vicente's Journal, 02 March 2014

Back to gym this week, but can only do bicycle. Thankfor for that at least! Back problems well--they suck
132.0 lb Lost so far: 2.0 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed reasonably well.

Diet Calendar Entries for 02 March 2014:
444 kcal Fat: 12.53g | Prot: 17.42g | Carb: 68.49g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Morningstar Farms Veggie Breakfast Sausage Links, Blueberries, Van's All Natural Multigrain Waffles, Shady Maple Farms Certified Organic Pure Maple Syrup, Strawberries, Cream (Half & Half), Sugar. Dinner: Ravioli with Tomato Sauce. Snacks/Other: Tap Water, Sugar, celestial seasonings jammin lemon ginger, Celestial Seasonings Tangerine Orange Zinger Herbal Tea, Celestial Seasonings Country Peach Passion Herbal Tea, Celestial Seasonings Black Cherry Herbal Tea. more...
1553 kcal Activities & Exercise: Housework - 1 hour, Resting - 15 hours, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
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I used to have chronic back pain. I used to roll out of bed and sit on the edge until some of the pain went away, or lay on my back and brought my knees up one after the other to give them a pull to stretch things out. I started lifting weights and discovered that the thing I feared (and I started very light) was what I needed. Deadlifts. I only do them once a week now with good weight, but if I miss them, the back starts to ache again. When you're ready, give them a try. Keep your weight on your heals. Knees and feet wide and in the same line. Knees should never be farther forward than your toes. 
02 Mar 14 by member: northernmusician
i've been using a rowing machine. good core workout, low impact, effective aerobic workout and has done wonders for my back. 
02 Mar 14 by member: timconard
Was looking at a 4th surgery January, 2013. Got into strength training...particularly core/abs. It was the best thing I could have done and the orthoped said that strengthening the muscles keeps the spine straighter, less pressure. 
02 Mar 14 by member: ClassicRocker
Thanks for everyone’s encouragement. I have been doing weight training for about 3 years, arms, legs, back and using elliptical for cardio, but last year developed severe pain in my left leg while walking, It progressed until I could not walk ½ a block. I live in a city so walking is all I do. This went further to pain in every position, then pain in my lower back and spine. Went to an Orthopedic Surgeon was diagnosed with scoliosis and spinal stenoisis. The scoliosis was there since I was in high school, but I was unaware of it. The stenoisis is in two places in my lower back and one area in my spine(think left buttock). There is some pain in these places but most of it is down my entire left leg and into the toes. The stenoisis involves the nerves so I take medication to help control nerve pain, but it doesn’t stop it and there are the side effects. The only time there is no pain is when I am leaning forward so this is why I can ride a bike with no problem. Surgeon says that surgery cannot be done because it will weaken all of my back due to having scoliosis also. I want to start weights again, and my trainer says that I should do them while sitting down with my back straight up against the back of a bench or something. I am not sure what kind of lifting this is. One thing is that I will know if I can do these successfully a few hours after completion, because that is when any stronger pain will begin and last for several days. If you know of anyone that has successfully dealt with this and continued to lift or if you have any more thoughts of things I can do, please post them. I will appreciate all comments.  
03 Mar 14 by member: vicente

     
 

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