I didn’t go to the gym today. I didn’t go because at 4:30 I got a text message from Shirley saying that she was going to skip the gym today because she didn’t get very much sleep last night. At first I was still going to go, then the motivation quickly died. I hate working out alone. I guess I feel like if I have to endure the torture, it’s nice to have someone there with me.

I had basically already decided I wasn’t going to the gym but while I was walking home from class I was trying to convince myself that I should. All the while my ankle was killing me! I’ve had achilles tendinitis in my left ankle since I was in high school. I remember a trip to Paris with my parents when I was 15 (actually exactly 7 years ago tomorrow, wow). We did a ton of walking and got lost quite a few times. All that walking was extremely painful on my ankle and I could barely stand it. I cried one night when we were lost and it was dark and late and I just couldn’t stand the pain anymore. I have extremely flat feet that role to the center when I stand. I’ve bought inserts a few times to put in my shoes, but eventually I just get lazy about it and either they wear out or I stop switching them into whatever pair of shoes I’m wearing. I’ve been to a podiatrist who wasn’t helpful and only spoke to my feet (yes, VERY weird), and I’ve bought sneakers made specifically for flat footed people.

I do have to admit though, I wear flip flops when I can, and puma sneakers when I go places. Very rarely do I wear running sneakers (only to the gym), and the boots that I wore all winter hardly have any support. It’s my own fault really, but it’s painful nonetheless.

This was a ridiculously pointless stroll down memory lane. The point was that every once in a while the pain comes back and I think because I’ve recently decided to stop being a lazy bum and actually exercise, my ankle doesn’t know what hit it. I also spent all day Friday walking around Detroit in Puma’s so that probably didn’t help either… 🙁

Anyway on a diet related note, I decided to track WW points today in addition to my normal tracking of calories. I am pleased to say that I ate 24 points worth today which is perfectly in my range. Here’s what I ate:

  • 1 c. Light Vanilla Soy Milk: 2 pts
  • 1 c. Multigrain Cheerios: 2pts


  • 1 light english muffin: 1pt
  • 1 Egg: 2 pts
  • 1 morningstar sausage patty: 2 pts
  • 1/8 c. of meijer mexican shredded cheese: 2 pts


  • Yoplait Whips! Lemon Merengue: 3 pts
  • 100 Calorie Right Bites (Fudge Shoppe Grasshopper): 1 pt


  • Healthy Choice Natural Entree (Pumpkin Squash Ravioli): 6 pts


  • Hershey’s 60 calorie stick :2 pts
  • Jell-O Sugar-free Pudding (Dark Chocolate Raspberry): 1 pt

In addition, I figured out how many calories I would have to burn through movement/exercise in order to lose 2 lbs a week. If I could stick to the 1200 calories per day that I have been doing (though I tend to go over around dinner time…grrr)

BMR: 1,561
Calories consumed per day: 1,200

((7000/5)+1200)-1561 = Calories I Need to Burn

I need to burn 1039 calories per day if I only exercise 5 days a week. If I exercise 7 days a week i need to burn 639 calories per day. That doesn’t seem bad at all. I try to exercise 5 days a week and I have to walk everywhere I go so I feel like 1000+ is do-able as long as I can stick to a low-calorie diet. Oh well, we’ll see.