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Feb. 15th, 2012

If you're wondering why new posts are kind of scarce, it's because I seem to be working out a lot these days. Three times a week I have physical therapy for my back, and three to four days I have my regular gym outings. Today was the seventh physical therapy session out of 12-18 sessions projected so far. These consist of a warmup (usually treadmill), stretching, a basic weight training circuit, then some specialized exercises designed to stretch and strengthen lumbar muscles. These exercises use contraptions that almost look inspired by medieval dungeons. But the therapists are very friendly and professional and it's hardly like torture at all. I do the stretching at home and work; consistency is key, I'm told. I'm noticing improvements; my left toes are no longer numb, and my back cracks for the first time in at least four months.

At the gym, my trainer has me focused on lower weight exercises, with specific emphasis on form. This is pretty important, given my back issues and some odd things happening in my shoulders (not pain, just... odd). It's not as much fun as leg pressing 750 pounds or more. The change is for the best, though. Learn things correctly, and thoroughly, and then the bigger, fun stuff can come later, and I can keep doing it.

Along with that, I've been eating better. No fast food, very little soda, hardly any potato chips, no added salt, salads every day... it's been the hardest part, very stressful, and a month in it still feels more like denial than a celebration of health. But I've lost about ten pounds since the beginning of the year. If I can get past feeling deprived, it'll be awesome.

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georgelicious
Feb. 16th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
Keep it up Charlie! Good to hear you're taking good care of yourself and congratulations on the weightloss!
songdogmi
Feb. 16th, 2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Kind of wish I did it before I got old and set in my ways, but better late than never, I guess.
kenny2fl
Feb. 17th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
That sounds like a good program. My therapist told me "maintain the arch in the back". Twenty-seven times a day I tell myself "maintain the arch in the back".
songdogmi
Feb. 19th, 2012 05:43 am (UTC)
I'm hearing something like that a lot too, but it's hard to make my body remember it. They say it takes two weeks or so to retrain the body to sit properly. I know I'm not doing it now -- apparently it's very hard to sit correctly on a couch. Bummer; I really like this couch.
kenny2fl
Feb. 20th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I have a semi-inflated beach ball that I put behind my back.
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