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Friday, September 24, 2010

Well, after having to carry Jacob home on our last two hikes, I have officially exacerbated my back injury. It hurts to do everything. It also hurts to do nothing. I did my Yoga for Back Pain DVD, and it actually made it worse

Obviously, my body is telling me I need to go in a new direction. I just need to figure out which direction that may be.

I find it so much more motivating to eat healthy when I'm working out. However, I know that each pound I lose is going to take pressure off my back and reduce my risk of having this pain flare up again in the future.

This week I started an eating plan of my own design which I like to call "Cook it Your Da*n Self" eating...I realized how many calories (and how much of my hard earned $$$) I was wasting on restaurant food, and decided I could eat what I wanted so long as I cooked it myself. I found that I could cook almost everything I like to eat from a restaurant for at least 50% less calories and cost, and I'm going to continue with that.

I am fighting the urge to self medicate this back pain with food. I gave in and ate yesterday and today through the pain, but I'm putting a stop to it right now. OREOS WILL NOT MAKE MY BACK FEEL ANY BETTER. They surely don't make my jeans fit better, either.

Sparkfriends, I need all the support on this that I can get!
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    I am just now seeing this, but (((HUGS))). I hope in the time that has passed you have found relief. And I LOVE your eating plan--I need to incorporate that one myself, I think!
    3670 days ago
    Back pain really sucks. I've been laid low w/back pain many times.

    I hope you feel better soon. My chiropractor is my friend. And especially for back pain he seems to have ways to help me. But I digress.

    I want to let you know I think it is just awesome that you are shouting down those oreos. No need to self-medicate w/food. You are so strong. I hope you feel better very very soon.
    3721 days ago
  • CARLA-216
    I'm sorry to hear about your back pain. I hope it eases up for you soon.

    I like your new eating plan! A good way to talk oneself out of a certain food is asking "do I want it bad enough to cook it myself?" Great idea!
    3721 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    So sorry to hear about your back pain. It must be frustrating, when you're obviously making progress.

    I listen to a podcast called, No Excuses to a Healthier You. I discovered the guy, Jonathan Roche, through Flylady (my hero!). Anyway, people call him all the time for motivation because they were doing really well, then got sidelined by an injury. His advice is always the same: Nail the non-exercise goals. Eat well, drink your water, only one dessert per week, etc. He's got a list of "15 secrets" in three catagories (the list is free if you join his Big Tent group - I'd be happy to share the address with you if you're interested.) diet, exercise and motivation. He says, if you ignore the exercise secrets, and sincerely focus on the diet and motivation secrets, then the sense of control you feel from taking positive steps should help you continue to lose weight until you're feeling better.

    Sounds like your "cook it yourself" plan is a great step in the right direction, and you are so right that less weight will lead to less back pain. So, stay strong...you can do this!

    Hope this makes sense - I'm still trying to wake up!
    3721 days ago
  • no profile photo SHANNONSTILLS
    Reread this every time you get discouraged
    3721 days ago
    I am so sorry that you are hurting {{{gentle hugs}}}. I know you must be frustrated at the thought of having to ease up on physical activity until your back feels better but please take care of yourself.
    You said that you are fighting the urge to self-medicate with food - keep fighting, girl. Portion control is the name of the game right now. It will keep that big monkey named Regret off your already aching back. It is such a slippery slope -
    I recently fought my way back after an extended binge and I don't want that to happen to you.

    BTW, the title of your eating plan cracks me up - gotta love it!!!

    3721 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    As a fellow back sufferer, I am impressed with your plan - you're going to do great with the meals. I just hope the back issue can be solved. It's hard to stay upbeat when you're in pain. There are so many days I'm happy to simply be able to get out of bed. Just like you saw it get worse toting your cherub around, I have to remind myself to NOT carry my tote bags - when the car signals me to buckle up my passenger, I know I am carrying too heavy of a tote!
    emoticon emoticon Feel better! emoticon
    3722 days ago
  • MJA716
    I'm so sorry to hear about your back but I LOVE your new diet strategy! Looking forward to hearing how it goes! You can do it sweetie! Just keep that positive attitude and keep moving in the right direction! The universe will respond with whatever it is that you need!

    3722 days ago
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