FOST40's SparkPeople Blog FOST40's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Physical Therapy for SI Joint Pain I had my transformal epidural injection in December and it lasted a good month. It was great!!! I went back to my pain management doctor and he felt that it should have lasted a bit longer and maybe I need to go to physical therapy. I had gone in the past, but, they focused more on my hip bursitis and not my back pain. The physical therapist noted that it is my SI joint that is causing my pain. I had an SI joint injection Feb 2012. The pain has come back!!! I'm hoping that physical the... Fri, 1 Feb 2013 19:48:56 EST Herniated Disc/Facet Joint I just completed having six facet injections in my spine about two weeks ago. I thought that I had only one injection because I only found one bandaid. The injection did very little for my pain. I did have arthritis in the facet joints, but, it isn't obviously the cause of my problem. <BR> My next injection will be a transformational epidural injection in the nerves by my herniated discs. I never envisioned that I would be dealing with back issues in my 40's. My parents are in their 80'... Fri, 9 Nov 2012 23:18:38 EST Real Diagnosis I finally had a diagnosis for my lower back pain. I have a mild case of spinal stenosis. I found it through a suprising source my acupuncturist. I was dumbfounded. I contacted the orthopedic and asked that he look at the MRI again and sure enough I have a mild case of spinal stenosis. Why he hadn't been able to see with an MRI and an x-ray is beyond me. The orthopedic who only mentioned that I had an SI joint issue. Needless to say, I am no longer seeing this physician. <BR> I made a... Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:29:01 EST SI Joint Injection Experience I went to an outpatience center to have the SI joint injection. The doctor needs to use an X-ray type of machine to insure that he has gotten into the joint. You need to bring someone to drive you home. <BR> Ihad my SI Joint injection on Thursday morning. It was a positive experience. I was sedated so I didn't feel any pain. I'm not feeling much relief, but, hopefully it will get better with time. I really miss not going to the gym. The SI joint issue has stalled my weight loss prog... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:26:47 EST SI Joint Issue/Injection I found out that my lower back problems are from my SI joint. I've been to physical therapy and the chiropractor and still no relief. I went back to the orthopedic and he stated that I had SI joint problems and need to get an SI injection. <BR> I've scheduled the injection for February 16th. I will have a family member drive me home since the injection will cause numbness in my leg. I hope that this will solve the problem. <BR> It's amazing how much the SI joint problems has impacted my ... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 13:07:54 EST 2012-Getting Back to me!!! I want to apologize to the Morning Workout group for not being a good leader for most of 20 11. I was diagnosed with hip bursitis and psisformis (lower back issue). It has been pretty painful. Physical therapy helped with the hip bursitis but I have suffered most of the year with the psisformis(sciatic nerve problem). In December 2011, I went to see a chiropractor that has reduced the pain with my sciatic nerve by 50%. Yea! I have felt well enough to walk a couple of miles on the treadmil... Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:54:44 EST Anxiety I've decided that I'm going to seriously work on conquering my fears. I ordered the Midwest Center Anxiety program to help me with my fear of driving on the highway. The fear has caused me to be a prisoner in my own town. I have family and friends that I don't see because of not driving on the highway. There are only a few individuals that know that I have a fear of driving on the highway. I'm too embarrassed to tell anyone because I'm afraid of what they would think of... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 20:54:43 EST Need to Develop Better Coping Skills I gained 9 lbs throwing myself a pity party!!! It is truly amazing how quickly the pounds come back on. It's too bad that it doesn't come off as quickly. LOL! I'm disappointed that I allowed my injuries (bursitis, pisiformis) to get the best of me. I focused on what I couldn't do instead of what I could do. Setbacks are apart of life and I need to develop better coping skills. <BR> I'm back on track with Weight Watchers. I lost 1 lbs last week. My physical therapy has gone well . M... