In January, I went back to the gym and within a week, my back started acting up. I have had sporadic chronic back pain, but my chiropractor, Dr. Callahan, was a magician and was always able to resolve issues when they cropped up, but this was different. The pain was different, it was more intense and when I stood up, it just got progressively worse. After three sessions, two more than usually needed, I decided to see a spinal specialist. It turns out my past caught up to me.
In college, I wrestled at 123 pounds at a Division I school. When we wrestled other Division 1 schools, most of the time it was against state it was against a state champion. Being in the lowest weight class, I the competition was tougher, because high school wrestlers from 98, 106, and 115 were vying for the spot. That meant even when I wrestled a Division II school, I often met state champs. That resulted in more injuries. My nickname was Johnson & Johnson.
After college, I coached wrestling and as part of my team building it wasn't unusual for me to wrestle everyone on the varsity squad from 130 lb. on up through heavyweight. While remaining relatively injury free during coaching, it still took it's toll.
All this is leading up to the obvious medical conclusion as shown on my X-Rays. I had degenerative disc disease and arthritis in the upper and lower back. Dr. Ahn, the neuro-spinal specialist prescribed an anti-inflammatory and eight weeks of physical therapy. He felt that would do the trick and I would be fine as long as I kept it up.
The PT began improving my situation right from the first visit. I'm
going to Access Sports Therapy here in Raymond, NH, and the really know
their stuff. On April 1, I had my very first pain free day since the
beginning of January, and that's no April Fools joke!
I also resolved to do all that I could to get better, because sitting on my ass for 14 hours a day was not the quality of life I was seeking. In March, I decided to start a diet to get rid about about 15-20 pounds of belly fat that was not doing my lower back any good. It's a low carb diet, though not an aggressive one. For me it was about cutting out processed flour and sugar, junk foods, pastries, and soft drinks. I'm limiting my carbs to 100g a day. By doing that, without even counting, my calorie count has DRASTICALLY fallen. The diet is just a few days short of a month long and I have lost 7 pounds!
Art's Carb-Orator http://carb-orator.blogspot.com .
After a month of dieting, I can truthfully say, I am eating healthier than I have ever eaten and feel better than I have in years. The 100g of carbs a day isn't a starvation diet and I do have hunger pangs once in a while, especially late at night. However, the results make it well worthwhile, and once I reach my goal weight, I will begin to quest for the carb level needed to maintain my weight. Based on what I'm seeing now, even a 200g a day diet will keep me well under 2000 calories a day, which I know will maintain my weight.
It's really fun looking for and tweaking recipes for my favorite dishes. I've had stuffed cabbage, chicken paprikash, and even brownies, and peanut butter cookies. If you have a few extra pounds to shed, check it out.