Friday Fitness Diary: Weight Watchers, Plantar Fasciitis and Epic Fails All Around

OK, so maybe it wasn’t that bad. But it was a difficult week physically on many levels. Weight Watchers ended up not working out, I developed a pretty severe foot problem and I went to the South Carolina State Fair. All things that were not working in my favor…

Why I Like Weight Watchers
I was really worried Monday morning when I tried to calculate how many points a piece of pizza was. Christian and I made a barbecue chicken pizza Saturday (using my garlic basil pizza dough recipe), and because it’s so delicious and somewhat time-intensive, I made an extra pizza to eat for lunch this week. I cut it into six slices and stored it in the fridge, planning to eat two pieces for lunch Monday. Then I started adding up the calories. I used three cups of flour to make the pizza, so one cup was in every two slices. One cup of flour was eight points! That didn’t include the cheese, chicken or sauce that was on top. I finally realized that if I didn’t want to use up all my points by lunchtime, I could only eat one piece of pizza.

I was really disappointed. Because I love to eat.

I went home for lunch and heated up my meager piece of pizza. But as I ate, I really enjoyed it. And instead of a second piece of pizza, I had some grapes, which were a much more accomodating one point.

When lunch was over, I liked that I felt satisfied, but not stuffed. I liked that knowing how many points the pizza was pushed me to find something that was good for me and worth fewer points.

Why Weight Watchers Doesn’t Work For Me – At Least Not Right Now
The biggest issue is that I am not responsible for what I eat most of the time. I buy my own breakfast cereal (because no one else likes what I like) and sometimes I mention to my dad what I want for lunch, but especially at dinner, I’m not the one making it. One night this week my mom, who was really stressed because my dad was out of town, made lasagna. One cup was seven points, and she put at least a cup and a half on my plate. And two breadsticks. I couldn’t turn it down, and honestly, even when I ate it, I was still kind of hungry.

When I’m married and living on my own and I’m responsible for grocery shopping, I think that it will be much easier, and I’m looking forward to trying Weight Watchers again.

It’s Not From The High Heels
About two weeks ago, the area between my heels and the middle of my foot starting hurting a lot. It would hurt a lot in the mornings, and it would hurt when I first got up after sitting down for a long time. I thought it was from wearing high heels to work, so I started wearing flats. It still hurt. Finally, I did some research online and found a much more plausible explanation: plantar fasciitis. It doesn’t actually bother me when I’m running, but the more stress I put on my feet, the more they hurt when I’m not running. I worked out Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, but I took a break until today. I’m hoping to do some light stuff tomorrow and see if my feet start feeling any better over the weekend.

Fried Mushrooms, Elephant Ears and Sore Feet
Needless to say, after deciding against Weight Watchers, taking a break from exercising and finding out my feet have a real problem, I made probably the worst decision ever: going to the S.C. State Fair. Christian and I walked around for several hours, me in very uncomfortable shoes, and we ate approximately 8,000 calories worth of fried food. When we left, I wanted to throw up and my feet felt like they might fall off. However, fried chocolate chip cookie dough is delicious, in case you were wondering.

I’m not going to check in on last week’s goals, because it’s too depressing. Instead, I’m going to make some new goals for next week that are a little more manageable:

  • Exercise three times
  • Drink at least 6 glasses of water a day (I’m working up to eight)

Yep. That’s it. I hope I can come back next week with success stories instead of failures.

How was your week in terms of fitness?

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7 responses to “Friday Fitness Diary: Weight Watchers, Plantar Fasciitis and Epic Fails All Around

  1. I suppose I never really thought about the complications that would arise from living at home with good mom cooking and being unable to control what is served and how it is prepared. And yes, unfortunately, pizza is pretty high in the points category. That’s probably been the hardest part for me, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE pizza. I mean, I work at a pizza restaurant! I still eat it, just in moderation and I try to eat healthier the rest of the day. And everyone has days (or weeks) of epic fails. Yesterday, I went over my daily points by 17 extra points! And I could do nothing besides get up this morning and pray for grace to make healthier choices than I did yesterday.

    (I say all of this while I have chocolate cupcakes in the over that will be frosted with homemade peanut butter icing).

    I know this is getting long, but also wanted to say that my mom has plantar fasciitis as well. She eventually got a specialized orthopedic insert for her shoes, but before that, the doctor recommended New Balance shoes (they have the best arch support) and gave her a few stretching exercises for her feet. I don’t remember exactly what they were, but you could probably find something online. You can find pretty much anything online.

  2. Thanks for the encouragement, Mary Catherine. 🙂

    The article I linked to about plantar fasciitis says that more than 80% of people can cure it with stretching, so that’s what I’m doing right now. I just bought new shoes a month ago, so I hope I won’t have to get new ones, but it’s good to know New Balances are a good choice.

  3. I read the same article on AAFP and actually have an excerpt from it on my website. You would be amazed at how many people think they can cure plantar fasciitis by buying DVD’s or ebooks. They think there is some “magic” cure because they are to lazy to do the things they should be doing to address the issue such as stretching. Everywhere you search on the internet they tell you the same thing: STRETCH! if you go to a doctor of physical therapist they will tell you the same thing. The reason I posted the article on my site is because of the product I sell. We have sold thousands to people with plantar fasciitis and have had zero returns. It is a stretching aid thatis also used for sciatica pain, hamstring issues, etc.. It is also used in pysical therapy offices. It works and if you have p.f. it is well worth the time to check it out. StretchEZ.com I did not mean for this to be some type of spam comment post but over 2 million people are diagnosed each year with plantar fasciitis and many of them are getting ripped off by these people selling dvd’s and ebooks. Good luck everyone! Great blog Chelsey.

  4. Mark, thanks for the comment. Maybe if someone finds their way to my blog looking for more info on plantar fasciitis, they’ll find what they’re looking for in your product. Have a blessed day!

  5. 2 of the leading causes of plantar fasciitis are wearing shoes with little or no support, and being overweight. If you search for a shoe with good arch support and a soft heel, it will significantly reduce your pain. Check out this site. It offers a wide selection of shoes to deal with this exact problem.

  6. Thanks for this post! Keep up the hard work

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