Friday, November 24, 2017
Happy post-Thanksgiving to all!
Yesterday and the day before were a little tough for me, but not because of the holiday. On Wednesday, I went to my primary physician to discuss my MRI results. My neck has been in a lot of pain, and massage and chiropractor have not helped in any durable way. My doctor recommends seeing a neurosurgeon, given the issue.
Needless to say, this news was pretty upsetting. But it pretty much confirmed what I suspected. In just a short time, I’ve gone from being an active competitor in road races and beginning to do triathlons, to being a person who isn’t doing a lot of exercise, partly because I am concerned about injuring myself further with the impact of running or the stress to my neck of biking or swimming, and partly because on any given day, the pain can be debilitating.
So, I am making an appointment with a neurosurgeon.
And I am determined to stop wallowing in self-pity. I know that there are a many exercises I can do. And some of them actually help to reduce the pain. So far, I know I can walk, do yoga (as long as I am careful) and stretch. And although I am avoiding running in order to reduce impact, I can do the elliptical or the stationary bike, which allows me to sit upright. I can also probably do a bit of swimming and limited strength training, as long as I’m careful.
Keeping these things in mind, I need to get back on track with exercise, but at the same time, not beat myself up if I decide to do less than planned or not do it on any given day, if I don’t feel up to it. And I also need to stick to my planned meals and snacks much more rigorously. Gone are the days when I could exercise away the results of overeating (actually long gone, way before the current situation!)
So, I will continue to plan my meals on a daily basis, and plan exercise on a weekly basis. I’ll keep up with my Beck practices, with a major focus on avoiding emotional eating. And I’ll keep checking in here on Spark… as I have for so many years. I appreciate your support!