Sunday, December 13, 2009
Getting overweight and out of shape is a journey. Here is mine. Five years ago I was in great shape. I rode my bike on a wonderful trail often. I looked forward to my rides with the fresh air and oh the challenge of the hills! I logged over 100 miles a week. I did strength training at my local gym. I was eating healthy and I felt great. Except I started to have some pain in my knees, thighs and hips. I just thought that maybe I was overdoing it. We decided to relocate to another city. No more bike trail. There was a gym, and I worked out there. But for some reason I just stopped taking care of myself. I think I was not happy about my life situation. Instead of doing the things that could have gotten me through, I just quit them. I was really in trouble, but I didn't notice. No one else seems to notice those things either. When someone is doing really great and suddenly they begin to physically change for the worse it is a clear sign of distress. I started putting on weight and I had more pain-mostly in my lower back area. I went to a chiropractor who treated me for several months. This was not helping. Finally I went to my general practitioner who did x-rays. She told me I had degeneration in my spine, but mostly in my hips. I did some physical therapy, but the pain continued. I even lost about 18 pounds. Eventually I just gave that up too and gained back the weight. Eventually my life situation improved, but I was still stuck with my arthritis. Working out hurt, everything hurt. A few months ago I had depression and started anti-depressants and saw a therapist. We came to the conclusion that the biggest part of my depression was being in constant pain every day. I went back to my general practitioner and we came up with a plan for pain therapy. So she also told me about this website and I started exercising again. I want to get down to my previous weight and get back into shape. I know it will be painful, but I think in the long run weighing less will be better on my joints. I have seen an orthopedic surgeon and I will have to have hip replacement surgery. But I know I will recover faster if I am already healthy and in good shape. I just have to remember that I have to do maintenance on my body and my quality of life will improve. I have to take care of myself.