Mamavation Monday: Week 9

So, appar­ent­ly you can ask two health pro­fes­sion­als the same ques­tion and get two com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent answers.  I guess I should­n’t be sur­prised, but I’m still frus­trat­ed.  For quite some time, I’ve been expe­ri­enc­ing the effects of hav­ing a pinched nerve in my foot.  Some­times it feels like a nerve sen­sa­tion through my toes.  Some­times it feels like there’s a rock in my shoe.  For a long time, I took my slip­per off sev­er­al times a day try­ing to fig­ure out where the rock was.  It aches most of the time, and I can feel the ball of tis­sue where it’s inflamed when I stand on a hard floor in bare feet.  So, I saw a podi­a­trist and a chi­ro­prac­tor.

On my orthotics:

Podi­a­trist says:  They’re fine.  Wear them all the time.
Chi­ro­prac­tor says:  They increase the force on my joints 5–7 times.  They also only sup­port the main arch allow­ing the oth­er two to remain col­lapsed.   When they are in my shoes, they are like walk­ing on a board that flex­es only in one place.  She can make me new ones if I’m inter­est­ed.

On treat­ing it:

Podi­a­trist says:  Cor­ti­sone shot or surgery.  He also says since I’m 31 he won’t tell me not to exer­cise so go about my exer­cise rou­tine like I nor­mal­ly would.
Chi­ro­prac­tor says:  There are a few stretch­es that can be done.  Use biofreeze before and after any­thing that might inflame the area. She says avoid things that are high impact and be care­ful with every­thing else.

On whether it can be resolved with­out an inva­sive treat­ment:

Podi­a­trist says:  Prob­a­bly not.
Chi­ro­prac­tor says:  It’s pos­si­ble.  The body some­times does what it does, and while it’s not like­ly some­times it does hap­pen.


So, I’m chew­ing that on this week.  Also, I real­ized that in order to get to the gym 12 times this month, start­ing last Mon­day, I real­ized I need­ed to go to the gym sev­en out of the last eight days of Feb­ru­ary.  So, since Mon­day, I’ve been to the gym and done 45–60 min­utes of car­dio every day except Sat­ur­day.  I’ve got­ten my water and fruit and veg­etable intake most days.  I fig­ured last week would be a great week.  Right?  Appar­ent­ly not great.  Meh.  I’m hop­ing my body and mind sync up soon.

Jonas is almost five months old now (in just over a week).  When the oth­er boys were this age, I was already below my pre-preg­nan­cy weight.  I had friends who strug­gled to lose the weight.  I encour­aged them to get their lifestyles ready for when the weight was ready to come off.  I sup­port­ed them.  I remind­ed them their babies were still young.  I meant all the things I was say­ing, but it’s a lot hard­er to be on the oth­er side of that coin.

Over the past week, I have done some­where around 300 min­utes of car­dio.  I’ve also had plen­ty of water and made pret­ty decent food choic­es.

Pre­vi­ous loss:  8.2 lbs

This week’s loss:  .6 lb gain (Boo-urns!!!)

Total loss:  7.6 lbs

Stay­ing focused on water intake, eat­ing fruit and veg­eta­bles, and get­ting exer­cise.


  1. Do you fol­low Julie’s Jour­ney on face­book? She is very pos­i­tive and works very hard to lose her weight through exer­cise and healthy eat­ing and is focused on health rather than weight loss (though that is the ulti­mate goal). She is in a slight­ly dif­fer­ent posi­tion as both her kids are a lit­tle old­er and she is work­ing with some more weight to lose, but her pos­i­tiv­i­ty and focus on health is great to see.

    As far as the doc­tors, I can pret­ty much promise you if you went to yet anoth­er one, they would have yet anoth­er opin­ion.

  2. I am not a fan of Chi­ro­prac­tors. I’m sure there are some very good ones out there but since I work in an ER, I have seen some very bad things that have result­ed from some slop­py work. Do you have a spe­cial­ty shoe store in your area? For exam­ple we have this shoe store
    and they have free foot screen­ings. They have done won­ders to help with my feet. But also, Earth Footwear has helped great­ly with my foot prob­lems. I have plan­tar fasci­tis. Earth is the brand I wear when my feet start to feel sore. I even use a pair of their flip flops as my slip­pers since most slip­pers are bad for our feet (no sup­port). Just a thought.
    Hope your foot is bet­ter soon and you can get back to Rockin’ it!

