As many of you -- I have had lower back pain for years, and in my normal Beth way I have ignored it or (...don't tell anyone!) medicated it with NSAIDS off and on, and heat, and exercise, and stretching. AND GOD DAMN IT, IT HURTS.
NSAID use is contraindicated in gastric bypass patients as it can cause serious ulcers. I started popping them like candy recently. No. good.
The back pain comes in cycles and never really goes away. It gets to the point where I cannot ignore it and I am currently in a Flare Of I Cannot Sit Down Or Sleep Or Lay Down And Nothing Feels Right EXCEPT getting on my knees in 'downward dog' position. When I describe it to other people they chime in with "Yep. I live this."
I had my husband take me to the urgent care MD on the weekend for X-Rays. They show disc degeneration. No surprise. I suppose after ignoring it -- plus a few years of massive obesity, plus four pregnancies, losing all of the weight plus eating haphazardly and vitamin-deficiencies, it shouldn't be a surprise.
I was prescribed an anti-epileptic drug instead of a pain-medicine, at my request because I do not want to be sedated, and that I am epileptic.
Although as the doctor was describing the medication's side effects to me, he explained that it might cause "sedation, dizziness," and I stated, "... that it isn't like I do anything important anyway, I'm not using heavy machinery as it is."
I do not know that he got my seizure humor.
I don't feel much relief from a few days of this added medication -- and I do not feel that it will be of help to the pain, but there are more options. I think that I will need to use exercise somehow, because this, just isn't working.
HERE is one of my favorite speakers at the #YWM2014 event. HANDS, BUTT down.
Get up! Non-exercise Activity Thermogenesis - the N.E.A.T. Energy of Life
Streamed live on Sep 27, 2014
Everything that we do throughout the day uses up our metabolic energy. Dr. Levine explains all the components of your daily energy expense, or N.E.A.T., and the science of how you can make this energy loss part of your strategy to improve health.
-Signed, the girl who is constantly yanking her jeans UP.
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This is that moment where I put my tail between my legs and come to you and say it -- because this is what I Need To See - Proof That A Thing Works?
I have a very literal type brain. (More on that later this year. I promise you. My next appointment is Valentine's Day.)
Figure out where Beth's seizure focus is?
I must have proof of a thing in order to believe it. I do not blindly follow anything without seeing results, documents, charts that show me "IF YOU DO X, Y will be yours." This is why I am a hard "sell" and you rarely see reviews here anymore. (More on that, coming, too.)
In 2012 I was in a regain pattern and found myself hitting a high weight that I could not imagine after RNY.
I refused to allow it although I know realistically it is possible. I've been there before. And knowing that I need to eat food -- I realised I needed to do something different because obviously eating as much food as I want/need to and not moving my ass was no longer working.
I added a little bit of exercise -- and I saw a little bit of endurance increase. And I struggled to keep going, and keep at it and now I finally see body results.
The scale is in solid maintenance mode. I see range of up 5 lbs down 5 lbs up 5 lbs down lbs every single month. But I guarantee my muscle mass is increasing. I will get a new assessment done at some point to ensure this -- and see because I am interested in knowing the percentage of change.
This is where those people who used to scream at me to MOVE MY ASS get to say, "WE TOLD YOU SO." I did not listen. I was (...somewhat, but not really) lazy. I thought I could get away with just "eating okay" and being relatively active.
Nope. I am proof it (...sitting on your ass) doesn't work.
As a disclaimer, I have always watched The Biggest Losercasually as someone might watch The Super Bowl for the commercials. I enjoy making digs at the product placement, the commercials, etc. This pleases me #broughttoyoubyziploc #subway #extragum #whomever
This year, however I was taken in a little more, sucked in, even after saying things like: "I'd never watch that crap," and "How dare they publicize weight loss competitions!" I am sure I have said MANY choice things over the years about this (...and other shows) as an online weight-loss blogger, even as product pitches aligned with this show were tossed my way. I still watch for the product placements. I also watch for the exercise -- WHAT?!
This year, I started a (...word warning) "journey" nine years after I started my massive weight loss path.
I began exercising in earnest. I dropped some lbs and gained muscle. I have endurance!
I found that The Biggest Loser gave me some "Actual Motivation" if only for ideas of What To Do To Move My Butt. It's the reason I tried the "Jacob's Ladder," guys.
Or, even just for a frame of reference in body-size for someone like me: a former morbidly obese individual whom had been 320 lbs now 144-150 lbs and maintaining my bodyweight while learning to create health, and gain muscle and make exercise a habit. If you have not been living in a 200, 300, 400 lb body - you must know - the body dysmorphia that comes along with the change from your super-morbid or morbidly obese self to your "normal" self can last for years. It may not be until you see another person whom is "wearing" your "body" size when you realize what you look like, and only sort of.
That said -- The Biggest Loser's winner, Rachel. And please remember that I can only relate to what I know to be true, and to what I see in relation to the hundreds of women (... and some men) I read about daily in my weight loss groups for bariatric surgery.
She went too far, and sometimes that happens.
I hope that it was simply because she was pushed to far for the "trigger" of money -- and will find balance in health.
In the weight loss surgery world, we have a hard time with talking about weight. We don't like to talk about "how much weight is too much to lose." We don't like to discuss "too far," and we say things like "well, you called her fat, now she's too thin and you hate her for it."
No. It's not that. You/we really have to stop thinking that way. It is just the same as having bariatric surgery WAS for YOU. It was supposed to be about your health and saving your life. There is not a stitch of hate in the words. It is out of concern for the person, and the people watching: like our daughters and sons.
Going on The Biggest Loser was about stopping this person's journey through morbid obesity and saving her life, and getting healthy again. However, dropping to an underweight body-weight and publicizing this for all of us on TV and creating this huge social media #thinspo out of it -- is WRONG.
Where were the trainers, Biggest Loser Team, producers, etc. when she hit the red flags? Where was the psych team? Where is her help? Is this really just about prize money and not health?
I talk all the time about having enough money to open gyms for all-sizes-and-levels. Regardless of my size, I am still 320 lbs in my head and I am more comfortable surrounded with women of size.
It's one of a number of companies and organizations that are marketing fitness to people who are overweight or obese. It's not a bad business strategy, considering that 69 percent of American adults fit in that category, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Planet Fitness chain touts its "Judgment Free Zones". In Omaha, Neb., Square Onepromises you won't find "size 2's in sports bras sprinting on treadmills." This gym, started by Marty Wolff, who competed on NBC's "The Biggest Loser," says it is for "people of size." And many YMCA facilities feature photos of the faces and bodies of actual members – "real people" – instead of supermodels or body builders.
Schrantz used to be a chronic gym quitter. She'd sign up, go once and never return. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.
"My thought on that is why are you looking at me when I got off of the couch, I got off of my bed and I'm actually doing something about it?" Schrantz said, during an interview at the gym. Still, she says, "It's hard."
As she said that, she began to tear up. Other members of the gym came to comfort her. They put their arms around her while she cried.
Here, members sweat together – and shed tears together.
Kishan Shah is the CEO of Downsize, which has hundreds of members across the U.S. They weigh anywhere from 200 to 700 pounds. Shah used to weigh 400 pounds and have a 62-inch waist. Today, he's half that weight and always finds time for a yoga or cardio class in between business meetings.
Fitness is about a lot more than just looks, Shah says.