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Weight: 297 – Pounds left to lose: 137

Lost 1.5 pounds this week which is pretty good considering I didn’t walk at all. Our air conditioning broke right as summer started coming on. The exercise room gets hot enough when it’s cool. It’s an absolute bitch to try walking in there without any ventilation, so I decided not to. I also either irritated a nerve or strained a muscle in the back of my upper left leg, so I thought it was good to give that time to heal.

It also seems the plantar fasciitis in my right foot is making a comeback. Basically the plantar is a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. If you increase your activity level a lot, like I have, and you are overweight, like I am, you can cause little micro-tears in the plantar. You feel pain when you put weight on it in the morning or after a period of inactivity. After you’ve walked around on your plantar for awhile it stretches out and the pain goes away. All in all it’s a pretty minor annoyance.

After I developed it for the first time I didn’t even notice when it went away. I had gotten so used to the minor pain that I’d actually been able to ignore it. It’s possible I may have had this bout of plantar fasciitis for a couple days, but I’ve only just noticed it this morning.

The ravages of exercise on the body, eh?

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Kimberly • November 22, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Oh so that is what that pain is about! I never knew why my feet hurt when I hadn’t been moving recently.

And I, too, lost about 1.5 pounds (1.4) when I slacked on walking this past week. The body is a weird thing. I can never guess what it is going to do.


Ashley • December 11, 2008 at 4:19 pm

I feel a little silly leaving a comment about this so late, but I had a bout of plantar fascitis, but mine wasn’t minor, it was excruciating, and I could barely walk on it. But then I got some really good running shoes, and within a month, the pain was totally gone. It was like night and day! Interesting that yours was ignorable, I had been under the impression that it hurt like a bitch for everyone:P


anonymouse • April 20, 2011 at 2:03 pm

For future people who read this: plantar fasciitis can also be caused by your calf muscles being too tight (specifically your soleus, which is under your two larger calf muscles). To strech this muscle, make sure your knee is bent and pull your toes toward the ceiling.

Other than stretching, the best thing to ward off plantar fasciitis is to drink more water. Dehydration can lead to worse cases.


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