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:07:46 EST Pity Party I started physical therapy and was diagnosed with hip bursitis and pisiformis which is literally a pain in the butt. The summer hasn't gone as planned. I thought that I would be running in 5k's and really getting into shape. Instead, I have gained 6 lbs and haven't been able to work out at the same intensity. It's been very depressing since the individual that I encouraged to run is now able to run 10 miles and is training for a half marathon. <BR> <BR> I've been throwing myself a pity... Sat, 6 Aug 2011 14:27:00 EST Lower Back Pain I noticed back pain when I was trying to run my 1st 5k May and again when I was working on my patio deck. I knew that I was hurting but I just contributed it to my weight and being active. I've been attempting to run but can't run past a few minutes without pain. I went to my doctor and found out that my sciatic nerve is the problem. My doctor prescribed a two week regime of pain killers and muscle relaxant. I will start physical therapy this week. I'm looking forward to it. It's bee... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 20:43:17 EST Loss of Motivation! I haven't lost any weight in quite some time. I keep gaining and losing the same 2-3 lbs each week. I'm just not as motivated to lose the weight as I was when I first started Weight Watchers. You would think that looking in the mirror would be enough for me to stick with it. I've lost 40 lbs and need to lose quite a bit more. I'm not sure how to get the fire back! Wed, 8 Jun 2011 22:47:14 EST Completed 5k I completed a 5k! I ran the 1st mile, but, ran/walked the rest of it. I would have never attempted to run 40 lbs ago. I went to a conference for work in Florida the same week as my 5k. I didn't watch what I ate and I wound up gaining 4 lbs that week. I'm still struggling to get back on track. The milk duds are getting the best of me again. <BR> I'm a little disappointed in myself because I wanted to have an additional 10 lbs off by the 5k. I signed up for another 5k and plan to ru... Fri, 20 May 2011 21:34:39 EST 45 lbs lost! I have officially lost 45 lbs on the Weight Watcher plan. I feel better than I have in a long time. I've learned that I need to be more patient with myself in regards to my weight loss. There are some weeks that I gained 2-3 lbs even though I'm tracking. I used to get very discouraged, but, I'm realizing that women's body weight fluctuates. Everything normally works out correctly as along as I am tracking and working out. I initially wasn't too thrilled with the pointplus program, but, I... Fri, 8 Apr 2011 21:18:37 EST 5k training I lost 3.6 lbs this week. I wenthome to visit family and an old friend. Old friends are truly the best ones!! We went to Applebee's and I ordered off the WW menu. I stayed on track all weekend. I went to the first meeting for the 5k training on Wednesday. I'm pretty excited. An opportunity to do something different. It is the motivation that I needed. Thu, 3 Mar 2011 22:04:59 EST Still Struggling with Myself! I'm still struggling with losing weight. I can blame it on the new weight watcher program, but, it really is me. I'm just feeling depressed about my life in general. I am getting old and things haven't quite turned out the way that I thought it would. I signed up to train for a 5k this summer. Wish me luck! Sun, 20 Feb 2011 23:31:18 EST Am I afraid of Success??? I lost 40 lbs with weight watchers. It is a great program. I will be out of the plus size range if I lose another 10 lbs. I am having a difficult time getting back on track. I know that I need to stay within the points range but I am back to my old habit of eating milk duds on a daily basis. Which I know is out of my points range. Why am I doing this? I could easily be out of the plus size in another month or two. Am I afraid of Success? Sun, 16 Jan 2011 22:12:43 EST 1st Weigh in of 2011 I didn't gain any weight over the holidays! It's time to kick it in gear and start losing again. I have to go back to tracking everything that I eat and working out on a daily basis. I'm thinking about getting a FitBit or a BodyBugg to assist me in my weight loss efforts. I'm on weight watchers, so, i'm not sure how they work with that program. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 22:50:32 EST New Year-Doing Me!! I have spent a great deal of my life trying to please others. I haven't really spent a great deal of time taking care of myself. I have decided that I will start putting myself first and everyone else is going to have to take a back seat. I'm accomplishing my goals and doing the things that bring me joy this year. I am going to push through some of my fears that have been holding me back for far too long. It's time that I broke out of the box and Do Me!!! <em>243</em> Fri, 31 Dec 2010 22:47:30 EST Trying to Work With the Program I lost 1 lbs this week. I'm trying hard to work the new WW Point plus program. It is truly a huge change from the old program. I'm heading to Georgia for christmas