I'm Dennis. 51 year old married father of 10.
Over 5 years ago my wife dragged me grumbling the whole way to my first yoga class. No one was more surprised than I at how it fit like a glove. It didn't matter that my knees ached and I had no flexibility. From the moment I settled into my first (not so) easy pose I was addicted to two heated hatha classes a week. Yoga never did anything for my weight but it sure helped with everything else.
Six months ago I was in downward dog, tilted my sacrum to the ceiling and felt a pop in my tailbone. The last two segments of my coccyx, previously broken in a sledding mishap with the kids 18 years before, detached itself from the end of my spine. No more could I sit or find my boat or many other poses. I struggled through hoping it would heal but it simply would not. Sadly I had to leave my precious practice.
Since the beginning of the year I have been on a quest to shed 60lbs. Without yoga I have been focusing instead of ellipticals, treatmills and outdoor activities. So far I have lost 40 and I am in my best shape since the 90s.
But my coccyx would not heal. So after xrays, cortisone shots and consultations I had the coccyx removed on 4/4. Yesterday, 5 days post-op, I managed to walk 2 miles. Today I hope to walk 2 more. The pain of surgery is subsiding and with it the hope that every step I take will bring me that much closer to my mat again.
| current weight: 228.0