I read this blog BUT DID YOU REALLY TRY?, and it made me want to share.
I used to have chronic back pain, I attributed my back pain to my job and working long hours and being on my feet. I went to a chiropractor, I got an MRI. It showed a bulging disc and degenerative disc disease, at 40 years old. I wondered how I was going to work like this for another 20 years. I lived on Ibuprofen….1600mg/day and muscle relaxers. They helped some, but it was temporary. They treated the symptom for awhile. Then I developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot, which I also attributed to my job and my shoes. I bought implants for my shoes and new shoes thinking it would help. But it didn’t.
It wasn’t until about 4 months after I really started changing my life, working out and eating differently, that I realized that my back pain and foot pain was actually going away. After I lost all of my weight, I realized the truth was, that all that extra weight, lack of exercise, and eating crap was what was really causing my pain. I no longer depend on medications for pain, because I fixed the underlying problem, the problem that was causing the symptom. I quit carrying around an extra 40 pounds everyday. I quit feeding my body crap that kept me from healing, and I strengthened my core along with the rest of my body. No more back pain, no more plantar fasciitis, no more hip pain. Yeah, I think I can work another 20 years. If only I would have known this earlier.
Whenever I hear people that are overweight that complain about their back pain or foot pain, I just want to help them. I wish they would realize that if they could possibly try to change their lifestyle by exercising and eating better, they might also be rid of their pain. and maybe they can get off those meds.
When I think about quitting, I just go in my workout room and pick up 40 pounds. And I remember that I was carrying this much around everyday….all day. No, I don’t want that back, not even 5 pounds of it.