I haven't begun to exercise yet, as recommended by the rheumatologist and dermatologist I saw after my fibromyalgia diagnosis, and today I am bearing the burden of my descent into slothfulness and junk food:

I threw out my left lumbar when I was bending over to dump a 9 pound bag of cat litter into the litter box last night. Not the right side, which was damaged in the fall at work a few years ago and where I've grown to expect issues, but in the undamaged left side of my dorsal region.

Damn it.

It's not like I didn't know this day was possible. I used to be an avid reader of fitness magazines, I had a subscription to Muscle and Fitness before Joe Weider sold it off to be turned into titillation for 18 year old males. I learned a bit about spines in vet tech school, as a cautionary tale for overweight dachshunds. The internet opened my vision to tales of overweight humans whose bulging bellies caused their backs to arch and core strength to weaken.

And I still allowed it to happen to me.

A coworker has been going through the Optavia plan, I just looked them up and their food prices are outrageous! $20.95 for 7 food bars. But, how much is my health worth? Their goal is to rework how their clients live, not just help them to lose weight. It's worth a listen. My goal in life was never to be obese and crippled.

I will also begin the tai chi, after I get through this episode of pain. I have hit the bottom that I don't want to go past.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on January 11, 2018 at 12:22pm

I bet the tai chi classes will be the most benefit.  The focus you get (almost a meditative state) is great for a "full" head, the constant movement is great for not just weight loss, but to build up a HUUUUGE number of different  muscle groups (like your upper and lower back) and I've found tai chi groups to be pretty open and social (so you will have goal support).

Comment by koshersalaami on January 11, 2018 at 12:36pm

I feel for you. Stretch first. 

Comment by Phyllis on January 11, 2018 at 12:37pm

Thanks, Amy, support would be awesome. And new acquaintances , too. The class I could take in the current schedule is at 5:30 so it will help with the after work doldrums.

Comment by Phyllis on January 11, 2018 at 12:44pm

kosh, stretching is on the to do list.

Comment by Foolish Monkey on January 13, 2018 at 9:00am

tai chi rocks.  you will get so stoked with it.  it's the most lovely series of movements and it's very very meditative.  I stopped doing it and I need a class to refresh and get me thinking properly again.....  I so lack discipline in many ways.

Sorry you're suffering with pain.  It will stop me in my tracks after a point or certain movements that are unavoidable (if I want to be a normal human being).   My son, the beautiful, fucking philosopher and iron man athlete said to me that pain is a constant once we hit a certain point, and that my best bet was to push past and get on with my life.  I want to smack him because having lived with normal pain I have found with a certain kind of pain there is no getting on.  There's only the waiting for the ibuprofin or tylenol or whatever your chosen anti inflammatory might be to kick in and give some relief.  

Always stretch.  ALWAYS.  make it a rule.  I'm dead serious.  All the exercise in the world is pointless if your muscles and joints are stiff. 

Comment by Phyllis on January 14, 2018 at 9:48am

Monkey, Your son needs to be smacked. Young healthy people have no concept of old people pain, I say as a former young/now old person. The heating pad has definitely been my friend this weekend, I may keep it going for a while. Warming up my back and hips before I get up so rocks.

I won't be doing the Optavia, I finally read the ingredients in the food they push. Soy protein isolate, a lot of different sugars, and then they add in the vitamins and minerals. I should have read that before I contacted the rep. Back to the Medical Medium... I'm going to sort through the book today on what he recommends for eating and avoiding.


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