I went out yesterday for what should have been a “easy” 6 miles. Even skipping my normal training in Vermont, these 6 miles shouldn’t have been that difficult. I was not in the mood to keep track of time, so I decided to just keep the pace slow and I would give myself a walk break every mile. Seemed like the way to go.
As you can see from the long red and orange line, even at these paces I was working hard. Harder than I feel that I should, but I imagine the paces don’t really tell it all as it evens out with the walking. Still need to work on it. Part of the problem is that in the 8 months since my surgery I have gained 10 pounds. I’ve never been what one would call petite. That being said, I had remained steady in my weight for many years. As I’ve blogged before in Laying It Out There even though the numbers never changed, I could tell that it was redistributing with added muscle. Sadly, I can not say that now.
Part of the weight gain I attribute to not exercising as much post surgery. Part of it might be from thyroid surgery while getting my levels correct. Part of it might be Christmas and winter coming during this non running time. While I don’t care about the extra weight per se, I do care that my clothes are not necessarily fitting the way that I like them. I also think this is part of why I am struggling a bit with my running. Yes, my legs are more sore than before, but that doesn’t account for all the heavy breathing.
Now is the what to do, what to do moment. I honestly and whole hardheartedly hate dieting. It’s not my thing baby.
That being said, I am creeping up to another big milestone that I do think I would be upset to hit as it would be how much I weighed when I was pregnant.
I know that with my hypoparathyroidism, I do need to do better with my diet. It might help with the muscle cramps and other issues. I have toyed with my diet for this reason, but never committed especially since I still think my parathyroid are going to bounce back and work properly. I keep waiting for the doctor to tell me they made a mistake. I know. I know. It’s a foolish pipe dream, but I still can’t fully admit that this is permanent and my life yet. It’s a work in progress.
So maybe it is past time to meet with the nutritionist that I called and never followed up with an appointment. Not for my clothes. Not for the way I look, but for my health as I really need to eat a diet with less salt and more calcium rich foods. There has been much discussion in my hypoparathyroid groups on what is a good diet and I really need to start paying attention. Also, I really need to figure out proper fully for runs.
So maybe I could turn this all around. You know make lemonade out of lemon kind of thing.
Moving forward is all you can do as sitting still is not an option.