All of my adult life I weighed 105. Except when I was expecting and I always gained 15 to 20 pounds with my pregnancies. Before 6 weeks, I was back down to 105 post labor and delivery. I wanted to weigh 110 but no matter how much I ate, I could not gain weight. I blame it on a high metabolism. I couldn’t be still. I just couldn’t. A friend of mine told me not to worry about the sharp hip bones and bony knees because she was convinced as I got older I’d gain weight and then would complain about it. And she was right. I have been slowly putting on weight over the past couple of years. In fact, I weigh the same weight as I did with my last pregnancy. 120 lbs and rising. Although I like having some curves, my back has been screaming at me. I’ve got to shed the weight that I longed to gain for years. Just walking around my home is torturous on most days due to the area of my back injuries. I did have back surgery after being turned down for it by 17 specialists who were convinced it would fail. It did. But my main pain is from an SI Joint injury that happened at the time of my other injuries, and the gap is widening slowly but surely. Surgery is not an option. There isn’t a doctor anywhere who will touch my other back injuries. They’re non-fixable.
I’m a stubborn old coot. Even when my surgery failed and I was bedbound for years afterward, I woke up one day and decided I wasn’t going to live my life in the bed, no matter how painful it was to get up and no matter how much more damage it could possibly do. Years later, I’m able to do many things that were unimaginable at one time. So I know, that I have the willpower to shed the extra pounds that’s causing me unimaginable pain. I’m a warrior. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “I am woman, hear me roar” that’s me. “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman.” I’m roaring and I’m on a mission.
After having a consult with my doctor to determine the best route for me in my weight loss quest, he recommended I start walking which could potentially help strengthen my back in the area of my injuries, and with luck, it might even prevent the area from widening. Because I can’t hold up like a normal person (imagine someone stabbing a knife in your back every time you take a step), 1/4 of a mile has been a challenge. I wanted some “tools” to get the most out of my walk. I might as well work on firming up while I’m losing the weight. If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do it right. Keeping in mind that I can’t lift over 5 pounds, I came up with three items that I knew would help me to shed the pounds without breaking the bank and more importantly, my back.
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Moving on along.
My 3 must have items:
Pedomiter. I’m the kind of person that has to see for myself that I’m making progress. A fitbit wasn’t in the budget (I have some exciting trips and vacations coming up) but my new Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology does everything I want it to do for a small price. I’m a budget shopper, what can I say.
Swing Weights (3 lb pair). There’s a big difference between chronic pain and soreness. These weights make me sore in a good way. I know that they’re working to boost cardio fitness, burn more calories in less time, and are strengthening and toning my arms & shoulders. I can feel it. In a really good way. To start with, I didn’t use these to walk. I used them as I would weights. I wanted to get used to the weights without overdoing it so I gradually worked my way up to using them while walking. I have to do everything in baby steps. Another inexpensive product I feel adds to my weight loss journey.
Ankle/Wrist Wraps (2 lbs). Every move I make will be felt in my back. I wanted to start small with ankle weights and work my way up. I was torn between 2 lbs and 3 lbs but the 2 lbs won out. I don’t want to injure my back, I want to help strengthen it. I’ve spent all the time I plan to in the bed and I’m not going to do anything that could jeopardize that. So 2 lbs it is. One day I hope to be able to wear these all day. It’s going to take time. Again, baby steps.
If you’re on your own weight loss journey, I’d love to hear about what helps and inspires you to stay on track. What weight loss tools do you rely on to help you reach your goals?