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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!
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  • HIPPICHICK1
    Keep it up, stay on track. I had news too a few years back that stopped me from doing anything that caused impact - so no more jump training, no running, no heavy weights. I was sooooooo bummed and felt like my options were too few and too wimpy, but I got over it. I only walk, hike and do yoga. I have still managed to maintain my weight loss and I have far less back pain than ever as a result. I'm pretty happy! Get out that yoga mat, grrl! You're going to be fine.
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  • JEANKNEE
    Sorry about the worrying news. Hope the neurosurgeon will be of help.

    You have clearly thought this out and have a practical plan in place to support you in moving forward. Do take care and don't under estimate the power of good nutrition to support your body in restoring itself to health.

    234 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Sorry for your worrying news, but here's hoping your neurosurgeon will come up with a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan.

    And in the meantime -- your own plans are excellent: doing the exercise you CAN do on any given day, and tracking the nutrition.

    Well done!
    234 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
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    You have a good plan - all the best to the neurosurgeon visit!
    234 days ago
  • KATONTHEMAT
    What about Pilates. I’m not an expert but I believe that there are many exercises designed for people with back pain maybe they’ll help with your neck pain also
    234 days ago
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