If you know me then you know that my life is very different now than it was 2 years ago…in a lot of ways.  Besides being a daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, and friend (which is a full-time job in and of itself), I am also a full-time employee, writing a book, Treasurer and Secretary of my neighborhood Homeowners Association, fundraising for three charities, completing numerous 5K’s throughout the year, and working on keeping healthy and improving my physical fitness daily.

I can easily say that some days I am strung a little too thin in a lot of areas.  A few weeks ago, my co-workers were laughing at me and commenting on how I have too many things going on all at once- I was contacting various people about the new playground installation for our neighborhood, working on my full-time job, selling Yankee Candle merchandise as a fundraiser for the Preeclampsia Foundation, organizing a fundraising night at a restaurant, helping to organize a friend’s birthday celebration, not to mention all of regular things that I had going at home- being a wife, mother, and carving out exercise time every night.

The day before Mother’s Day I woke up with a stomach virus that forced me to stay in the bed for three days.  On Tuesday, I was back to work and then it was my son’s turn to get sick.  Along with his stomach virus, he added a cold to the mix- which, of course, I got!

Last Friday, we finished the playground installation with 4 hours of mulch-spreading.  Saturday morning, we got up early and headed to Blackburn Park to volunteer for and participate in the Atlanta Promise Walk for Preeclampsia 5K.  Saturday, my husband got the stomach virus and cold.  Monday, I was back to work.

Tuesday evening, after going for a 3.87 mile walk, I came home and discovered a sharp stabbing pain in the top of my right foot.  With all of the craziness of the previous few weeks, I couldn’t remember doing anything that could have caused an injury to my foot.  I assumed it was a muscle cramp and continued on with my life for three days, before I decided to call for a doctor’s appointment.

Luckily, I located an office with an opening on Friday and went to check out my foot.  As the doctor looked at me, she noted out loud, “You are not going to be happy.”  I chuckled at her, because, let’s face it, since living through the week after my son’s birth, it takes a lot to really make me unhappy.

Well, she was right.  She told me that I had broken my big toe- AGAIN, for the second time in 2 months- and I had stressed a major tendon.  She said that the tendon needed time to heal and the only way to do that would be with an air cast boot for two to four weeks.  My first question was whether or not I could continue with my daily walks while wearing this boot.  It was the doctor’s turn to chuckle… she said, “No, not for at least 4 weeks.”  She said that I couldn’t even ride my bike since it would place a strain on my tendon.  The only exercises I could do are upper body and swimming.

So, here I am….sitting here in this heavy air cast boot and facing what has become my biggest fear since April 2010…inactivity.  Losing weight through physical activity and healthy eating has been a large focus in my life for a couple of years now.  Telling me that I cannot walk, run, or ride my bike for exercise for 4 weeks makes me feel like I am in jail and sends a panic through my brain…. panic that I will revert back to my lazy self…. panic that I will regain all of my weight.  PANIC!

While I know that this worry is unrealistic and I am armed with the skills to deal with this situation rationally, the panic still sits in the back of my brain.  This situation is not bad by any stretch of the imagination and could very easily be much worse.  It just takes me out of my norm and is forcing me to readjust and adapt to my new circumstances.  I plan to be in the pool many evenings after work and I am planning to use lots of non-weight bearing exercises to keep my physical fitness up.  PLUS, when all is said and done, I will have one STRONG right leg from hauling this heavy boot around!!

I made a promise to God on Friday.  I said, “God, from now on when you want me to slow down, just put a regular old STOP sign in my front yard and I promise to follow your directions.  Please do not feel like you have to send viruses, colds, broken bones, or the plague.  I will listen, I promise!!!”

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