Yes, I cheated yesterday & I’m back up to 168lbs. Yes, I am not making
progress yet, but I’ll get to that in a moment. So, I’m all excited about the running and then, wait. not so fast…
Here’s the deal with the Dr. Seems I didn’t mess up my back last month – my back’s been messed up since birth. Pars defect of spondylolisthesis. This seems pretty crazy given the fact that my back has always been so strong. But He’s got the fancy doctor’s office with the PA, nurse, waiting room & all, so I’ll have to acquiesce.
A genetic defect in my spine that I’ve had forever. This was good & bad news, but mostly good. Good – no spine fracture. Bad – vertebrae slippage. Good – treatment only requires at-home PT. Bad – no more running.
“No Running For You!” From the exercise nazi. ( a Seinfeld reference, yeah.) Remembering I am in a positive place now, no hard feelings. Deep relaxing breath. I am so glad I didn’t blow that $165 on those running shoes. Moving on from here I just need to figure out where to go instead. I was excited about the running because it was making an impact on the weight loss. But I think the impact on my spine in future years will be too high a price to pay. Hmmm, what to do instead.
High repetition weight training. Core work outs. Notice how we intuitively gravitate towards what is best for us? My favorite form of exercise has always been weight-training. Seems with the situation with my spine, this was probably the best, aside from maybe swimming. (I hate swimming in chlorine) Now, back to the problem I was having a few months ago – why has it become so hard to go upstairs to the gym in my house and weight train?
Well, it seems for now, I have the PT exercising to do as I prepare for my long rides starting next week. (OMG, so soon?) That will keep me busy to begin. Then I’ll just have to resort to forcing myself through the first few days. Maybe I can do it like the cycling & give a beginner weight-training class. Seems like when I have people show up for something, I seem to get the work done.
Maybe I’ll get back to serious practice with the fire-spinning & belly-dancing. (yes, that’s me in the picture!!) I guess I just worry that the calorie burn won’t be high enough. To off-set it, I’ll have to dramatically increase my lean muscle mass. I gotta tell you, it is hard to ‘feel-the-burn’ when doing hip-shimmy’s & belly-rolls. Sorry this is such a whiny, boring post today. Get this off my chest & tomorrow head in a new direction.