Lower Back Pain – The Fix

Over this past year, I’ve struggled with lower back pain.  I noticed when I get out of the car or stand up from sitting position, that I have to give my lower back time to adjust before standing straight up.   Then I begin walking in a way to stabilize/isolate the lumbar region which is similar to a “duck walk” waddling back and forth for a few steps.  What is happening to me and why???

Lower back pain.  I’m sure it’s in part, one of the outcomes from our move back in August.  About a year ago, I remember moving a heavy computer desk.  It was part of the de-cluttering phase to get our home ready to sell.  The desk was closer to the door initially which made the room look smaller.  Therefore, I took out the table on the other side of the desk and moved it back closer to corner of the room which made room look larger.

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As I lifted up on the desk, something happened in my back.  I felt the sharp pain and then tingling. Never had that before.  For the days, weeks and months following, my back was a major issue.

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To get through the move with all the lifting and bending, I purchased a back brace.

It helped some but was terribly annoying because each time I straightened up, had to readjust my pants and such.

It’s now become such an issue that I am forced to take action.  I looked online and found that it’s probably a bulging disc or discs.  I’m seeing my doc this week and will talk to him about it but also going to correct some things myself.

 

Use lumbar supportive cushion in desk chair, sofa and car seat.  

I’m sitting in my desk chair now with a pillow behind my lower back and feet planted square of the ground.  This is helping immensely.  When I get up out of the chair, I turn it to the side, brace the arms of the chair and life up to standing position.  There’s no pain.

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Do exercises that force the lower back to arch in correct position.

I found this graphic below which is a great outline of the exercises that help reduce lower back pain.

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Work on posture with stomach tucked especially while walking/running.

Also, I notice my back hurts while lying in bed.  Check out the helpful images below of how to position pillows to help with such.

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This is my plan.  I let myself get so out of shape over last 2 or 3 years, that things like this are popping up now.

Hoping to get back to better health soon and with it, a stronger back for better support.

 

Pain…Hello Old Friend

How soon you forget all of the pings and pain that you pushed through early on in training.  After only a half mile, the muscles in my lower legs ached.  Almost a welcomed feeling.  Your first thought is to stop, but then you remember.  In the past it took to get to mile 3 sometimes before that pain went away.

That was my cue to push through it.

Today with the wind chill well below 0 Fahrenheit, I gathered up my gumption and headed to the Y.  Not being a member and not wanting to spend precious time filling out forms, I bargained with the clerk to let me do the treadmill today and I’ll come back with forms filled out tomorrow.

He agreed.

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Because I am starting from 3+ years of doing nothing, I walked 2 miles at a pace of 3.4 miles per hour.  Could have gone another mile but not going to push it for today.

It felt pretty good and I just kept telling myself, “Be patient it will all come back in time.”

I don’t plan to spend all of my time at the Y, but on days like this, I’ll now have some where to go that is close to home.

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I love winter.

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Will be back out there soon enough.  For now, the treadmill is my friend.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Keeping it Real and Organic (or trying to anyway)

Well, first and foremost…Cypress has got her groove back.  She’s much better thanks to the antibiotics. 

Sunday is always a full day.  However,  I still got my hour in of running/walking.  I like to hit the trails more now that it’s cooler and trekking on the mulched trail feels good to my feet and knees.

Before Mass I have a number of things I have to get done.  Then afterwards…the cooking begins.

Today – I fixed (wrestled) a 13 pound turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, cut strawberries, cole slaw and made some snack packs for the week.  Then browned some hamburger (grass-fed beef ) for Alex’s taco’s for the week.  About half of everything was organic.  Some of the produce wasn’t but I used a special wash to get rid of the pesticides and such.   Tomorrow Jim is grilling some steaks (grass-fed beef).  Then we just heat stuff up through the week.  I bought some Wild Alaskan Salmon, which according to Jillian Michael’s, is the best thing you can eat in the protein list.  I also have traded in sweetener for Xylo-sweet.  I’m a lot more conscious of artificial sweeteners, preservatives, growth hormones, pesticides, etc.

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Todays Fresh Mix of Mash

Last week, I bought a copy of Jillian Michael’s book, “Master Your Metabolism.”  It’s about identifying and correcting hormone imbalance so your body’s metabolism functions at peak efficiency.  Did you know, that diabetes causes you to gain weight in the abdominal area?  Also, that is a sign that you have too much insulin in your system.  Abdominal obesity – for women abs that measure more than 35 inches.  I have done a lot of reading over the years but that’s the first time I’ve ever read that.  I think this book may be onto something.

I used to be able to lose weight fairly easily, but the last few years, all I can do is put it on and not take it off.

It’s been 2 weeks since the half marathon in KC…so recovery is over.  I have walked and run a little during that period but not a lot.  I’ve dropped about 6 pounds too.  It’s not hard to be motivated to exercise with the beautiful weather we’ve been having.  I love seeing the shapes of the Sycamore trees they stand out due to their white bark.  They are like living art along with the colored background of all the other trees.

I am continuing my exercise regimen and hope to overcome whatever the issue is with my metabolism so I can lose the extra 20 pounds.  Jillian Michael’s may be my “wing girl” as I go through these motions.

I am getting a lot done this weekend.  Many things that I had to let go while my training increased for the race.  I’m finishing some things up today along with some more cooking.  Yesterday I made some Beef Enchiladas, Spicey Tuna Cakes and 2 loaves of bread.  Today, I’m making Alex’s Chimichanga‘s, chicken salad and celery/carrot sticks.

Also, I have patiently waited 2 months for my highlight to grow out.  If you recall, 2 months ago a well-intentioned hair dresser gave me darker hair than what I was used to or preferred.

I had it lightened as much as possible, but had to settle for a different level of blond than my usual.

 

 

This is what I’ve been waiting to get back to and can’t wait to even make the appt this week.  I know that hair is pretty frivolous when weighed against World current events, economy, etc.  However, I more handily deal with that and other things when my hair is the best it can be.  Me and Samson, it’s all about the hair.  No wonder I didn’t finish under 3 hours in KC!  It was the hair.

Who’s up for a quick trip to NYC in April???  The  More/fitness Magazine’s Half Marathon is April 15th in 2012.  We could raise a lot of money for PRC‘s,  go to a fabulous health expo and pre-race dinner.  Get our hair done at my favorite salon – Jean Claude Biguine on Avenue of the Americas and run with some incredible women through the best park in the U.S.  What could be better?

Where is your favorite travel destination??