Day 26

I’m not going to try to sound like a downer in this post but I have had one very long, rough, stressful, and exhausting day.  I worked all 3 of my part-time jobs within 10 hours.  I went from one job to the next.  On top of that, I did not get up early enough to work out.  However, I still stuck to my diet.

As the day went on, I started to develop a small limp.  My legs are sore from working out and my new Vibram FiveFingers shoes.  Now I know why it is recommended to start slow because it takes a lot of getting used to.  I didn’t read over these tips before I started using the shoes…

Some transitioning tips:

  • Run no more than 10% of your typical running distance for the first 2–3 weeks
  • After 2–3 weeks, gradually increase mileage by 10%–20% every couple of weeks
  • If you ever start to feel pain during a run, stop! You can always try again in a couple of days
  • Never run 2 days in a row for the first month
  • Stretch before and after each run, focusing on calves and feet, because Vibram FiveFingers running will stimulate these muscles
  • If, after several weeks of training, you are consistently very sore, you need to rest and back-off on your mileage

I thought since I’m always barefoot or in socks at home, I would be able to transition easier and faster.  I thought wrong and I’m a little stubborn.  So now I have really bad shin splints.  I read more tips that I found on a website dedicated for avid users Vibram FiveFingers at  They feel amazing when I am working out but I’m going to follow all of the tips and take it easy for the next week or so.

By the time I got home from work, I was mentally and physically exhausted.  I was planning on working out for a little bit as soon as I got home but a friend of mine said I need to take a day off to let my muscles heal.  Even if I did work out, I would be too sore to do anything tonight.  MyFitnessPal keeps track not only of my food, but also my exercise.  I looked back to see when the last time I took a day off from working out and that was on Friday, January 14th…2 weeks ago.  I took it easy on a couple of days in between but I still did some type of exercise.

I mentioned in yesterday’s blog that I’m not pushing myself to hard so I take that back now.  I should’ve known better that I should take a rest day here and there since I was an athlete.  This is a learning experience for me and I’m going to learn from whatever mistakes I make along the way…in my weight loss journey and in life.

Today was just a small bump in the road and I’m going to stay positive and shake it off.  I know I’ll feel better in the morning.  I plan on working out before I work and of course, I’m going to take it slow with my new shoes.

Goal = 1400
Food =1206
Exercise = 0 (Rest Day)
Net = 1206
Remaining = 194

Day 26 down, 339 days to go
21 pounds lost since 1/3/2011