If you have read my other pages, you know that I understand about the ups and down of weight gain and loss.
One day I was driving home from work and as I turned on the street before my street, so i could park in my garage through the alley, someone helped me complete the turn.
That day changed my life. I never went back to work. I thought it was just a "little" accident. However, I soon realized, it wasn't.
I deteriorated over the next 5 years. By year 3 I was unable to get out of bed without assistance. I can not express the pain i as in.
The injury to my back was horrible. The nerve pain was unbearable. Because I was an avid health person. i didn't want to be cut on.
I kept putting any surgery off. I tried all alternatives you can think of to no avail. Then finally I decided to have the surgery.
I was still in pain, but I faithfully went to physical therapy. After about 4 months the therapist said, "Kim, I'm contacting the surgery clinic, because you are not getting better, you are getting worse than 4 months ago."
Normally that type of back surgery is 8 weeks, but I figured since I was in the bed for years, it would just take me a little longer.
So I went to the clinic had cat scans etc and they couldn't believe it. This time the chief of surgery operated on me, and when i woke up I knew it had worked. Because the pain from the surgery was nothing in comparison to the nerve pain i was in everyday.
You can see from the pictures I weighed a lot. If you are confined to the bed for years, you will definitely gain the weight.
People used to ask me how are you making it?
I made it because I prayed a lot to be able to endure. My mindset has always been strong, but there is no way any person can not become depressed in that type of a situation.
Yet I endured, mentally. Now I had to fight to recover. After 2nd surgery, I slowly improved mentally and physically. The physical pain was horrendous, but the emotional and mental pain had become barely bearable. I kept my mind strong, though.
In about 2 months, I was no longer in a wheelchair, I was using a walker for awhile, then my cane.
After about 7 months I joined curves. I joined them because their machines are hydraulics and you use your body weight. So the stronger i became the more I could do. It felt like less stress than weight machines. I went 5 days per week and it was extremely painful.
After 30 days I had lost 8 lbs, and many inches. I looked as if i had lost 15 lbs. I was also now off my cane. Yeay! The next month I had dropped total of 15 lbs but again looked like 25 lbs were gone.
That's why I don't care about what the scale says
I then added walking to my routine. I'd go to the park and then go to curves, daily. If it was the weekend, I'd just go walk. I'd walk for about 45 minutes.
Each and every time when I finished, I stood at my car and cried with my friends because my back would start spasming. The pain was almost unbearable.
This happened each and every time I walked, but after 2 months, it started slacking up. I never gave up and I was consistent. That is the key to success, to Never, Ever Give Up!
After 4 months I had lost about 25 lbs and a whole lot of inches. I looked as if I had lost 40 lbs.
Remember inches are more important than the scale. I toned my body, that is why I looked the way I did.
The last 2 pictures on the left are 4 months after I started going to curves. I don't remember how much I weighed, but you can see how small I got.
I also drank tons of water. I didn't diet, I hate diets, but I improved my eating habits.
Many people suffer injuries or they get very sick and can't get around or they are confined to the bed. Weight gain is more than likely going to happen.
Losing weight or gaining, should be the last thing on your mind. Your focus should be to get healthy.
Don't lose faith. You will make it through.
I tried to make this a long story short, LOL. I Left out many details, that will have to wait for another story. Otherwise, we'd be here forever.
3rd surgery. That is a story for another day, but I am doing fine. :-)
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