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I realized that I needed to get serious about losing weight when I requested a written copy of my doctor's notes. I was planning to have a series of major spinal reconstruction surgeries. My doctor told me that he wasn't sure if he could do the third surgery because I have a lot of scars from previous surgeries on my abdomen. But, his written report indicated that my belly was just too big for the anterior portion of the surgery and that I was at a higher risk of complications from the other procedures because of my weight.

I read that report in December, 2006 and started tracking my calories. For the first couple of weeks, I just tracked what I was eating and drinking without making any changes. This helped me see that I did need to make some changes and it helped me see that I really needed to cut down on my beverage of choice -- Dr Pepper.

I was in a lot of pain from the problems with my back and had not been getting a lot of exercise. In fact, I had been riding a mobility scooter at work because we moved to a huge building. I started going to water aerobics and swimming every day. I worked out with Body Electric strength training videos on the weekends. I started taking my pain medication in the mornings and forcing myself to walk at work (about a mile a day!) Even so, I was in constant pain even when sleeping.

By the time I had surgery, I had lost 33 pounds and my doctor was very impressed. I think getting in shape will help me to recover much more quickly as well.

I had surgery for scoliosis back in 1973. At that time, they fused my spine and inserted 3 harrington rods -- one on each side of my spine and one through my pelvis. Now they have found out that this technique abnormally flattens the spine when viewed from the side and results in a great deal of sciatica-type pain and an inability to stand up straight.

The spinal reconstruction would normally take place in three phases. The first surgery required hammers, chisels, saws & drills to break up my old fusion and remove the old hardware. A week later, the surgeon cut wedges out of my spine, reshaped & refused it, and installed new hardware that screws into the pelvis and the bony parts that stick out from the spine. The third phase (if needed) will take place at some future date and will involve fusing the spine from the front and maybe adding a bone wedge or steel cage between two verterbrae.

The doctor says I have an 85% chance of having less pain once I heal from the surgeries. However, I will have more limitations and not be able to bend or twist. I am not supposed to do any exercise other than walking for the first six months.

It will take 5 years for the fusion to be solid. I am trying not to do anything that would jeopardize the healing process.

So far, at 9 months after surgery, I am pain-free and doing very well. I am walking every day and doing some pool exercises. I can also use 3 pound weights to work my arms as long as I do it while sitting, don't straighten my arms or lift them above my shoulders. I am very glad I had the surgery even though I am still learning to deal with the restrictions. Not being able to bend or lean forward isn't so bad, but it is a challenge to dance and keep my entire spine straight!

Member Since: 11/21/2006

Fitness Minutes: 26,941

My Goals:
I am hoping to significantly reduce my amount of body fat and build strong muscles and bones.

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I am tracking my food and I have cut down to 1 Dr Pepper per day and I am drinking water for the first time in my life!

I am walking every day before work and during my lunch break. After work, I go to water aerobics. I also do strength training within my doctor's guidelines.

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Reggae & Soca

I especially love Bahamian music

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