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aimlessaaimless Posts: 372
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:20 AM in Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss
Since I re-herniated L5-S1 last December, I've put on 16lbs. I know it may not seem like much but I'm just 5'2" and I've been the same weight for years. Its definitely due to a lack of exercise due to my inability to move around much, plus some overeating due to depression from being in pain all the time. Cyclical. Nothing new to anyone here, I'm sure!

If I do need to have surgery (fusion or disc replacement) I want to be as lean as possible, so I am motivated to take the weight off. Just looking at my stomach in the mirror every morning is motivation but I still can't quite seem to get there... Okay that's not exactly true, I've been able to take off 2 lbs and keep it off for a couple of weeks. Its a start. Its the day to day motivation I struggle with.

Thanks for listening and I'm inspired to make some progress along with the rest of you (and keep my hands out of the bread basket!!)
Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1


  • and yes please join our weight loss group. we weigh in on sundays and try to encourage and support each other. we will be glad to have you.
  • Day to day motivation is so hard I swear! Come hang out with us and maybe together we can all help each other. Or at least comisserate!

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  • Though my latest diet strategy is trade-offs - if I want a sweet treat after dinner (my weakness) then no snacking in the afternoon, etc. Its worked okay this week but I've been really busy at work so that helps me stay distracted.

    I've also been walking as much as I can tolerate this week (I'm in NYC on a business trip, such a great walking city). I recently started Topamax and Tramadol to combat my nerve pain, its been up and down in terms of effectiveness, but I think I overdid it this week because I have been hurting the past two nights. I go home tomorrow night, I wish I could say that sitting on a plane for 5 hours would help but it won't. I hate having spine issues, I just want to be normal.

    Okay thanks for listening to me whine. I'll weigh in on Sunday!
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • is great at helping with the weight loss! I just could not take the other side effects. Good luck and see ya Sunday!
  • Made me depressed and gave me headaches. I took it for migraines.

    Christina :)
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  • Then again, I also take Wellbutrin, maybe that explains the latter. Definitely affecting my appetite, not craving sweets after meals as I usually do and I get full really fast, I have not finished a meal since I started this med.

    It has, however, made me forgetful (one nickname I read for this med was "dopamax") as in I forget people's names, I forget what outfit I was wearing yesterday (seems innocent, I work in the fashion industry, need to remember the esoteric stuff) and every so often I stop mid sentence, train of thought de-railed. I'm hoping no one notices the frequency of my new-found forgetfulness...
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
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