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Back pain = no exercise

Thursday, September 27, 2012

This is a first for me - back pain. Never had any idea what it would feel like to have a low back injury and now I have tons of respect for those that live with chronic back problems. It started on Saturday after returning from San Antonio - a 4 hour drive. Maybe sitting in the car that long caused it - but I really have no idea. It became progressively worse until I went out for a jog and got just about 3 steps before giving up. I got almost no sleep last night or the night before being unable to get comfortable even with prescription pain meds left over from a recent finger injury.

My focus the last few days has been on pain management - got lots of practice. It was hard though. Today things seem to be improving and I have an appt with my doctor in the morning. I cut back on food a bit due to less exercise and tried to stay at the lower end of my range. Now to give it another day or so of rest, see what the doctor says and hopefully start back into my normal life this weekend.

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CHRIS3874 9/27/2012 9:23PM

    I have had back pain from injuries and or car accidents etc. No surgery thank God. Have you been to your doctor yet? I have been put on muscle relaxants in the past and also pain medication. Do you have a heating pad or a magic bag? I guess I have been lucky that I have not had to have surgery of any kind. Generally its better to exercise than to do nothing. Best of luck .

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DEEJON123 9/27/2012 9:22PM


The back thing, been there, done that, ain't never going back there again ....... well, I hope anyway!

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ORANGE81 9/27/2012 7:54PM

    I hear your pain. I have had 2 surgeries in the last year. No one believes that I can take 2 hdro10's and still feel the pain. I hope that you feel better and dont push it. It's hard to do but it helps! I can not sit more than 30 minutes, And here's to natural child birth which was easier than a bad back. At least you ate less but the last surgery I had I went up the scale now I am taking extra weight off. I really will say a prayer and I wouldn't wish this pain on my worst enemy as they say!!!!!!

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NESARIAN 9/27/2012 7:37PM

    Oh no! Back pain is not fun. So sorry. I hope you begin PT soon and heal well. when do you see the doctor? Gosh buddy, I will be sending healing blessings your way. Ice or 2 pound bags of frozen peas really help. Soaking in hot baths with Epsom Salts helps also. I had a work related spinal injury almost 20 years ago. I would rather give natural childbirth daily than to experience that pain again! hugs to you!

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LYNNA1968 9/27/2012 7:18PM

    Feel better, back pain is one of the worst! Nothing is comfortable. I've had surgery & still hurt my back. Take it easy & don't push to hard.

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What a weekend - fun, food, food, food

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I was doing so well last week - 2 pounds lost, which is quite a miracle for me, feeling good, on track with Sparkstreaks, tons of water, running 3 times a week.... then Friday happened - and I apparently left the planet for about 24 hours. My daughter had a friend sleep over and we went out to eat then to Main Event for some bowling and fun. So at dinner I ordered a salad with no dressing. It came with dressing - but I was not that hungry so had a few bites and all was good. Then my husband - clearly not understanding the essentials of being a supportive spouse - ordered a massive platter of onion rings for the entire table. WHAT? So, naturally, before I even thought about it I had one whereupon my brain shut of. That was it - 9 onion rings later I started thinking again and realized what I had done. Ugh! So, one little slip up - no biggie I can handle this. Saturday morning I was back on track - suited up to run, little girls sleeping, had my oatmeal and non-fat latte... then they woke up. Pancakes, they both begged - with Bacon!!!! So, I made homemade pancakes and prepared about 6 slices of bacon - just enough for the 10 year olds, not enough to share with Mommy and Daddy. Perfect. But then there was just a little batter left ... just enough for a small pancake. Apparently my alter ego took over again and my real brain left the building. I was already done with breakfast! But I went through the motions of a 1/3 cup pancake... manageable. But then we had REAL Vermont maple syrup on the table --- two tablespoons is way to much for one little pancake. So I had another because the girls had not gotten to the bottom of the serving stack yet. And then they both only ate two pieces of bacon... well you can see what happened next. Oh well. No lunch for me! I never did run - other than errands all day. Then for dinner - our daughter was off to a sleepover and my husband arranged for a celebratory dinner... to congratulate me for my recent promotion. Lovely restaurant - ordered sea bass. All is good - but half a bottle of wine and a full bread basket later and I've now eaten a 2,000 calorie dinner.

Now it's Sunday and I am present and accounting for my last 30 hours and realizing a few things. First, I can't eat just one of anything decadent. As soon as I have one really unhealthy item my brain shuts off and I go into insta-binge mode. Second, that really these food items did not make my life any better.... the white bread from dinner was not all that satisfying. OK, the real maple syrup was probably worth it, but otherwise, my life is not better nor am I a happier person for indulging, rather, I am now regretting it and wondering how many days of careful eating and exercise it will take to make up for my little binge .... now to refocus and not let this become a permanent derailing of my efforts!

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GSEATON 9/17/2012 2:56PM

    BLMHOUSTON! Your weekend sounded MUCH like mine, lol! Birthday potluck last night (turning 50 in 2 days, ughhh!) and cake, cake, CAKE!!!!! Hang in there!~ Your post made me laugh and totally understand!


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EDELWEISS33 9/16/2012 9:05PM

    yes, now that you're documenting things, you can get a handle on it. I binge eat too. but I am figuring it out.

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Water, Water Everywhere

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Water - I finally get it. I always dismissed the "8 glasses of water a day" thing. Maybe it was a form of denial - I'd say things to myself like: "Yes, water is good but I drink enough" (about 4 8oz glasses per day) or "There's really no need to drink the full 8, etc." So, I created a new goal on SparkPeople to drink 8 glasses of water per day and started tracking. First week - not so much. Then I decided to give it a try. I have now reached a streak of 4 days drinking 8 glasses and I'm finding it to be very helpful in curbing my afternoon post-work snack and also in managing late night obsessive snacking. I find I have to stay on top of it - and ensure I'm making good progress - kinda foolish to drink 64 oz right before bed because you forgot earlier in the day! And I have to be aware of long meetings at work - people wonder about you if you take a bio break too often! But generally - this water thing is pretty magical. Now if I could just loose a pound....

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MELLIE1030 9/12/2012 7:37PM

    I love drinking water, but i try not to do a lot of drinking befor bedtime.

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CNAGELKIRK 9/12/2012 7:29PM

    You sound just like me. I did the drank too much before bed one night, I was up every hour. Drinking 8 glasses a day is a struggle for me too. I have noticed now that I am drinking more water I sweat when I work out like there is no tomorrow. Keep up the good work.

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Depressed but still have hope

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

So I have not excelled at the Spark People program but have done OK - stayed within calorie counts and met planned exercise calories for the week - and I gained a pound. As I stepped on the scale this morning I was so hopeful - just a pound or even half a pound would be so awesome and rewarding. But no, one pound up. My heart sank... propped myself back up and recommitted, but still, why is this so hard? I guess I'll focus on staying at the lower end of my calorie limit and keep exercising but I have to admit I feel defeated.

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TIFFANYACHING 9/11/2012 8:22AM

    Welcome! Don't worry if it takes a little while before you lose weight. As NP said, it will happen! Well done on starting, although I'm a newbie to SP I've already found the community supportive and encouraging. There are some great resources here, I'm discovering something new every day, check out the articles there will be some that shed light on this for you. Good luck!


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NP2012 9/11/2012 7:45AM

  You're not alone. Keep on pluggin. Sometimes our bodies just wanna hang on to those pounds. Don't give up! If you enter your calories daily accurately and exercise when you can, it will happen. emoticon

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