End of Week 20 – Roadblock!

Report: Weigh-in date Friday October 5, 2012.  Weight 269.5.  Down .5.  Total loss at the end of 20 weeks, 30.5 pounds.  Hit a major obstacle.  Medical complications.

It never fails.  I get into a project like this and something medical happens that keeps me from the gym for a period of time.  I’ve done something to my back, and that may cause this to be “the lost week” so to speak.

You see, I know how my body reacts to things.  I could eat nothing but lettuce all the time and if I can’t exercise I won’t lose an ounce.  The pain in my back is all but immobilizing me and I still don’t know why or what’s going to happen.  It started on Thursday; got worse through Friday when I saw the doctor and got x-rays.  I won’t see the doc again until Monday morning.

Even if this week is a disaster because of my back, I’ll still weigh in, record and report next weekend.  After all, encountering and resolving obstacles is all part of life.  I’ll update this post as soon as I know what’s going on.

Ok, today is Wednesday, October 10, 2012.  My back is on the mend and I’m back at work.  I’m grateful to my doctor, but the last few days have been anything but productive.

Friday my GP put me on a prescription pain med I’ve never heard of before and what he called a “muscle relaxant.”  That turned out to be generic valium.  I was still in pain, but I didn’t care!  I was sent for x-rays of my middle and upper back and shoulder.  I couldn’t sit, couldn’t stand, and couldn’t lay down for any length of time.

Worst of all, I couldn’t work out.  My GP gave me a note saying I could go back to work (and, I assume, the gym) when my orthopedic doctor cleared me.  The problem with that was they could not get me in to see him until October 16th!!

Yeah, like I’m going to sit at home for almost a week and a half.  I didn’t say anything, but over the weekend I took my meds, slept on an incline, and was very careful what I did.  Slowly my back started to improve.  I stayed home on Monday; went to work without working out on Tuesday; and managed to workout carefully before work today.  I’ll probably exercise before work (elliptical only – no weight lifting for now) the rest of the week.  I see my orthopedist Tuesday and hopefully he will clear me for getting back to normal.

The reason this is SO important to me is that I got on the scale this morning and I am six pounds heavier.  Now, I know this is not true weight gain.  For one thing, I have stuck to my eating plan and even cut back some because of the forced inactivity.  Some damage has been done, but not six pounds in so few days.  However, when I was taking the “valium” I slowed down – and that means EVERYTHING slowed down, if you know what I mean.  My body feels like it’s made of cement.  I need exercise and maybe a little caffeine to get my systems back on track.  Combine that with the Prednisone (a steroid) my GP put me on Monday, and you can understand the result!

I refuse to panic over this gain.  I WILL correct it, and in short order.  If there is anything to be learned from this it is that recovering from this type of minor injury is a matter of balancing your doctor’s instructions with what you know about your own body.  Face it; no one knows more about your body than you.  Listen to your doctor and do what he/she says, but don’t be afraid to move slowly toward recovery if that is what your body is telling you to do.  Pay close attention to what your body tells you as you try to get back to your normal routines.  If your body starts to protest, back off.  Eventually, things will get back to normal.  At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

My diet buddies and I agree – we are too far into this project to let something like a pulled muscle stop us.  This Friday I’ll weigh in as always even though I know it will be bad news.  That’s ok.  It will be interesting to see how long it takes to start losing again.  I hope, if anyone has been reading these posts, that you continue down this path with me.  We still have a ways to go.

Until this coming Friday…..

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