I saw the sports medicine doctors for my injury today. It does not appear to be a joint problem at all, based on the tests that they did. They think I strained my hamstring. That seems in line with the soreness I was having right before the injury -- if the muscle was already damaged, running on it made it worse.
Though the doctors did not mention it, I am conscious of the fact that running with extra weight on my body is not helping my situation. I also know that if I can't exercise the way I usually do, my food really has to be on point. After a lot of thinking about it, today I called my insurance company and signed up for Weight Watchers through them. Our plan allows us to buy the Monthly Pass at a special rate and then get a reimbursement for part of the fee if we attend a certain number of meetings in a three- or four-month period. It makes sense -- statistically, if they can get even some of their clients to lose weight, they will save a lot of money.
I was ready to do something today, so I checked into meetings and found one I could attend after work. I don't like weighing in at night, since the weight is always higher, but I thought I might find more kindred spirits in an after-work meeting than a morning meeting. I want a meeting where the other people work for a living too.
I really like the leader at the meeting I chose, so I will stick with it. She is funny and fresh without making everything all about her. She is sympathetic but also straightforward -- just what I need. It also turns out that one of my favorite coworkers, someone I don't see often, was there too for her first meeting. It will be fun to have someone I like at the meeting each week.
It turns out I haven't been to a meeting since 2011, so a lot has changed with the program. The center I visited is brand new, and has little privacy cubicles for weigh-ins -- no more having the whole world see your reaction. The computer screens have privacy screens so that no one can peek, too -- and the scale is set up so the weight readout is right in front of you as you weigh, so you don't have to get the receptionist's reaction before you know what your weight is. And now instead of flip charts for the meeting, there is an actual flat-panel computer display for the program -- no more clip art. All great changes. The center is brighter and nicely decorated, and I like the new color scheme and logos. Spring green seems to suggest new beginnings.
There are some nice changes to the program so far, too. Simply Filling seems a lot less restrictive than the Core program that used to make me homicidal. The program seems a lot more focused on helpful strategies instead of cutesy sayings and themes. Today's meeting was all about plateaus and the different reasons they might occur, and different ideas for dealing with them. Really helpful stuff.
I have today all tracked. I'm on target even without having planned to join Weight Watchers when I had breakfast. I feel really optimistic. My husband is on board -- he wants to lose too, and he's willing to help, knowing that when I'm on track, he loses weight too. He had a Points-friendly dinner waiting for me when I got home (I shopped, he cooked, nice division of labor!) and was willing to listen to me blather on about the program for a while.
I just need to keep a good attitude and remember that I can do this.