It has actually been more like yearly weigh in or like the dentist, twice yearly. So last week I weighed in at 269.4 lbs. This is the heaviest I can ever remember being.
It isn’t all bad news however and I feel like there is a silver lining to all of this however. I had been taking a series of body adjustment sessions to help alleviate my sciatica. Right now I feel better than I have in a long long time and so I am hopeful that I can now get back on track with better exercise more often.
The body adjustment I am talking about is similar to Rolfing in that it is a series of sessions addressing all the body parts and freeing them of old “fused” positions. That is maybe not as well as I can explain it but it will be a start for me to build on.
Basically when a part of the body is injured our body compensates for it and makes adjustments so you can move around “normally.” What this does though is weaken the injured area and over develops the others making some weaker and some stronger. This affects the muscles which over time contribute to actually readjusting the spine and other key elements of the bodies framework. This in turn causes undo stresses which have consequences.
What my body was doing was trying its best to contort and realign to compensate for lots of things so was out of alignment all over the place. After going through my sessions I feel like my chest can expand more, I am not slumped or stooped when I sit or walk and I feel generally better about my forseeable future, more so than in years past. Now I can start to stretch and regain some much needed flexibility to help prevent this from recurring again.
I also had a acupuncture session for the very first time last week. This was to help with circulation and reduce swelling. If my wife and I can swing it financially I will take a series of these treatments as well to help speed the process of healing. If we can’t I progress at a slower pace and am not out anything really.
As it stands, unless I have a very expensive MRI and even more expensive possible surgery I will be trying non-surgical modalities for treatment for this issue. That is the route I have chosen to take unless I see no improvement in the next year.
My new mantra has got to include more regular activity. Fortunately with prepping for the big house painting project I have had to wash and scrub the outside of the house, remove cobwebs, hornets nests (hornets included), and other debris in order to get the house ready to paint. I do remember many a time when I actually had a job that required me to be physically active and what it was like to actually sweat for a living. There are parts of me that appreciate that line of work. Some elements but not all are missed.
I will try to be better about regular updates and have toyed with the idea of before and after pictures. That might be interesting although I would likely save that until the end and create a cycling slide show.
More to come…