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How to Start Again?

Friday, March 27, 2009

This is the question I'm working on figuring out. I am 37 years old and recently found out the long term pain (like 5+ years) that I've been having in my back is, in fact, arthritis and a slighter herniated disc. I just finished my second round of steroids in about 2 months, which is making me wonder if that's why I gained 5 lbs, lost almost 5 lbs and have gained 5 again.

I started PT Wednesday and right now am only allowed to do back extensions walk flat surfaces, and living around a bunch of hills....well, that's just hard. :)

She said Monday we'd add some ab exercises in, but had to stop everything else that I do that makes my back feel better, ie: stretching, forward bends, etc. Sooo, I'm doing this PT, and getting about 2 walks in a week, sometimes 3. Trying to keep this part up and not give up altogether this time.

Now would really love to know what caused it, other than just that having 5 kids and carrying them around could have done it.

Keep on, keepin' on...

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    I've had 13 years of long term pain in my back from bulging discs and degenerative disc disease. The only thing that helps is when I keep moving. I go to a chiropractor regularly , do yoga (Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga), walk and am training for my 3rd 1/2 marathon in 12 months. I recently switched chiropractors and am so glad that I did. They combine adjustments with muscle stimulation (tens unit), stretching exercises and 10 minute massage. If you live anywhere close to Gallatin I'd be happy to give you his name! Taking a hot shower and then icing your back for 15 minutes after helps too.

Don't give up! You can do it! I know it's hard with kids - I have 2 myself ages 6 and 2 1/2. I've got the exercise down pat.....now if I could just control the eating part I'd be all set! LOL

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My Goals for January

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My main goal for January is to be more consistent. Consistency in everything--fitness, nutrition, and every other area of my life.

I am shooting for a 5 lb loss for the month, though, more would NOT be discouraged. emoticon

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KATRINIA17 1/4/2009 9:02PM

    Love the new picture!

I know what you mean, I need more consistency in my life and in everything! We can do it this year Carla!


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The Morning After

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

I had to stop exercising, except for stretching, for about a month, because the pain in my back and hip had increased so dramatically. Anything I did made it worse. After going for a few years with what a doctor told me was a pinched sciatic nerve, I found out a week ago that the vertebrae in my lower spine have collapsed and that's what's been causing the pain.

He put me on a week of anti-inflammatory meds and it is much better. SOOOO yesterday I decide to do a one mile "Walk Off The Weight"... Yeah, probably not the best idea. I'm back at square one, pain-wise.

So now my question is...is actual walking as stressful on the back as doing that DVD? I hate to walk in my neighborhood, but if it's what I have to do to lose any more weight....guess I'll have to?

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WORKMSS 12/30/2008 1:52PM

    I have back issues as well. At times when I workout I have to wear a back brace. Not pretty but effective. I'm not familiar with the walking video as I just go to the gym and grind it out on the treadmill. I have also walked in my neighborhood. I'd advise talking to your doctor about staying on the anti-inflammatory. If this is a permanent situation then you'll need to learn how to handle the pain. I don't want that to sound flip at all...I consider myself an expert(you know what I mean) in pain management. I've learned over the years to ignore it as much as possible. I could go on and on. Feel free to email me :)

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Running quotes--some funny, some serious

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.
- Charles Schulz

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
- Erma Bombeck

I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.
- Jesse Owens

You don't run against a bloody stop watch, do you hear? A runner runs against himself, against the best that's in him. Not against a dead thing of wheels and pulleys. That's the way to be great, running against yourself. Against all the rotten mess in the world

At the two-thirds mark [of a marathon], I think of those who are still with me. Who might make a break? Should I? Then I give it all I've got.
- Ibrahim Hussein

Running is like mouthwash; if you can feel the burn, it's working.
- Brian Tackett

When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there's not really a reason, it's just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got.
- Courtney Parsons

Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts.
- Steve Prefontaine

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming.
- Frank Shorter

Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder.
- William Sigei

I believe that the Good Lord gave us a finite number of heartbeats and I'm damned if I'm going to use up mine running up and down a street.
- Neil Armstrong

I don't think jogging is healthy, especially morning jogging. If morning joggers knew how tempting they looked to morning motorists, they would stay home and do sit-ups.
- Rita Rudner

It's unnatural for people to run around the city streets unless they are thieves or victims. It makes people nervous to see someone running. I know that when I see someone running on my street, my instincts tell me to let the dog go after him.
- Mike Royko

Taken from Joke of the Day

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SHOOTIN4STARS 11/27/2008 10:21AM

    Ha ha! I'm not a runner, but I enjoyed reading those quotes. Some were really funny!

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KATRINIA17 11/25/2008 11:18PM

    Some of these were funny, I really liked the last two. Others just inspired me to run. I totally miss it.

but I have to say thank you for the memories!


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AKASUPERMOM 11/24/2008 1:31PM

    I thought of you when I found them. I couldn't resist posting. Was just going to email them to you, then thought I'd post. emoticon

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STACEY-P 11/24/2008 1:23PM

    LOVE IT!!! Thanks for finding them...I like it. Especially since I am just getting started in the whole "running" thing.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I feel like all I do is write about what I plan on doing vs what I am doing. Between a couple of illnesses this past couple of weeks, I've regained the 10 lbs that I'd lost. Funny how quickly it comes back and how long it takes to lose it.

I'm trying to be positive. Other than that it's been a really great week around here. :) Kids are doing well...

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MRS1395 10/23/2008 7:51PM

    Being sick can really put a damper on things. Hang in there, you lost that ten you can do it again!!! emoticon

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CHICANA_PEACH 10/22/2008 10:56PM

    Oh, it happens! I bet you just have a lot of water weight going on too if you have been eating some sodium loaded foods. Be sure to drink extra water to flush all that out. Stay positive and get back on track. Sparkpeople is here for you :) You will be back on track before you know it.

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