Weekly Update (and more)

Wow! So sorry for the lack of posts over the past week. Since finding out about my injury, I took some time to reflect and figure out what really is the most important to me in my life and how exactly I want to spend my time in the future and right now. The first few days I definitely let my sadness get the best of me. I went over my macros most days (by a lot!) and gained a few pounds. I realized quickly though that just because I cannot work out at this point in time, that does not mean I should let the rest of me slack off and fall apart. I’ve worked so hard on my progress and in changing my body composition to give it all away in one week. So I got back on the wagon, bucked up a bit, and put my wallowing aside.

This weekend was also my sister’s bachelorette party and bridal shower. I did well the day of her bachelorette party (we went to a Pirate game and then out to dinner) but the day of her shower I tracked, but did not restrict myself at all. I had cake, a cupcake, and Mike and I even ordered pizza and wings for dinner. I gave myself that one day to enjoy myself and my family and I’m happy to report that it did not affect my progress. Well let’s get to it!

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Starting weight: 160 lbs
Last week’s weight: 144.6 lbs
This week’s weight (today): 144.2 lbs
Difference: -0.4 lbs

Current Macros:
Protein: 155 grams
Carbs: 160 grams
Fat: 40 grams
Fiber: 30-35 grams

Progress Pictures:
(Left is starting weight, right is today)

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So I can definitely tell this week that I am not as lean as previously in my midsection, but I am ok with that. Given everything that happened over the past 10 days, I am glad my weight has remained stable even while enjoying myself.

I talked with my coach at Working Against Gravity about everything that was going on and I cannot speak more about how supportive he was. He changed my macros completely, so that I eat the same amount everyday, but also made some cuts based upon my lack of exercise at this time. The reverse diet is still on, slowly but surely, so I’m excited to control and work towards that portion of my life. It definitely was an adjustment in the beginning as my macros were a bit lower, but now I’m embracing it knowing that they will be increased if I stick with them!

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My back has been touch and go for the past week, but yesterday for some reason and this morning, I am feeling amazing. Previously I wasn’t really able to even bend over and put my shoes on without severe pain, but yesterday and today I was able to bend over and put my shoes on without much discomfort at all. The pain has also decreased while at work (up and down with sitting) and getting into and out of the car; the times where I have the most amount of pain.

I got a copy of my prior X-Rays done 4 years ago, and it appears that I had the pars defect without an acute fracture at that time. I also did not have as much anterior slippage at that time. It was very minor. I sent the X-Rays to my doctor yesterday (thank you my UPMC for the online service) and am waiting to see what she says. I’m still on pretty much strict rest and only walking here and there. I’ve realized that my macros are set for very minimal physical activity so I’ve come to grips with the fact that at this point less is more in terms of activity and exercise. I’m not going to gain a ton of weight if I don’t walk or exercise and it’s better at this point to let the fracture heal completely so that I can get back to full exercise 100% healthy.

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I just wanted to thank you all for the kind and encouraging words following the post I wrote about my back injury. Like I said, I was wallowing initially and pretty upset and worried. Your kind words definitely picked me up and I appreciate them, whether you’re a friend or stranger. Thanks for reading. :)