and New year's to visit my sister with the rest of my family. In January, I'm going to invest in a personal trainer. My goal is to have an additional 15-20 lbs off by this summer. Sat, 18 Dec 2010 21:03:24 EST New Weight Watcher Program I gained two lbs this week. No surprise because I didn't track my food intake Thanksgiving weekend. I went to Weight Watchers today and they have rolled out their new points plus program. The biggest difference is that all fruit and some vegetables are 0 points. I have mixed feelings about the program. The foods that I have enjoyed eating have increased in point value. I know that they are wanting us to eat healthier but I am afraid it is becoming a diet. I lost 40 lbs on the old progra... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 23:11:47 EST Love Reebok Easytone shoes!!! I love the Reebok Easytone shoes!! I have been experiencing horrible knee pain from my treadmill workouts. I had originally purchased expensive walking shoes but it didn't do anything for the pain. My sister that has problems with her knees told me that she hadn't experienced any knee pain since she used the shoes. She was correct!!! It is truly wonderful to get off the treadmill and still feel like you can go an extra mile. I didn't feel any kind of toning with these shoes. I feel lik... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 20:41:29 EST Mall of America I had a great time at the Mall of America last weekend. If you haven't had an opportunity to get out there I would suggest that you take your family and go. It has a huge amusement park in the middle of the mall. The park has two rollercoasters, log flume, ferris wheel to name a few things in the middle of a mall. The mall have an aquarium that has sharks, jelly fish and other interesting animals. You can go see a movie and play putt putt golf. the mall has a waterpark, but, it isn't ins... Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:35:14 EST Weight Loss I lost 2.2 lbs this week! I tell you it truly a struggle to lose and keep off weight. I'm finally down to 41 lbs. My goal is still to lose 10 additional pounds by Christmas. It would be great to lose 50 lbs altogether by the time I visit my sister and her family in Georgia for Christmas. This is the time of year when losing weight becomes very difficult. I recently purchased a upright exercise bike. It doesn't have any bells or whistles, but, it has the basics. I normally go to the gym... Wed, 27 Oct 2010 23:41:29 EST Back to Basics I gained another 1.2 lbs this week! I haven't had a lose since my birthday last month. I'm going toget back to tracking my points religiously!!! I can't gain the weight that I have worked so hard to take off! <BR> I normally work out on the treadmill everyday. I think I will do something different because my left knee has really been hurting. I take ibuprofen and put ice on my knee. I can't quit working out, but, I can make some modifications. I need to get back to taking my spin cla... Thu, 7 Oct 2010 21:46:44 EST Goal Setting I gained 1.8 lbs this week. I think it is a combination of not tracking and it being that time of the month. My birthday is on Monday, so, I know it is going to be a struggle to lose next week. My goal will be to maintain and not gain anymore weight. The gym will truly become my best friend this week! My next goal is to take off 5 lb by Thanksgiving! I have found that setting goals helps keep me on track! Wed, 22 Sep 2010 21:11:22 EST 40 lbs Gone!!!! I weighed in today and I have lost 40lbs total!!! Yea!!! It has truly been a journey. I never dreamed that I would have ever lost this much weight. I still have quite a bit to lose but I am feeling pretty good. Wed, 15 Sep 2010 20:50:21 EST One Thing At A Time I lost 1.4 lbs this week!!! I have lost a total of 38 lbs. I am on my way to losing 40 lbs by the end of September-my birthday. It is a daily struggle but I keep pushing through. I need to put that same effort in some other things that I need to work on. One thing at a Time! Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:24:23 EST Loss I lost 1.4 lbs this week. It is now 36 lbs gone!!! Whew! My birthday is at the end of the month, so, I hope that I will have 40 lbs off. Is it possible to lose 4 lbs in 3 weeks? I don't know but I am going to try. Thu, 2 Sep 2010 19:59:14 EST Setting Goal I lost 1.4 lbs last Wednesday. I am still trying to lose the 4 lbs I g ained prior to going on vacation! I am getting bored with just working out on the treadmill, so, I plan on adding the elliptical and water aerobics. I have decided to set weight loss goal of 50 lbs by Christmas when I visit family in Georgia. I have lost 35 lbs, so, I need to lose 18 lbs by Christmas. I would actually like to lose more but I don't think it would be very realistic. Fri, 27 Aug 2010 23:28:59 EST Struggle I gained one pound last week. It is truly a struggle to lose weight and keep it off. I need to lose 8 lbs to reach 40 lbs. In the past few months, I have gained and lost the same lbs!!! I have got to get over this hump. I worked out everyday this week except today. Hopefully, I will have a lose this week. I have to keep going because I don't want to gain the weight that I have kept off. Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:38:33 EST Lost Weight While on Vacation WooHoo!!! I lost 2.6 lbs after being on vacation for two weeks!!!! I was so afraid to weigh in but I decided to bite the bullet anyway. I was very conscious about what I was eating because I was afraid to gain the weight. I still ate the things that I wanted to but not in large quantities. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 18:38:59 EST Afraid to Weigh I just returned from my trip to Washington, DC. I am truly afraid to get on the scale. I had a great time sightseeing, but, I'm afraid that I ate wayyyy too much! I hope that I will remain the same weight. I did go to the gym on Friday evening. I plan on working out Sunday and Monday before I head out to Georgia to visit my sister. I will go to the store with her to get the food. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 17:33:25 EST Heaver atVacation Time! I start my vacation tomorrow. I gained weight instead of lost it for my vacation. I'm starting my vacation heavier. I plan on tracking my meals. Hopefully burn some calories while sightseeing. Mon, 26 Jul 2010 23:07:08 EST Gained 4 lbs I'm soo upset!! I gained 4 lbs!!!! I haven't been working out like I used to do and I have been eating out more than usual. My vacation starts next Tuesday and I was hoping to lose an additional 4 lbs and instead I gained 4 lbs!!! Ugh!!! I'm so disgusted with myself! My goal on vacation will be to maintain my 32 lbs weight loss!!! I though that I was tracking correctly, but, obvious I'm doing something wrong. Wed, 21 Jul 2010 13:26:28 EST Time of the Month!!! I didn't weigh in this week because it is that time of the month. I knew that I would have water weight gain and I would become discouraged. I realize now that I won't make my goal of an additional 4 lbs off by the end of the month, but, I will at least try for 2 more lbs. It would be 38lbs gone!! I'm finally beginning to receive compliments about my weight loss. I have to stay focused this week on tracking my food and getting to the gym for my workouts!! I don't know why I have been so... Wed, 14 Jul 2010 19:52:34 EST Stress I'm trying not to let the stress on my job impact my weight loss efforts! I only have two more weeks until I go on vacation! I don't think that I am going to make my goal of an additional 4 lbs off , but, I still have lost quite a bit. My weigh in this week won't be good because it is that time of the month. It is truly frustrating! If I could lose 2 lbs by July 26th, I would be very happy! I will have to truly kick it in gear in order to make that happen! <BR> Mon, 12 Jul 2010 19:55:31 EST Almost There!! I lost 1.6 lbs at my weight watcher meeting today for a grand total of 36 lbs lost!! My goal is to lose 4 lbs in the next two weeks. It's ambitious but if I work hard I can come close! <BR> It is truly been a struggle losing this weight! Unfortunately, I still have quite a bit to lose! Weight loss is truly a journey! Thu, 8 Jul 2010 01:04:20 EST Weight Loss! I have officially lost 34.8 lbs! I think that slow and steady wins the race. My goal is to have 40 lbs total off by the end of july because that is when my vacation starts.I know that is quite ambitous but it helps keep me on track. It truly feels good to be lighter this year than I was last year. I still have a ways to go but I am working towards my goal! Thu, 1 Jul 2010 23:19:12 EST Chugging Along! I lost .6 lbs. today. I have lost a total of 33lbs! I have got to get it in gear. I 'm having such a hard time staying motivated. I am keeping within my points but the activity points is what is keeping me from gaining weight. My sister is moving in with me and she is a sweet eater. I will need to be very strong. Wed, 23 Jun 2010 20:57:25 EST Self Sabotage I had my weigh in yesterday and I stayed the same for 3 weeks in a row. I am having a hard time resisting temptation. Candy is truly my downfall. I haven't found a chewy candy that is low in calories. I'm not a big chocolate lover. I have 7 week until I go to Washington, DC. I would have liked to have 7 lbs off by that time. My goal this week is to not go over my WW points and increase my workouts. <BR> I seem to be sabotaging myself! I have got to get it together! Fri, 18 Jun 2010 01:03:51 EST Easier said than Done I have a two days of eating fattening foods. I am over my point limit for Weight Watcher. I