Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Well, I was a week early on the 5% challenge. But I guess that it's not a bad thing to lose a pound or two this week before it officially starts. Can't really complain about that!
I've been pretty good about eating for the past several days. I hope that's a sign that the challenge will do me good. On the other hand, I haven't exercised. That's gotta change. I did do ST last Thursday, and ran 30 minutes.
Finally went to the chiropractor about my upper back pain. As I suspected, the x-rays showed degenerating disks from the neck down, and a kink in my spine just around where the back and neck meet. Swell. Now the stenosis in my lumbar region will have company. :D However, I'm not going to do the therapy. They want me there 3 days a week for two weeks and then once a week thereafter. With $20 co-pays, I don't see that happening. I'm going to lose several hundred dollars a month for 6 months due to cut-backs at work, so I don't have the extra money.
And anyway, I'm used to the pain. I just wanted to be sure what was causing it. I'd rather pay $36 a month to my gym where I can work out, do ST, and stay on track losing this extra weight. I think that's the best thing I can do. Having somebody crack my back and put some silly throbbing sensors on it isn't going to fix arthritis. Staying active and losing weight will make a real difference.
So, off to the races! Health was a real big motivator for me to begin with. My back is really better, at least the lower back, and I don't have foot pain anymore and my hip is not bad, either. And I still don't want to get diabetes and other weight-related health problems that run in my family, like heart disease. I just have to keep remembering this stuff.
Plus, I like being a runner and looking fitter. I miss that, from when I was at 152. I want it back. I was proud of myself. :)