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Need to drop 20lbs....AGAIN

Posted by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 6:48 PM
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Let's start with who I am

I'm a mom, a student, a counselor, and soon to be gaming floor manager at a casino.  My life consists of the words "I'm too busy" all of the time

I have Degenerative Disc Disease, and 2 other diseases in my spine I can't pronounce.   I have 3 severely herniated discs and one other herniated disc S1/L5 L4/L5 and L3/L4.

On the 9th I get my first injection.  My specialist is putting me on an intense diet and weight loss program to help me lose weight and heal.  He got me linked with a weight loss specialist and I see her on Thursday.

When I got pregnant I was a muscular 145lbs, 5'7"

When I went into labor I was a fluffy, water weighted 215lbs 5'7"

now I'm 175lbs 5'7"

My orginial disc disease started after I had my son, caused my my labor.

Then I was in a major accident which herniated 2 more discs.


SO now my doctor is trying desperately to make sure I can life the rest of my life with out surgery.  As I am nearly 22, and these problems shouldn't be here at this age.   So he informed me, be prepared to always lead an active life.  He reminded me of my life before baby, I used to work out every other day, run miles, he said, we will get you back to that point.  We caught this young, we will get you back,  You have a team of 3 doctors behind you.  Let's do this.  


So I have, starting sept 9th, 4 months to lose at least 20 lbs, if I can, then 30lbs would be great.  But orginial goal is 4months 20lbs because of my pain and injuries.

Ugh

I need support, I'm scared, I'm worried.


I walk everywhere because I have ptsd from driving.  There is a pool in my neighborhood offered year round, and at my job I can be on my feet a lot. My SO is a college basketball player, but Im too embarrassed to ask him for help, but he does know I haven't actually worked out since I gave birth.  I walked off my weight for the most part, but that takes a long time, I'm on a limit.


I'm going back to a strict vegetarian diet and also a gluten free and lactose free diet.  FUck this is crazy, pardon my french

Vent over, positive words please.  I'm legit fighting for my livelihood.  If I have to do a surgery, my life as I know it will be over, Minimum 6 months recovery because of the severity of my problems.  :(

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Rota
by Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 7:22 PM

Sounds like you are motivatd and have a plan. Good for you. You mentioned that you went to see doctors- have you seen a chiropractor yet? They have been able to prevent a lot of surgery and misery from back issues . A good one can advise you on exercise and yoga ( highly recommend yoga). If you are having pain issues, try acupuncture. I have a lot of clients you have experienced a decrease in their pain from this procedure. As back surgeons say, if you need surgery, you will be trading one type of pain for another. So please try everything else first. Yoga yoga yoga.

TaughtTot
by on Aug. 27, 2013 at 7:34 PM

My specialists have told me not to see a chiropractor because of the severity of my problems, realignment won't help and may cause more issues.  It's a long list of issues I have, one wrong twist of a disc might hit a nerve that leaves a leg paralyzed, I can't even risk it.

Yes yoga is what I used to do, before and during pregnancy, when the disease developed I stopped everything because I couldn't work through the pain.  But now I don't have a choice so yoga will be apart of my day.  But yoga alone won't help lose weight.  I have to suffer the pain for the months ahead, even though I've had it for the last 4 years anyway, but it's always more intense if I strain anything in my back, which happens even if I pick up my son to hold him, and I'm in bed for a week at a time.  It's so sensitive, but I have to medicate and keep pushing. 


Quoting Rota:

Sounds like you are motivatd and have a plan. Good for you. You mentioned that you went to see doctors- have you seen a chiropractor yet? They have been able to prevent a lot of surgery and misery from back issues . A good one can advise you on exercise and yoga ( highly recommend yoga). If you are having pain issues, try acupuncture. I have a lot of clients you have experienced a decrease in their pain from this procedure. As back surgeons say, if you need surgery, you will be trading one type of pain for another. So please try everything else first. Yoga yoga yoga.


CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

You sound really determined and where there's a will, there's a way.

I agree with your doctor - remember how active you were prior to all the health issues and aim for that.  I know it may be painful at first, but you have to keep in mind that you are re-building your body and you are working to make it stronger and healthier and so that YOU control it and not let your pains control you.

I would definitely recommend yoga to help improve your flexibility and your core.  The flexibility will help prevent injury.  What many who workout fail to realize is that sometimes we focus too much on strength and buiding muscle that we lose flexibility and that lack of it leads to injuries.  Yoga is gentle and will help you out and may even help center you during those busy and frenetic days.  It's good that you are doing this with a doctor and trainers because they'll be able to guide you and push you.  I know many complain that it hurts to work out after being injured and going through something so traumatic, but you have to remember that the best thing for you to do is to push through that because you have to strengthen the muscles surrounding those joints and your spine in order to better support it and in turn it'll lead to less injury and pain. 



TaughtTot
by on Aug. 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Yes, I can push through pain to a certain limit. Thats what my OBGYN told me originally, to push through the pain literally, little did he know the pain I was feeling was my L4/L5 disc being crushed....so I only do approved work outs and muscle pain I can push through, spinal pain will put me back on bedrest and I'll be out for the count.
Quoting CorpCityGrl:

You sound really determined and where there's a will, there's a way.

I agree with your doctor - remember how active you were prior to all the health issues and aim for that.  I know it may be painful at first, but you have to keep in mind that you are re-building your body and you are working to make it stronger and healthier and so that YOU control it and not let your pains control you.

I would definitely recommend yoga to help improve your flexibility and your core.  The flexibility will help prevent injury.  What many who workout fail to realize is that sometimes we focus too much on strength and buiding muscle that we lose flexibility and that lack of it leads to injuries.  Yoga is gentle and will help you out and may even help center you during those busy and frenetic days.  It's good that you are doing this with a doctor and trainers because they'll be able to guide you and push you.  I know many complain that it hurts to work out after being injured and going through something so traumatic, but you have to remember that the best thing for you to do is to push through that because you have to strengthen the muscles surrounding those joints and your spine in order to better support it and in turn it'll lead to less injury and pain. 



CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Aug. 28, 2013 at 12:11 PM


Definitely follow the doctor's orders and take it easy.  You don't want to overdo it but build up gradually and really strengthen your body.  It may take time, but it's okay - you're doing it for the long-haul and for long-term benefits. 

Quoting TaughtTot:

Yes, I can push through pain to a certain limit. Thats what my OBGYN told me originally, to push through the pain literally, little did he know the pain I was feeling was my L4/L5 disc being crushed....so I only do approved work outs and muscle pain I can push through, spinal pain will put me back on bedrest and I'll be out for the count.
Quoting CorpCityGrl:

You sound really determined and where there's a will, there's a way.

I agree with your doctor - remember how active you were prior to all the health issues and aim for that.  I know it may be painful at first, but you have to keep in mind that you are re-building your body and you are working to make it stronger and healthier and so that YOU control it and not let your pains control you.

I would definitely recommend yoga to help improve your flexibility and your core.  The flexibility will help prevent injury.  What many who workout fail to realize is that sometimes we focus too much on strength and buiding muscle that we lose flexibility and that lack of it leads to injuries.  Yoga is gentle and will help you out and may even help center you during those busy and frenetic days.  It's good that you are doing this with a doctor and trainers because they'll be able to guide you and push you.  I know many complain that it hurts to work out after being injured and going through something so traumatic, but you have to remember that the best thing for you to do is to push through that because you have to strengthen the muscles surrounding those joints and your spine in order to better support it and in turn it'll lead to less injury and pain. 





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