  3. Ugh. How frus­trat­ing! I’m so amazed that you got into the gym like that. If I’d have real­ized that, I’d have thrown my hands up in the air. Keep at it! The weight will come off!

  4. I would be more inclined to fol­low the advice of the chi­ro­prac­tor, but that’s also because I strong­ly believe in chi­ro­prac­tic care.

    As far as the weight gain, I would guess that some of that is mus­cle because of the increase in your work­outs. Way to go on almost 300 min­utes! That’s amaz­ing!

    You’re doing great, Casey. Part of this is a jour­ney of self-dis­cov­ery, what works for you and what does­n’t. Keep up the good work! I’m proud of you!

  5. 300 min of car­dio is sss­sooo cool. Hope you have a great week

  6. Unfor­tu­nate­ly those are two very dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines and approach­es to health. Each dis­ci­pline has their own set of tools to address a prob­lem. My MIL has a Mas­ters in Nurs­ing and likes to use the view, a sur­geon will want to open you up and explore because that is the tool set he is giv­en to treat a patient. Don’t be dis­cour­aged. What does your GP say?

    With each preg­nan­cy it can be hard­er to lose the weight. Don’t hold your­self to com­par­isons. Instead just focus on the small lifestyle changes and to be healthy. Have a great week!

  7. Jeez, what a pick­le with the dif­fer­ent opin­ions. 🙁
    Look at you go with the car­dio. And water. And fruits and veg­gies intake. Whew! You’re doing such a great job, keep it up!

  8. @Shannon- I had­n’t seen her FB page before, but I’m fol­low­ing it now.

    @Marie- Thanks for the sug­ges­tion on the spe­cial­ty shoe store. We don’t have any­thing like that where I live, but I’m sure if we went to vis­it my in-laws there would be one in their area. As far as chi­ro­prac­tors go, I think that there are peo­ple who are good and bad at what they do in every pro­fes­sion. I remem­ber in col­lege I had friends who said “C’s get degrees.” At the time it was fun­ny (?) but now I cer­tain­ly would­n’t want to be see­ing the sur­geon who got C’s if I could go to the one who got A’s. 🙂 My feet have so many prob­lems I’d prob­a­bly be bet­ter off get­ting rid of mine and start­ing new. Since I can’t do that I’ll just have to mud­dle through it one issue at a time.

    @Heather- I’m plan­ning to fol­low the chi­ro’s advice at this point. Basi­cal­ly, it seems like hers is a treatment/prevention plan and the podi­a­trist’s advice seems to be the last resort sort of plan. Noth­ing she said seems to be very rad­i­cal. It just seems like she believes that there might be some­thing that could help pri­or to cor­ti­sone and surgery where he thinks those are the only options.

    @Andrea- I haven’t talked to my fam­i­ly doc about this. I just went straight to the podi­a­trist since he is the one I saw years ago when I had foot issues before.

    Thanks every­one for the encour­age­ment. It means a lot.

  9. Wow, that’d be frus­trat­ing to get so vast­ly dif­fer­ent opin­ions! I saw your com­ment to the oth­ers and I think you’ve found a way to han­dle it. I’m impressed with your hard work this week. That’s some ded­i­ca­tion!!!! I’m sure you’ll see the num­bers on the scale start to decrease very soon with exer­cise stats such as yours. Keep up the great work!!!

  10. Time for a 3rd or 4th opin­ion? Sor­ry the foot is feel­ing no bueno. I hope you find a solu­tion that offers you relief soon. Until then focus on what you nour­ish your body with if your exer­cise is not where you want it to be. Also good luck giv­ing your­self a break. You are work­ing on PPW. You’ll get there.

  11. Good luck! Injuries are NO fun at all. I hope you get this all worked out and soon!

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