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Injured using the cross trainer

Written by Louise

I must be the only person in the world who can manage to injure themself using a cross trainer – and I didn’t even fall off!

I realised today that the reason my left foot and ankle haven’t been bothering me is because I’ve been taking ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory. I was painkiller free today – but did take half a caffeine tablet this morning – and my ankle has been stiff and a bit swollen all day. I stayed off the cross trainer this afternoon, and I’m going shopping tomorrow, so I’ll stay off it again, but it’s really annoying. Any time I can’t exercise, that’s the only thing I can think about doing.

It’s also possible that the shoes I’m using (support running shoes) might be wearing out. They haven’t been used much for running, but they’ve been used a lot for cycling and generally doing stuff around town. Aside from the obvious benefits of being able to exercise in any weather and being able to stop any time I like while I’m B12 and iron deficient, cross training was supposed to be better than running for 2 reasons:

  1. I wouldn’t get injured.
  2. I wouldn’t have to keep buying expensive support shoes.

Hmm …

The weather today has been grey and dreary, and it’s felt chilly, although I don’t think it’s actually been more than 1 or 2 degrees cooler than the last couple of days. I put washing on the line this morning, and spent most of the day watching for it to rain, although it never actually did. It’s just been one of those days when you feel like you’re waiting for the weather to actually do something, and the air’s been so damp that the washing didn’t even completely dry.

Weather 9th December 2015

There’s a bit of rain forecast for the weekend and into the beginning of next week, but it doesn’t look like it will come to much (if anything) at the moment.

Three days into the week, and I’ve had what will hopefully be my first – and not only – painkiller free day of the week. I have had a bit of a headache on and off, but only a slight one, and I’ve dealt with it by taking either B12 or folic acid. Preventing headaches really does seem to be about getting the balance of B12 and folic acid right.

Today’s supplements were the same as Sunday’s:

  • One Jarrow’s 5,000mcg methylB12 before breakfast
  • 4 Swanson 500mcg B12 capsules spread across the day
  • 2 Valupak 400mcg folic acid tablets with breakfast
  • 2 Quest One-a-Day multivitamins with lunch
  • 2 Incite 5,000IU D3 with lunch
  • One Jarrow MK7 90mcg K2 with lunch
  • 4 Health Aid 30mg iron bisglycinate, 2 first thing in the morning and 2 last thing before bed with some orange juice to help absorption
  • 3 Albion 125mg magnesium bisglycinate after supper

Cutting back on the B12 and folic acid a bit seems to be working for me, and I wonder if the problem might be the cyanoB12 in the Swanson capsules. When I do another Amazon order – I’ll need to get some more Jarrow’s and multivitamins soon – I might get some 1,000mcg Jarrow’s methylB12 to replace them. (The different types of B12 and their benefits are quite complicated, and there is a reason why cyano might not be the best option for me, but I think that deserves a post of its own, so keep a look out for it.)

I’m also seriously thinking about switching over to B12 injections. Although I’m obviously absorbing some of the B12 I’m taking, and it is making me feel better, I’ve been told I’d be better off using a third type (hydroxo) because of the carbon monoxide poisoning I suffered 6 years ago. It is possible to get hydroxo in sublinguals, but they’re expensive, so it would be more cost effective to buy it in injectable form. This has its own complications, however, because people do – very occasionally – react badly to injectable B12, so I can’t just go buying some and inject myself at home. I need to be in a safe place, like a doctor’s surgery, for the first one.

I remember when I was going through my David Eddings phase back in my teens, and one of his characters liked to use the phrase, “Nothing is ever easy.” I feel like that too sometimes.

No workout today, for previously stated reasons. Probably ate too much chocolate for someone who didn’t get any exercise, but never mind. The last of my milk chocolate is nearly gone, and I won’t be buying any more since milk chocolate isn’t vegan. I don’t think I’ll get through my 85% dark chocolate at quite the rate I’m getting through the milk at the moment.

(The ankles in the photo are not mine – mine’s nowhere near that bad. Apparently, it’s a ruptured achilles tendon, which is a useful reminder that ignoring injuries and hoping they’ll go away is never a good idea!)

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