Sunday, October 17, 2010

Back.

Other than a few book reviews and some delicious dishes, I have been mostly absent from this blog for a few months now. The reason is that in August, I somehow managed to injure my back. I have three degenerative discs and one that is bulging. I've been completely out of commission since then, unable to even do so much as go for a long walk. I've been depressed and eating badly as a result.

So, after three months of this, I decided that when so much is out of my control, I need to take back control of what I can. I've started Weight Watchers again, this time with a focus on portion control and eating good, whole foods (rather than the obsessive, crazy points counting I did the first time). I lost 3.8 pounds in the first week! Once I get back from New Jersey this weekend, I am going to try yoga (even if I have to lay in child's pose for an hour) and get back to working out little by little.

There will still be book reviews here and a lot of yummy food, but I am hoping to get back to my original intent for this space: a place to discuss all aspects of a well-lived life, beginning first and foremost with self-care.

3 comments:

Analiese said...

I'm glad to hear that you're taking steps toward self-care. And be gentle with yourself! Life is always three steps forward, two steps back. Self-awareness is half the battle, and you've got it in spades. *Hugs*

Carolyn said...

WELCOME BACK! And congrats on your AWESOME loss :D

Alison said...

Ouch ouch ouch! Poor baby!

A word of caution on the yoga: be very very careful with forward folds, as they put pressure on your discs. Even child's pose is a forward fold - go in slowly, and back off if you feel even the *slightest* pain.

Also, I know some yoga schools do this, but given your current experience, please please NEVER do a forward fold immidiately after doing a backbend (ie hugging knees to chest after bridge) - its too much of a quick pressure change for the discs. Instead, put a gentle twist in between.

Love you lots - let me know if there's anything I can do!!