don't weigh until Wednesday, so, hopefully, I can get myself back on track and back into the black. I am going to have to put in more time at the gym. I normally work out for about an hour, but, I need to build up to 90 minutes. I stayed the same last weigh, so, I have to get it together for next weigh. I am going on vacation the end of July, so, I would like to take off an additional 10 lbs. Ea... Sat, 12 Jun 2010 16:46:47 EST Back on Track I weighed in today and lost 1.2 lbs. I have lost 32 lbs! I'm soo close to 40 lbs!! I hope that I can lose an additional 8 lbs by the time I go on vacation the end of July. I learned from experience not to get overconfident. I will try the couch to 5k sometime next week. I need to find running shoes for a heavyset person. Losing weight is truly difficult. Wed, 2 Jun 2010 23:40:22 EST Still Wavering I seem to be at a standstill with my weight loss! I have weighed the same since the end of April. I should have lost at least another 5 lbs. I'm not overly motivated to lose anymore weight even though I have at least 60lbs to lose!!! I have gotten content with my 30 lbs weight loss. I'm afraid that I might start gaining!!! My savings grace is that I do track everything that I eat everyday. It keeps me honest. I haven't worked out as much as I used to. I have quite a few things goin... Tue, 25 May 2010 00:37:54 EST Work on weight loss commitment My weigh in day was Wednesday and I stayed the same. No surprise since I have been struggling with my licorice and fruit snack habit! I have been going to the gym lately and plan to really put in more time there this weekend. <BR> I am working on my weight loss commitment. It is truly a work in progress. I am tracking my food intake. I have already eaten the last of my licorice, so, I have no plans to buy anymore. <BR> My goal is to lose an additional 8-10 lbs by the end ... Fri, 14 May 2010 18:42:07 EST Wavering I seem to be at a standstill. I lost 30 lbs and I am at a standstill. My movitation to eat right and workout is starting to waver. I haven't been to the gym as often as I should and I am not eating correctly all the time. I am tracking it! lol! <BR> <BR> I have two weeks until I see most of my family for my nephews high school graduation and my parents anniversary. I'm hoping that I can take off at least another 4 lbs! I am still smaller than I was last year at this time. <BR> <BR... Sat, 8 May 2010 23:32:52 EST 30 lbs Lost!!! I have officially lost 30 lbs on Weight Watchers! I'm sooo proud of myself! I never thought that I would have gotten this far. I lost 4 lbs this week by tracking my points and going to the gym everyday. <BR> It is tough some mornings to get up and go to the gym, but, once I am there I feel good. I just keep telling myself that someday I will be thin. <BR> I can really tell the difference in my tops more than my bottoms. I am pretty bottom heavy, so, it will probably be another ten lb... Wed, 21 Apr 2010 18:36:19 EST I'm Back I want to thank everyone for your kind and supporting words. I have decided to get back on track. I counted my points today and plan on getting to the gym tomorrow. I am going out of town to visit my sister this weekend, so, I don't plan on doing any bike riding. I will start riding next week. <BR> <BR> Thanks Again! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 23:40:41 EST Upset!!!!! Venting I'm am sooo upset!!! I have been riding my bike outside everyday for an hour since Saturday. I have been tracking my points and would you believe that I gained 1.4 lbs!!!! I'm tooo upset for words!!! I have been pigging out every since my weigh in. Of course, I have put the bike up!!! I am ready to sell it!!!! I was really hoping that I could have the bike as my main cardio for the summer!!! It's look like in order for me to lose weight, I have to go to the gym and track points!!!! ... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 18:06:15 EST On My Way I have officially lost 27 lbs with WEight Watchers!! I have quite a ways to go to get to my goal weight but I am smaller this year than last year. I'm trying to stay positive. <BR> I purchased a hybrid bike last week from a friend and I love it!! I went on a trail today for about 90 minutes. Whew!! I don't recall it being such a workout when I was a kid!! LOL!! <BR> I was sweating the entire time. I wore my heart rate monitor and I burned quite a few calories. Especially when yo... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 21:49:55 EST Staying on TRack I have been doing good with my eating and exercising. My goal is to have an additional 10 lbs off by Memorial Weekend. I would be happy with 5 lbs. I realize that tracking my points is the true key to success. The weeks that I decide not to count are the ones that I normally gain. Sun, 28 Mar 2010 01:14:38 EST