Redefining Lisa One Step at a Time

My journey to health and happiness

Plantar Fasciitis Contraption March 1, 2014


Here it is folks.  New contraption for my aching foot and heel. It is meant to keep my foot flexed in order to allow the foot to heal in a flexed as opposed to relaxed position which mimics walking.  You can read more about plantar fasciitis at many different websites, just google it. Basically it is a pain in the heel and bottom of the foot that is more intense when you are just getting up from sleeping or after sitting.   I’ve also tried to really limit, almost eliminate any type of cardio that impacts my foot and heel.  I am still trying to work through the Couch to 5K program, but am going slow, because it does cause some discomfort especially the day after, etc.  I am am supposed to wear this all night to sleep, but honestly I cannot find a way to get comfortable.   So I am trying to wear it when  I am sitting down during the day, after a workout, and I do try and wear it when I go to bed, but typically I wear it for a few hours and then take it off because it keeps waking me up.

Anyone else out out there have  plantar fasciitis? Anything you can recommend to help? Ever worn a contraption like this?  Something better? Worse? Talk to me!




Slowly but Surely February 8, 2014

Filed under: Healthy Living,Motivation,Personal — redefininglisa @ 1:45 pm
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Can I tell you, I hate scales.  Abhor them actually.  Yet, I am bound to them.  I try and not jump on daily, playing the game of dressing upstairs (my scale is downstairs), knowing I won’t step on while fully dressed.  Last week, the scale told me I was at my lowest number ever.  Happy dancing ensued! Then the next day without any changes in my behavior, exercise, etc. I stepped on once again, and low and behold, the scale jumped up about two pounds.  Growling and irritation ensued.


So now I ask…was the scale wrong? Tricking me? Playing a nasty game of “let’s make her feel good one day to only feel crappy the next”. Now I have played catch up all week no wake up today not yet back to the same number I was at last Saturday.

Why do I do this to myself? Why do those numbers mean so much to me? Why am i allowing the scale to run my life?

Ive ve read other bloggers who do not weigh themselves for months at a time, allowing the fit of clothes to be their tell, allowing themselves to NOT be held to a number.  I know I am not just a number, but that number motivates me, keeps me honest, shows the payoff for my hard work at the gym.  Honestly I feel like this time around it is slower losing the weight.  Maybe that is in my mind, maybe I started off higher than I was the last time, so that is affecting my mental outlook on this.  All I know is it is frustrating.


How often do you weigh yourself? How have you broken the cycle of being tied to a number?


One Step Forward…Two Steps Back… February 5, 2014

Filed under: Moving my Butt!,Personal — redefininglisa @ 7:00 am
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Heel pain sucks.  I have been upping my cardio and the result is….heel pain.  Otherwise known as plantar fasciitis.  I have tried stretching exercises, icing my heel after exercise, eliminating all impact cardio work, wearing my running shoes and orthopedic inserts, and having my chiropractor work on it when I am there.  My latest attempt at relief is Rock Tape.  After watching some videos, I taped my foot for added support.  It has helped a bit.

Rock Tape

Any other suggestions for plantar fasciitis?  Heel pain?  I really want to begin running again and I know that is not a good idea until I get this healed.

For those who are not sure of  what this is….here is a link to a description:

I will keep you posted, minor discouragement, but won’t keep me down.





Still Looking Out Over That Plateau January 6, 2012

  Forty minutes of cardio, 1300 calories for the day, and I wake up this morning and GAINED .2 pounds!!!!!  Seriously….why is my body rebelling against me????

I am following my Nutrisystem program as I should be, I am hitting the cardio and the strength training like I have been for months.  Yes, I am frustrated.  No, I am nowhere near giving up.  I feel too good.  I look too good.  I am too happy with my life right now that I can only begin to imagine what it will be once the remaining 65 pounds are off to ever even consider stopping now.

People have told me:

1.  You need to shock your system, go eat a cheeseburger.

2.  Change your exercise regimen.

3.  Eat different dinners for a week (not NS dinners)

4.  Be patient, your body is just readjusting itself.

By nature, I am not a patient person.  Not about really anything.  I like immediate gratification, and I like immediate results.  This is why NS has worked for me.  I mean 65 pounds in 5 months?!?!?!  That is insane!

As I leave you with the thought of putting my head in an oven, but then realized I had a great hair day and do not want to mess it up….I can assure you that I will get my butt outside after work today and run.  I can also assure you that I will continue to eat healthy and not jeopardize the hard work I have done.  However, I am right now pleading with my body to please just work with me here and let me lose a teeny tiny bit of weight (like that darn .2 I gained last night).

Pretty Please???


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