Good morning pumpkins!
As of lately my workouts have been slacking to say the least. My plantar fasciitis has been terrible – running has changed into walking which has changed into barely walking anymore than I need to, I only lift when I have time – which isn’t often, and swimming has also been put on the back burner because the outdoor pool is in a bubble.
The only problem I have with the bubble is that the changing rooms aren’t really heated. So once I’m out of the pool I’m just cold until I get to my car and hope my heater warms me up quickly.
Insert my one downfall: Raynaud’s Phenomenon
Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition in which cold weather/strong emotions causes your blood vessels to spasm and block blood flow to ears, nose, toes, and fingers. (source)
I experience this a few times a week. Select fingers or toes go white, get cold, and lose sensation. For example, I can tell when I’m outside walking and I lose feeling in my pinky toe or the top half of my big toe. Sometimes if I grab a cold can of soda the top half of my middle finger goes completely numb – except it aches. It’s just a weird feeling.
At first, we didn’t think much of it because it’s been happening rarely for years (It wasn’t consistent enough to be a problem). Last winter it became really bad and I saw a podiatrist who diagnosed me with Raynaud’s. The reason it flared up last winter was probably because of the decline in weight. Low weight = poor circulation. My body wasn’t worried about keeping my toes and fingers warm, it wants to keep my core body temperature warm.
It’s not a serious problem but it’s really annoying and can be uncomfortable. It’s almost like a dull achy pain. Yesterday I went swimming and was trying to get from land to pool as quickly as possible so my toes wouldn’t spasm out. I wasn’t quick enough and swam with 2 toes completely numb for a good 10 minutes. The cold weather we are having has made it act up a few times but nothing compared to last winter (so far!)
So how do I fix this problem? I don’t. I own 3 pairs of uggs, more mismatching gloves than you can imagine, and always make sure I have big wooly socks close by.
Oh, I also eat lots of warm pumpkin oatmeal smothered in peanut butter (chocolate pb is hidden due to massive cottage cheese) to help increase that blood flow
Any weird problems you may have?
Suggestions on how to cope with plantar fasciitis? I already have custom orthotics and I use a golf ball every night but it’s getting worse !
What did you do over the weekend?!