Health Update: Weight Loss or Wheelchair

I’ve been putting off writing this blog post for a week now. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I had an MRI scan, well the results are in and it’s not the news I’d hoped for but it was the news I was expecting. My quite ruined back is absolutely ruined, my dodgy disc has now vanished, leaving bone rubbing on bone and I have multiple disc bulges.

I’ve been referred for pain management, physio and told to think very careful about my next surgical option which is getting my spine fused. In the meantime I need to lose some weight to take the pressure off and to help get me fit for surgery. It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve spent much of the past week crying. I will not feel sorry for myself now, I have a project to focus on. Losing weight.

I’ve done it before. In 2013 I lost about a stone and a half, mainly through starving myself and walking miles, but starving myself isn’t a sensible option. Nor can I walk for miles, I just don’t have the time these days. So what am I going to do?

I’ve logged back in to ‘My Fitness Pal’ which is an app where you diarise your food and exercise each day. I’m aiming to eat around 1300 calories a day to begin with and its already starting to have a positive effect. I’ve lost a couple of pounds in just under a week. I’m feeling positive about that. I’m trying not to drink, or drink as much. I went to the pub with a friend and drank diet coke and survived. It’s doable.

We’re going away for half term and I’m not going to deny myself nice food and drink, but it will be in moderation, I’d just like to get a bit of a head start on losing weight before I go.

As for exercise, well I am quite limited in what I can do. I spent Monday morning helping out at school and both of my legs have been numb ever since, I know resting will help the feeling come back, it’s just stuff from inside my discs pressing on some nerves. It’s weird, it’s worrying but it’s kind of normal for me.

I can walk, so when I can I will. I can swim, so I know I must make an effort to get down to the local pool during their ridiculously restrictive swimming times. And I’ve just bought myself a Fitbit which should help me get an idea about my current level of (in)activity and hopefully help motivate me to improve.

I think long term it’s going to be about making small changes, keeping moving, drinking less, making better choices about what I eat. It’s a long journey, a lifetime journey but if I want to stay out of a wheelchair and on my feet then it needs to be done. Wish me luck.

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10 responses to “Health Update: Weight Loss or Wheelchair

  1. Good Luck on your journey. I also use MFP and a fitbit

  2. good luck my darling. your plan sounds really sensible and i know you’ll do really well getting to where you want to be. Let’s add dieting to our list of ‘what type of buds we are’ x

  3. Oh Jane – its v hard – but you are totally thinking in the right way – taking small steps to ‘betterness’ – if you fancy company on a walk any time let me know xxx

  4. You can do this darling, I know you can. And if you need recipe ideas or stuff, let me know xx

  5. Good luck! My Dad had spine fusion 2 years ago, his spine wasn’t as bad as yours, but he was walking with a stick (he’s in his 50s), the difference 2 years on is amazing. So it will be worth it x

    • That’s actually very comforting, thank you for sharing that with me. It’s a really big operation as you know, I’ve had enough surgeries to be a bit fed up of them and keen for no more, but if there’s hope of real change then I’ll go for it. Thank you xx

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