CEDARWINGFARM and to SparkPeople and the team...Nice to have you wish us on the journey to a healthier lifestyle.
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current weight: 138.0
Fitness Minutes: (46,670) Posts: 4,977 5/25/13 10:47 P
Welcome to sparkpeople and to the team! Get that weight down and you will find your back problems might disapear in the end like mine: I too had problems with L4/5 and S1/2 hahahaha Layed up in bed for a week or two every year - yikes! You can do it! Thomas
current weight: 178.0
Fitness Minutes: (77,383) Posts: 9,983 5/23/13 2:33 P
Hi. Welcome to the team. Degenerative disc disease, I feel your pain. I also have OA in the knees and hips. Have you tried working out in the pool? It is much easier on your joints and really does help with the pain. I have been able to put off knee replacement surgery with working out in the water and with supartz shots twice a year for over 5 years. I know I will have to have the surgery in the future but the longer I can put it off the better.
There is also a team on SP for chair exercising. When I am in pain and can't get to the pool, I do the chair exercises. Believe me, they do give you a work out. They even have them for cardio.
Stay in touch with the team and let us know how you are getting along.
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I lost 122 pounds and have maintained it since 12/28/12.
Welcome to the group. It may seem a small thing, but the fact that you joined Spark and immediately made a page shows motivation. It's rare that brand-new members do a page right off.
Since you say nothing about the L4/L5 herniation having affected a foot, I hope you're seeing someone to prevent a drop by whatever means (apart from surgery, I know nothing about other possibilities). Do you work with a physical therapist?
Spark has several chair exercise videos which may suit your needs. You can find them under the Articles & Videos tab, above. Also check out the Chair Exercise Team, which has an extensive list of other videos and resources. A physical therapist would be able to work out some routines that are both beneficial and safe for you.
LAURIE, NYC No one said it would be easy, but it can be easier.
There is substance in glibness and vice versa: "If you're going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill, master of both?
current weight: 238.0
Fitness Minutes: (64,429) Posts: 43,241 5/19/13 9:49 A
Hi and to this team. I am fairly new here, and I find it very inspirational, and helpful. The people I have met are great, and so supportive. Hang in there for you have a good start just by joining the team! Have a great day, and a great week ahead.
August Minutes: 3,068
Fitness Minutes: (8,280) Posts: 280 5/19/13 7:19 A
My heart goes out to you in the midst of your frustration. I can empathize with your situation, since I also have spine-related disabilities (scoliosis, herniated discs). At the time of the disc diagnosis, my physician's assistant ordered an orthopedic consultation, resulting in a physical therapy referral. My PT technician taught me exercises which I could do safely. She also recommended water exercises and chair exercises, which I was able to do without an increase in pain.
As you may know, equally as important as aerobic activity is strength training. With advice of your physician, your physical therapist can instruct you on strength training exercises you can do without stressing your vertebrae. Here is the link to a Spark team that has lots of support for individuals suffering from spinal pain:
I wish you all the best on the journey to increased fitness. Stay in touch, okay?
Edited by: TREATL at: 5/19/2013 (01:12)
Co-Leader, Dealing with Depression Team
"When I say itís you I like, Iím talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.Ē Mr. Rogers
Hello and welcome to our team. I am sorry to hear about your health problems. This is the place to come to get your motivation and outlook back on track. I use the trackers to help me with my food intake and fitness. Energy level comes from working out and eating healthy. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you to move along.
"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still."
Pounds lost: 46.0
Fitness Minutes: (59,589) Posts: 34,045 5/18/13 8:29 P
Welcome to Sparkpeople. Be sure to take advantage of all the great free online sources available here, such as the nutrition and fitness trackers. Also, the online community is great. We are all here to offer support when you need it, or celebrate your successes with you.
Here are some links that will help you navigate the site and get started!
Take this first week to familiarize yourself with the tools here. Once you get used to using them, it becomes easier to use them even when you are busy. Personally, I spent my first week learning to use the tools, and just tracking everything I was already eating and doing for exercise. It gave me a baseline to work from. It also gave me a chance to really decide what my goals were, and how to get there.
This site can only provide the support and the tools to reach these goals. You need to put the hard work in. Personally, I end up kicking my own butt every day. Feel free to check out my blogs to see how I kick my butt out the door to get my fitness in. I can tell you, once I am finished with my exercise for the day, I feel great. No more I should do this and I should do that. Instead, I feel accomplished, and able to relax and enjoy the rest of my day.
Katrina Saskatchewan Time Zone
You can not change yesterday - it's done. You can only dream of tomorrow. The only day you can change is today. What are you going to do today to reach your goals of tomorrow?
It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it GREAT
Go little Turtle Go!
current weight: 212.2
Fitness Minutes: (10) Posts: 1 5/18/13 8:24 P
I'm 39, 230 pounds, 5'6", and diagnosed Bipolar Disorder with Depressive Attributes. Fun, right? Meds and inactivity caused an 80 pound weight increase over the last 12 years. L4/L5 blown disc and L5/S1 bulging and degenerating disc doesn't help. Motivation, energy, outlook are low.
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