Pain and exercise
Monday, August 25, 2008
Well, it's a bad day for me. I did more of a workout than I should have on Friday and then spent Saturday moving things around in the house, getting ready for some renovations to be done. As you can tell from my group memberships, I have some back problems that I live with and generally keep under control, but I *so* overdid it that I had to take today off work in order to rest everything and take some pain meds.
It's a conundrum for those of us with pain issues. I need to work out in order to strengthen the muscles that support my spine, but I have to moderate how much of a workout I can do for exactly the same reasons. The latest advice I got was to lose the weight first and then focus on working my abs. The way I feel today, I think that's a good idea.
It's also really difficult not to eat a lot of junk when I feel like this. I don't want to stay on my feet for long to fix real meals. I'm bored, but brainless, so I can't really focus on a book now. I don't have a TV anywhere in the house where I can lie down (remember those renovations? My bedroom is a shambles). I'm a bit depressed by the fact that my best exercise efforts cause me pain. Add to that the fact that the pain meds lower my inhibitions, and it's a binge waiting to happen.
Luckily, my DH is here with me today and he's helped remind me how stupid mindless munching would be. I allow myself one over-eating day a week, and I took that yesterday. Today I'm going to keep myself on track and try to amuse myself in ways other than eating.