...to get back into shape.
I had lost quite a bit of weight over the past couple of years (quite a bit of it in the last year, too). I really had started to feel like I was taking back control of my health. Unfortunately, last November I got kidney stones and pretty much had to stop working out for a while. By the time those passed and the doctor okayed me to begin working out again it was time for the Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas, and then New Years. During that time I also moved into the house I had been building. I did not maintain a very good diet or exercise much between Thanksgiving and New Years (other than going for a nearly 40 mile backpacking trip through parts of Smokey Mountain National Park). I thought I was going to start working out again in January, but I kept having trouble breathing and finally a sore throat and a cough began to set it. I went to the doctor and they told me that I had “walking pneumonia”. The antibiotics cleared up the “walking pneumonia” fairly quickly but during the treatment I had some chest x-rays. The doctors guessed that I must have had the “walking pneumonia” for a while because there was some slight scaring in my lungs and my lung volume was WAY below normal when I took a breathing test. So, they put me on prednisone for nearly six weeks (I finally got to stop taking them about week and a half ago or so). During that time the doctor said I shouldn’t workout or do anything strenuous. Between not working out for nearly four months, having a poor diet around the holidays, and taking the prednisone, I’ve gained 25 lbs (most of it during the time I was on the prednisone… damn steroids).
It’s really stressful to see yourself lose weight and then gain part of it back again. I had mostly maintained a healthy attitude, though, because I kept telling myself that I lost the weight before and that I will lose it again. It just takes time and it’s for my health… the people in my life that love and care for me will accept me regardless.
I was really excited when the doctor told me I could start working out again and I could stop the prednisone after my lung volume tests improved dramatically. So I started upping my efforts in my martial arts classes again and I started doing some body weight strength training exercises, burpees, and jumping jacks. I was ready to start loosing weight and working towards being a healthier me. But now my damn hip is killing me.
I was born with a slight hip deformity and it has caused my right leg, hip, and knee to grow in a way that isn’t quite normal (you really can’t tell it… most people don’t notice a thing, but occasionally someone will ask me if I’m limping… I just walk slightly different than most people). I’ve had chronic hip and knee pain in my right leg since I was a teenager but it’s mostly been mild. The doctors told me that it would worsen with age and that eventually I’d probably need to use a cane and take pain medicine (they also said any corrective surgery would probably just result in causing it to hurt more, too).
This hip deformity hasn’t ever really stopped me before. I’ve always been active with hiking, caving, rock climbing and things of that nature. I got into running last year towards the back half of my weight loss. I ran a 5K obstacle course last year, and I’ve even managed to get a second degree black belt. I’ve always been determined not to let my hip hold me back.
But now the hip pain has gone beyond a slight chronic pain and is really starting to hurt. I’m sure part of it is that I’ve gained some weight and the tendons and muscles just aren’t used to supporting that kind of weight while doing strenuous exercises… but it’s a catch-22 because I feel I can’t lose weight without doing strenuous exercises. The burpees I’ve been doing lately really made me realize I’m getting older and that I need to start taking this hip things seriously. The past week (especially since I started a recent burpee goal) have been very painful… and it’s not muscle pain it’s joint pain. I know the difference.
I feel stressed about this and, to a degree, it’s making me feel self conscious when normally I would be optimistic and just try to keep things in perspective. I need to find a long term sustainable way to stay fit despite my hip. 14 months ago