Ah....my ankles are back online. YES! I went out intending to walk my regular route in my Vibrams, but I thought, "hey, let's just see what it feels like to run" so I did. And although I felt a little tiny bit of strain, it was not pain and certainly not the feeling I had before where every step was painful. Although, I did not run my entire route, I ran most of it and that makes me feel very accomplished.
I'm starting to notice the composition of my legs change from fleshy and loose to muscular and tight(er). I have more work to do, obviously, but seeing some results is great. What I'm really noticing is that my skin is so clear and smooth. It must be all the sweat pouring out (I know, gross!) and all the water I've been drinking. The biggest and best thing, though, is how this process is making me feel physically and mentally. Although I don't expect that I will never have anxiety ever again, working out consistently and making healthier choices in food is really helping keep the anxiety at bay.
Tonight, Dana and I are going out to dinner at a pub which means that the healthiest food will not be served, but I've eaten well today, so even if a cheeseburger gets into my hands, it will be okay. I won't have any drinks and I'll have water. It's all about finding balance and little by little I am finding it.