Sunday, April 26, 2009
So I had another series of steroid injections this past Friday. This time we did both left and right sacroiliac joints, instead of just the left as usual. Once again, I amazed my specialist with just how crooked my pelvis gets because of my annoying and inoperable low back condition. I also learned that the pain I feel in the hip joints (as opposed to the bursitis pain) is a direct result of my body trying to compensate for the strain.
The theory is that having gritted my teeth through both the pain of having needles stuck into a very sensitive area, and the current pain while I wait for the steroids to actually kick in will result in less pain for a while... a few months, hopefully. Still, I really do need to get back into the pool and do my stretches/exercises. If I can manage some real core strengthening while I'm in a state of respite, it should slow the overall deterioration and make it easier to be more active.
Cross your fingers for me!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I have a problem when it comes to figuring out what to eat. If it's not staring me in the face, it may as well not exist. If it can't be made in under five minutes... well, it's probably a special occasion. Pathetic, I know, but realistic.
That said, I've finally come up with a "short list" of breakfast foods to alternate between, that are reasonably healthy, low-calorie, and low-fuss.
Low-sugar instant oatmeal, with fruit
Healthy cereal with skim milk
Scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast (liquid egg beaters make it even easier!)
Peanut butter & Sugar-Free Jelly on whole wheat toast with skim milk
Lean Pockets Eggs, Cheese, and Bacon w/ OJ or a smoothie
Breakfast sandwich (poached egg and english muffin) w/ OJ
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I just had one of those "aha!" moments during a random activity. I was playing a game online - one of those "hidden object" games, although this is a really tough one, where you don't have to find all the objects on the screen to go on with the game. Anyway, I had been averaging about 90 - 95% and was getting kind of down and thought, "Boy, I guess I'm just not very good at this game." (Yes - I know what you're thinking!) Then, out of nowhere, I thought, "Hey! By most standards, 90 - 95% is pretty darn good. In fact, if I stick with my diet/nutrition and exercise plans that much, I'll be doing really, really well!"
Looks like some of these articles I've been reading on SparkPeople must be sticking with me after all! Thank you, Dean Anderson! Thank you, all of you who have offered your support over the past months! I can do this. I WILL do this.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Weighed myself after physical therapy today... I'm down 15 pounds! I had to share my excitement with everyone else who was in the locker room. :) They were all really supportive, and I told them about SparkPeople. Spreading the Spark! Go me!
Friday, November 07, 2008
I decided to post this so I would remember it in times of need.
A couple of weeks ago, I began to really feel the weight coming off - feel it in my body, in the way I moved, in the way there was less pain, all sorts of subtle things. That was great, but oddly enough, that wasn't the real epiphany. You see, this past weekend, I went to a wedding somewhere warmer, slightly exotic, and full of free food, including seafood, which I adore. So I decided, since I was losing so much weight so quickly, that there was no harm in taking a weekend off from my "diet." Well, I certainly did. Between the free hot breakfast buffet at the hotel every morning, the deep-fried coconut shrimp at the beach, and the lavish spreads at both the rehearsal dinner and the wedding itself (no less than 6 different appetizers during the cocktail hour!), I ate my way through my vacation with glee.
So... what was the problem? The few pounds I might have gained back? Probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. The break in discipline? Well, I'm hardly surrounded by lavish buffets in my own kitchen. No... it was just this. Today, at some point when I was doing my physical therapy, I realized that I had lost that sense of physical ease I had gained. My knees no longer felt that slight relief from the all pounds I pile on them every day. And... I missed it. I wanted it back. I want more of that. I want back all the things being heavy - obese, to be honest - has taken away from me. Having a hard time fitting in the airplane seat and fastening the seat belt this weekend.
I could make a pretty long list, and maybe I should. Maybe even one thing a day... tack the list up on my wall as the start of my own personal vendetta against the prison of fat I created over the years. In any case, I do know one thing. Once I get there, I'm never coming back here. Never.
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