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Listening to My Body

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Let's face it, no one gains weight because they listen to what their body needs. So, is it any surprise that I get almost frightened and confused when I try?

Yesterday, I awoke with sciatica down my left leg and into the foot. This is a chronic condition that is mostly controlled. Yesterday, it wasn't. By 9 am it was obvious I wouldn't be able to write anything sensible, I couldn't read the headlines of the newspaper.

At first, I tried to do what I always do and soldier through, making the situation worse. I could hear the tape in my head, "You have pilates and weight training. Can't miss them."

Then, something snapped. Literally, it was almost like feeling a spark ignite.

No, exercise could be there tomorrow. Today could become a rest day. It wasn't in the plan, but plans were made to be broken.

So, I crawled back to bed with all the meds I have for this and a heating pad.

After a while, I started craving food. I won't say I was hungry, 'cause that wasn't what it was. At least not a physical hunger.

Then I realized, I have always eaten when I was stuck in bed and could only listen to bad daytime TV.

Finally, something about the situation that was under my control. Just because I was in bed and hurting didn't mean I had to give up the power to make good food choices. It was enough that I would be getting only a minimal calorie burn by not moving at all.

About 5, I really craved something, so I cooked a mini bag of popcorn, which has 90 calories. Ended up throwing a lot out since it tasted so salty.

Good news? Today, the pain is at its usual manageable level and life can progress.
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    My big revelation is: "Pain sucks"

    Now that I got that off my chest 8-) I really wanted to say that you're so strong. Pain can so easily derail a person. Your body may be trying to challenge you physically but your mind is having none of that.

    2949 days ago
  • LICIA4608
    That was a very smart thing to do. You should be proud of yourself. We all need to listen to our bodies
    2950 days ago
    I'm glad you're doing better today. Way to stick to your goal, even when stuck in a "trigger"situation. That's always the hardest for me, too. Old habits are hard to escape, but you did it! emoticon

    I've noticed that I've become much more sensitive to salty and sweet tastes, now that I'm more careful about what I eat. It doesn't take as much to leave me feeling satisfied.
    2950 days ago
    Hi Carrie, long time no chat!

    I've had major problems with sciatica in the past year. I switched my desk/computer situation so that I work standing up and it has since disappeared completely. don't know if this would be helpful for you, but it might be worth a try....
    2950 days ago
    No wonder you're a winner. You have it all together even when you don't have it all together. You rock!
    2950 days ago
    Good job!

    I'm trying to negotiate also. I stayed up way too late Tuesday night and Wednesday noticed in the pool during my laps that I just didn't have it. So I actually stopped after 400m and got out.

    I can push myself today on the spin bike, after a good night's sleep and healthy eating.

    How about listening to music you like instead of watching TV when you're stuck in bed? I find that enormously comforting and it doesn't trigger me to eat. And my cats enjoy it because it often means patting and snuggling.

    I've also rediscovered baths this past weekend while I was recovering from my "episode." Kneipp makes some really nice herbal baths that don't leave residue and smell fantastic. I like the Melissa one and the Hops one especially. I set Pandora to streaming a combination of new age instrumental music and soak for a while. It really helps me deal with pain.

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    2950 days ago
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