Monday, March 14, 2011

Ever Wonder How This Is a Temple?

I used to take super good care of myself. I walked or rode my bike everyday, I did crunches and aerobics, worked at the gym and weighed 155 pounds. Then low and behold one week-end I joined at 5 K walk in Phoenix along some paved roads and sidewalks & started feeling pretty bad.

First, I thought I had just overworked my body so did the hot soaks, heating pad, NSAID's to relieve my pain, but it got to the point, I could not do leg lifts anymore without crying. Off to my families terrific Orthopedic doc back then and after some poking, prodding, physical therapy that didn't work....he sent me to a surgeon!

Degenerative disc disease and lots of other long word terms for 'Lady your back is a train wreck, we need to operate.' I wasn't ready for back surgery so we tried the facet blocks in my back and those lasted less than 24 hours.

A move to Washington, rain, cold, lack of exercise, on a cane due to bad ankle break & I have packed on the pounds like a cake decorator packing on icing on a wedding cake. Not quite 100 pounds, but close enough for government work as the saying goes.

Why? How? Some of it was not eating properly and always eating junk food, some was laziness but the rest is hurts, I hurt all the time!! Not one, but 2 back surgeries later and I feel just as bad on some days or worse...but I am determined to get better! Today on a scale of 1-10 for pain, I am off the chart!

The bible tells us in 1 Corninthians 6:19-20 'Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own? You were bought for a price (the blood of Jesus) therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit which are God's.'

Ever wonder why like the picture above, you only see me sitting, bending or hiding my body? Because I know instead of taking care of it, I have neglected it. So many Americans are over weight and so many people living in the community where I do are simply....obese.

I see women who can't walk because................well, I won't go into the graphics, but I know that I do not and will not look like these women. In spite of the pain I feel, I am going to continue to exercise and do my best to eat right and I am not going to give up.

We have all heard stories of the people who die from body abuse....drugs, alcohol, smoking, etc. We can also die from food abuse and body neglect. I do not want to die, I want to live and feel better.

Anyone else care to join me?


Scrappy quilter said...

For me, its not only about excersise and eating right. It goes way deeper to a spiritual level. Yes it's about the pain and back problems, etc. (I have constant pain too), however this goes way deeper. At least I know it does in my case and I think it does in most cases of weight problems. God's been doing a deep work in me when it comes to all of this and I'm beginning to see where this all comes from. I won't sit back though and wait for a complete healing (inner). I'm determined to work to get this weight off along with all the other baggage that comes with it!! I just came back from my walk. It hurts yet it feels good to walk too.

autumnesf said...

Me! Oh! Me!

The last six years I've packed on serious poundage also. Not real sure how its happened...but it has. I'm up 60 pounds and wont even look at myself in the mirror.

I've never been one to do much other than go for walks or play outside. And moving to cold weather makes me stay in even longer. Now add the new quilting obsession and you have lots of on your butt time. Just keeps getting worse.

Hi. My name is Autumn. And I too am a train wreck.

Quiltingranny said...

Scrappy and Autumn,together we can keep moving...Autumn I work out in my living room!

katiemedarlin said...

You can do this. How do I know? I did it. I've had back surgery - 4 screws and 2 8" rods. In the couple of years prior and after, I managed to gain 150 pounds and it's not like I was a lightweight before that. When you can't move, you can't MOVE!

Several years ago, I decided to make positive changes in my life. I've been eating healthier and have managed to lose 137 pounds. So BELIEVE you can do it. I still have a ways to go, and I'm okay with that. I continue to eat properly.

Two years ago, I started riding my bike. A real, outside bike. I just love it. And I do it 8 months a year. During the winter, I do the Wii.

I know you can do it if you just set your mind to it. My husband grumbled about the healthier eating part, but he's adjusted and has lost a bit of weight too.

Positive mental attitude, focus and determination and it will happen.

As for the surgery, I'd say you're right to hesitate. I had good results, but not everyone does. If you decide to pursue it, pick your surgeon, do your research. Remember, they work for you, not the other way around.