Part of our weekend challenge for the first week of the BLC20 is to blog about our goals and what we will do to reach those goals for the 12 week program, as well as post before pictures.
I was at my goal weight of 145 for quite awhile (fluctuating between a few pounds) and have gained since getting ill. I was at 164 this past Wednesday, however weighed in at 158 this morning. I'm not sure if it was water weight being held over from TOM or too much sodium (from eating those "healthy" soups) but I'll take it:-)
My first and foremost goal is to get my back into healthy shape. For those not reading my statuses, I hurt my back while picking up some heavy boxes when I moved in with my DH (at least I think that's what did it!). I have a herniated disk with L4 and an extruded right-sided disc herniation, L5-S1 with Thecal Sac and Nerve Root Impingement (diagnosis from the MRI) causing sciatica from the buttock to the ankle on my right leg.
I went through physical therapy with my chiropractor for 6 weeks, trying to get relief without medication. Although some days were better than others, I still wasn't getting the pain relief. I finally went to an orthopedist this past week and he put me on the Medrol (Methylprednisolone) 6 day pack and gave me Percocet for the pain. I am continuing Physical Therapy with my chiropractor as well as working on strengthening my core, hamstrings, glutes and quads at home. I go back to the orthopedist on 9/24 for follow-up. If this doesn't work, I may have to have the disk removed. Please pray that it works as I do not want to have surgery.
Two other goals are to start tracking my food and fitness again. I've really fallen off track with doing both of these and I know that they were the key to my success in the past. That's another part of this weekend challenge, so I'm glad it got me thinking about it again. I tracked yesterday and so far today. I thought it was taking me too much time, but really it's only 5-10 minutes out of my day and will show me where I need to change up some things based on how I weigh in.
I desperately want to get in cardio exercises, however my doctor has advised against this for now until my back is in more stable condition. I can't wait until I can start again as I also know that this was a key to my success.
I believe that if I can accomplish all of my goals within this twelve week period, I can get off some of the weight that I've gained and be much happier with myself.
So, here are my before pics taken this morning at 158 pounds and no make-up...don't get scared!
Here's to all of us getting healthy the right way! I've done it before and I know I can do it again!!!
PS...I love my Blazing Blue Bombshells! They are also a key contributor to my success as I know that I can always count on them to provide encouragement or a swift kick in the boot-ay, if needed:-) Love you ladies!!!