As a Spiney, managing my weight has become my biggest problem. I lost 50 pounds back in 2013 (actually 66 pounds down from my highest weight), but I have gained 30 of that 50 back in the past 9 months. I am very disappointed in myself, but now trying to lose the weight again and stay positive.
I've always struggled with my weight, but the depression that has come along with dealing with my spine condition for 7 years has worsened my relationship with food and I often binge eat. I eat and drink alcohol to cope with things and because I have had so many surgeries in such a short time that means that my whole life can be described by the yo yo effect. I eat to replace what I have lost because of my spine health.
I love physical activity, I love working out. I THRIVE off of it. It keeps me sane and significantly helps my depression. Now all I can do is walk. I will try swimming when cleared by my surgeon in a month or so. I love to exercise, but yet I can't do much.
Who else struggles with their weight? Anyone else have a really hard time with the fact that you love to exercise, but you cannot? (And yet you have so many people around you who can exercise, but hate it and don't have the drive to do it like you do)
If anything has helped you, please share. I am currently trying out juicing after watching the documentary "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead". My doctor has reviewed the protocol I am going to follow. If I can keep my depression at bay I know I will be successful with the juicing and drastic weight loss, but the biggest challenge is always maintaining the weight loss. Knowing that a fusion will be the next step in my treatment (when my currently herniated disc gets really bad) has made me feel a seriousness about my weight that I have never felt before.
I truly hope I can get it under control and best wishes to anyone else with the same struggle. I could use an accountability buddy if anyone is interested.
25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.