all times – and no, they didn’t pay me to say that).  I already had a golf ball lump on the side of my foot, which is when I took that first photo.

After icing and elevating my foot all day, it was still sore, but I knew I hadn’t broken it.  The repeated applications of arnica were helping with the swelling and the bruising, thankfully.  My husband insisted that I go to the hospital Saturday night with a friend, however, where we confirmed that it was a bad sprain of my foot but nothing was broken.  I got called a star patient because I didn’t complain about anything or ask for any medication.  Oh, and I knitted my first scarf while waiting.

Knitted scarf using chopsticks

So now I’m restricted.  I’m on crutches, and the ER doctor said I wouldn’t be healed for six weeks, which can’t be true.  All the RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), plus the arnica seem to be helping.  My foot today looks a whole lot better, especially the bruising (thank you, arnica), but it still hurts like the dickens.  I did go to my cardio kickboxing class this morning, but it wasn’t the same – for several reasons.  I obviously couldn’t kick anything, but even doing cross punches and others where I need to shift weight from one foot to the other and twist had to be modified.  I didn’t have anywhere near the same cardio workout, although my right calf and quad got quite the workout with my hopping from station to station and taking all my weight during all the exercises.

Recovering sprained foot

I’m going to try to go to class again tomorrow, but last week’s plan of going to the gym where I can do dancing for my exercise for the next two months?  I definitely have to reevaluate that.  I’m crushed because I feel like I came so far in my quest for fitness before this speed bump.

Fortunately, I still have a ray of sunlight.  I mentioned last week that I had some news to share.  I have been chosen as one of the Shaklee 180 bloggers.  For the next six months (starting March 1), I will be working with Shaklee in an effort to safely lose weight while keeping muscle.  Shaklee Corporation is the number 1 natural nutrition company in America, and I love that their products use non-GMO soy.  I was hoping that Shaklee was going to be the final key to unlock all my fitness goals, but with my injury, it’s going to be the backstop to help keep me from sliding – I hope!

Check in next week when I share my before photos and measurements.  I don’t need to lose a ton of weight, but it’s those last stubborn pounds that don’t want to go anywhere.  It’s the discipline of learning to eat the right proportions of food and losing weight with a program that is designed to help maintain muscle mass.  I have my fingers crossed that this will do it, and I can’t wait for you to join me on my journey over the next six months!

As always, I’m all about keeping you – and me! – accountable.  Link up below with your updates on how you’re keeping up with your goals and resolutions, whether they’re related to fitness or weight loss – or not!

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Shaklee 180 blogger, and I will be receiving free product,online support, and (potentially) incentives for participating. from Shaklee Corporation during my contract period.  I am not otherwise compensated.  All opinions remain my own.  People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2  pounds per week.


  • Kathleen

    Ouch, that is definitely painful looking. I would take some time off and rest it. You are right though, Shaklee is a bright ray of sunshine and I know it is going to help us kick these pounds to the curb!

    • Michelle

      I’m definitely resting it – lots of time up and resting, but it’s so frustrating that something so stupid is keeping me from doing what I want to do, you know?

  • kristin

    OUCH! Rest up so we can all start March 1st with #Shakelee180

    You can still do your upper body exercises too while you rest that ankle. 🙂

    • Michelle

      I am definitely doing upper body (and abs) still. We won’t talk about the weighted ball I dropped on my foot today though 😉 My foot just wasn’t where I expected it to be. Oops.

  • Jaime Nicole

    Ouch, girl! That’s awesome you’re still doing your upper body workout! I’m doing Shaklee with you and I can’t wait to get to know you better!

    • Michelle

      I can’t wait to get to you know – and all the Shaklee bloggers – better, too. This is going to be such an amazing and supported journey. I can’t wait to get started.

  • Paula @ Frosted Fingers

    That looks horrible! Take it easy so you don’t injure it more!

    • Michelle

      It looks better today after the ball incident 😉 I’m definitely taking it easy compared to normal, but it’s so frustrating!

  • Holly

    OUCH! Man thats a good way to remind me not to try the hobbly steps on a foot that is asleep cause I have been known to do it too. But YEAH on keeping the ray of light with Shaklee180!

    • Michelle

      I’ve done it before and not had an issue. I suppose this is how people learn their lessons though, right? I can’t WAIT for my ray of light to arrive. And not only because I shot a vlog today and went “wow, I look puffy” 🙂

  • Pat

    I’m late to the party, but I still feel your pain! My injured right foot is still a tad swollen, but not hurting much…I dropped a 5-pound block of ice (Igloo Freezer Pack)…on it. I really hope your foot heals in sooner than 6 weeks. It’s interesting all the colors you see in the bruising as the blood sinks to the lower parts of your foot. Get well soon!

  • Pat

    I’m late to the party, but I still feel your pain! I’ve walked on an “asleep” foot before and was lucky not to twist it, but I won’t do that again after reading this post! My foot is still a bit swollen from dropping the 5-pound Igloo Freezer Pack on it, but it doesn’t hurt much any more. It’s interesting to see all the colors in the bruise as it progresses and the blood gradually moves down to the lower parts of your foot. I certainly hope your foot is healed in less than 6 weeks! Get well soon.

  • Cassidy

    I just messed up my foot on my trampoline and now I’m looking stuff up lol!!

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