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Saturday, January 02, 2010

I had another back surgery in August, this time a spinal fusion at two levels (L4/L5-L5/S1), so I now have two titanium plates and 8 screws holding my spine together while the bone grafts heal those two vertebrae levels into one solid piece of bone. My weight limit is restricted to 10 lbs until February (6 months post-op), with no bending, twisting, stretching, or any other exercise which will put stress on my spine, which seems to be pretty much everything. I'm allowed to do cardio workouts now, but only treadmill, stair-master, and eliptical (as long as I don't hold onto the moving hand-holds). I start physical therapy in February, so my physical limitations will change significantly and I'll be able to take a much more aggressive approach to my continuing weight-loss. I really want to participate in some of the spark challenges, more specifically the January fitness challenge, but it seems like my doctor-ordered physical limitations mean that I'm sort of excluded from these. I know that Spark cannot possibly take into considerations the needs of every single member, but it's a little defeating for me. I've had a few set-backs since my surgery and the doctor told me to take some time off from the gym and go back starting after the 1st. I'm pretty excited for the new year and the success that I had last year after my first surgery made me feel like nothing's impossible and that I can lose the rest of this weight (including what I gained back during my 3 months in a back brace with limited physical activity), and be even stronger and in better shape than I was. I know that the spark challenges are just supposed to be an added support and a way to motive and reward myself in addition to my own personal motivation, and I know that not being able to participate doesn't mean I can't reach my goals on my own but I can't help feeling disappointed. It's stupid, and it kind of sounds like an excuse, but it makes me feel like it's just one more thing that I can't do, even though I'm 25 and shouldn't be having any back problems, let alone the ones that I've had thus far. The last few weeks have been terrible, I fell on the ice on the patio at my house, the following week I was rear-ended and while there was minimal damage to my car, I was taken to the emergency room by ambulance and the wicked sciatic pain that was gone post-op has returned. Two days later it snowed like crazy and on my way home from my parents house, I slid into a cement barrier on the highway and did some significant damage to the front end of my car and tore some muscles in my back. I guess I'm just feeling all-over discouraged and the spark challenge is just one more stupid thing onto the pile...

Anyway, that's enough of a rant for now, and I realized that this whole posting is mainly one big run-on sentence, but I do feel a little better. I guess this blogging thing is cathartic, lol... emoticon
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    Hang in there. It will get better- I know!!
    Do be careful with the ice out there, I had the same problem, fell a couple of times 3 months after my surgery. It's been 15 months since my surgery and my life has changed totally. Hope you find the same. Be patient and don't push it too much.
    3866 days ago
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