Ok, what’s going on with me? As this podcast and time goes on I am seeing that I don’t have three health issues here. I have one health issue: weight loss. And a lot of it. I have had three total joint replacements since June 2014. Two hips and a knee. I thought that was an issue but its not……the best thing I can do for them now is lose weight. I have a pinched nerve in my back. I saw a Doctor last week so he could pinpoint the pain (they are going to give me shot therapy to ease the pain) and he tells me (for sure) I have spinal stenosis and a pinched nerve. That’s one point of pain but my pain is more consistently around my hip area. Why? He tells me the sacro-illiac joint. I guess they are very close to each other so the injection should ease the pain from both problems. But once again, what was the cause of this? I put on over 65 pounds over the last 2-3 years when I started losing my mobility. So ultimately, if I lose the 65 pounds will I still have back pain? I won’t know until I get there.
I keep coming back to the visual of lifting up a sack of something that weighs 65 pounds. Now don’t set it down. Keep it up. Try to hold on to it for 1 minute, two minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes. What is you could never set it down. What if you (your body) was forced to carry that weight around 24 hours a day, seven days a week. What if you had to go to work with that sack of whatever? What is you had to stop down to pick something up while still carrying that bag? To get a better idea of what it is doing to your back, hold that bad out in front of you. It will (in no time at all) put some serious strain on your back wouldn’t it?
I’m still not taking this problem of mine seriously. I have actually put on a few pounds in the last 2 weeks. I am back to 328. This is what I am going to do. I haven’t been taking this podcast experiment seriously either. First, I am going to make it a separate podcast and get it on iTunes. Then I am going to make up a graph that shows my weight loss (or not) since I started this and I am going to make it the featured picture at the top of every podcast. That way everybody can see my progress or lack of it and (perhaps) more importantly I will be able to track it at a glance.
I am here to tell you (and myself because I obviously am not listening yet) I have but one health issue: weight loss….65 pounds of it. To start, a strict 1200 calorie diet every day. No bread. Very low carbs. Exercise. I start physical therapy on Wednesday. I am beginning to wonder if this will all end. Does this have an endpoint? I mean other than the ultimate one? I am not allowing myself to ponder these questions because I won’t know anything until I achieve the first step. Losing the weight. I am hoping I will start to feel benefits of my labors when I lose 15 to 20 pounds. That will make things tremendously easier to accomplish.
I’m a “bandwagon sort of guy. I need to work like heck to achieve some inertia, some movement forward. For me that is probably 60% of the work. Once the wagon is moving downhill it is generally easier for me to maintain the forward motion. I am hoping that if I make my efforts public it will be harder for me to take a step back. Also, I think it will help if I am talking about it. You are my (possibly unwilling) support staff. Now, just because I have identified all this as just one issue: weight loss (ok, albeit a very large one issue), that doesn’t mean I won’t talk about how I am coping with my three total joint replacements.
Saturday I worked outside in the garden and around the yard. I sprayed for weeds in the patio bricks and gaps in the sidewalk. But mostly I worked on my garden. I used the medicine ball to weed. I weeded the entrance to the garden and the outer edge (outside of the fencing). I was only able to do half of that but I was happy with that. The medicine ball works great!! I don’t put any pressure (or at least very little considering the alternative of kneeling down to pull weeds) on my knees.
Ok, I am leaning toward changing the name of this podcast to “Lose and Live”. That would make the name of this episode: LaL6 Lose and Live.
That’s it for this week. See you in a week.