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Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge: How I Take Care of My Health

It’s time again for the Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge hosted by Long and Short Reviews.
Today’s topic is: How I Take Care of My Health
First off, not as well as I should…
Here’s the thing: I suffer from chronic pain. As in, severe pain, all day, every day. It’s fun. Mostly my hips, legs and knees. Sometimes other things will chime in because being left out sucks, but mostly it’s the hips, legs and knees. I have arthritis. I also have sciatica. I probably have other things, but I loathe doctors, so who the heck knows. Now, that being said, here’s what I do to try to make my days more bearable, and my life long and healthy…
Seriously folks, and I’m not body shaming here, because I care not one iota about how you look. What I do know is that excess weight, ANY excess weight (even just a few pounds matters here) is one of the worst things you can do for your overall health. It wears on your joints and on your heart and lungs. Yanno, important things.
Seriously, check out this article, which says in part: “…for every 1 lb. of weight loss that occurred, there was a resulting 4-lb. reduction in knee joint load or knee pressure. Furthermore, it was suggested that individuals who lost 10 lbs. would be subject to a total of 48,000 less pounds of pressure for every mile walked.”
And check out this article about how even a little excess weight can affect your heart.
And if you want to calculate your BMI, go here. My BMI is 25.2 currently, which is considered overweight.
For me, even 5 pounds makes a MASSIVE difference to my pain level. The problem is, I’m actually a food addict. Yes, I know we all have to eat but I have a bevy of psychological issues regarding food. I am a horrible emotional eater. I struggle with depression. One year ago, pre-lockdown, I had nearly hit my goal weight on Weight Watchers. I was feeling good, emotionally and physically, my back and hip and knee pain were pretty well under control and life was great. I’d conquered my food addiction and was living a permanent, healthy lifestyle.
Yeah, right. All it took was a measly little pandemic to toss all that health in the toilet. I gained 20 lbs. in a matter of a few weeks.
In late fall of 2020, when it became clear that “two weeks to flatten the curve” had become “until further notice”, I decided I needed to figure out how to live in a crappy time, stop using it as an excuse and stop feeding my feelings and killing my body.
So … I went back on Weight Watchers, even though they didn’t have weigh ins (I NEED that accountability) and have been struggling ever since. I’m down about 14 pounds from my highest last year, but it’s 2 steps forward 1.5 steps back most weeks.
And I will say, this time weight loss isn’t helping as much with my pain, so … I need to take other steps. Here’s the rest of what I (should) do for my health:
Yoga and/or stretching. This is a freaking miracle for arthritic joints and sciatica. I’ve gotten away from it and I can tell the difference.
Cardio exercise. I walk every morning about two miles, snail slow because I’m walking with a neighbor and her older dog who has to sniff everything. So, this really doesn’t do much for me. It’s a gift to my dogs, and it’s my “people” connection for the day. It’s honestly one of the only things that’s stayed normal this past year. So, lately, I’m trying to not feel guilty for taking time to hit the treadmill for some 4.0 – 4.5 mph walking or jogging every day.
Weight training. Not a lot, and not heavy (I have 3, 5 and 10 lb weights). But thanks to a certain person (you know who you are *G*) I am able to use Peloton for some easy but effective weight workouts. I haven’t done it in a while, but I’m trying to get back on that bandwagon.
More veggies, less sugar. I am a carb addict. When I feed those doggone feelings, it’s always bread or potatoes or ice cream. Since your body treats all simple carbs (like non-whole grain bread and potatoes) like sugar, basically I spent months on a sugar diet.
So, in a nutshell, how I maintain my health: more exercise, more healthy foods, less sitting on my fanny and eating garbage. 🙂

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Chronic pain does suck. Hugs. I get going on the treadmill and have reduced the sugar intake. I wish people would realize, though, that some people aren’t meant to be tiny. They’re not meant to be thin. I agree with the impact on the joints, but I also look at it that some can starve, exercise and push themselves, but will never be that elusive size 2 (which is the exact size my grandmother says is the perfect one – but that’s its own issue…)

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about the chronic pain, especially when you are doing so much to try to manage your health. That really sucks but I admire you for sticking with it. A lot of people would just give up and eat what they want because why not? I’m all about the carbs, too, so I know how hard it is to stay away from them. They are sooo tempting and being stuck at home all the time sure as heck doesn’t help. Ugh. Hang in there!

  3. I feel for you on the arthritis. My dad had it (rheumatoid) bad.
    Re: food addiction. I met someone once who’d had both a cocaine and a food addiction. Her sponsor told her that kicking a drug habit was like putting a tiger in a cage. But, kicking a food habit was like putting a tiger in a cage and then taking it out to pet it three times a day. That’s stuck with me for a long time because I’m also an emotional eater. *hugs*
    Cody misses you, boo! Get back at it! 😀
    Good luck getting back on track though. It can be a struggle at times.
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  4. You sound kind of like my mom. I’d worry more about my extra weight if I wasn’t already working out so regularly. When I complain to my husband who hasn’t been to the gym since last March, that I’m not seeing any weight loss for all of this work, he tells me I’m getting “toned.” I tell him if I wanted toned, I’d play my piano. Sigh. Never thought I’d work this hard for so long, to look like this. But as long as the numbers on the scale don’t go up, I guess that will have to suffice.

  5. I am so sorry about the chronic pain. I have three bad discs and yoga helps with that. I really miss classes. I can’t seem to do it on line. Wishing you well.

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