The tyranny of the scales

I weighed myself at the gym today, it made me remember once again why measuring myself this way is a waste of time.

When I first started losing weight in 2003, I was going to the gym every second day, and I weighed myself once a week. It was a good way of keeping track of the slowly diminishing number and gave me something to spur me on. Sometimes I’d gain weight and it would give me a fright, but in general, the trend was downward. Once I reached 83 kilos, the weight-loss stopped. I’d lost 45 kilos in about two years, so I was happy with this. Losing more weight would have involved serious dieting, and I didn’t think that was wise.

Since then, I have continued to eat sensibly and exercise regularly, and my weight has fluctuated very little. There have only been two only exceptions to this, in 2008-2009 and 2011.

In 2008-2009 I was very ill, culminating in the removal of my gall bladder. Both before and after surgery, I had trouble eating and dropped to about 78 kilos. The weight gradually climbed and settled again at 83 kilos once I got better. Isn’t that a funny thing?

Last year after the 22/02 earthquake, the huge changes we all went through altered my diet and exercise routine again. My weight jumped to around 87 kilos. I went back to the gym, refocused on what I was eating and once again I returned to 83 kilos.

So here’s my point …. today I weighed in at 84.5 kilos. In the past couple of months I’ve been doing a lot of running, and I know that I have changed my shape – I have more muscle and less fat. I’ve lost about half a dress size in the past two months. Not a lot, but just enough for me to notice that my clothes are looser. So I’ve gained weight and lost size.

So while the scales might be telling a sort of truth, it’s not a truth I want to listen to.

Update on lumbar number four

I’ve seen the chiropractor, Guy, three times now. He’s a nice man, if a little strange. He’s a man of few words, in that soft gentle kind of way. Which freaks me out and makes me chatter nervously when I visit. I wonder if maybe he thinks I’m a bit nutty…

When I asked him if it was okay to do exercise after he’d been cracking my back, he said, ‘yes, no problem’. He looked a little horrified when I responded, ‘Great, because I have an ice hockey game tonight and I don’t want to miss it’. I tried to explain that non-checking hockey is actually much less hard on the body than a lot of other sports, but I sensed his skepticism.

Then the following session I asked if it would be okay to go for a run. He said ‘I could say go for a slow jog, but you won’t be able to, will you?’. Ummm, no. I have two speeds, GO and STOP. And I only really use the second one when I crash.

Anyway, the update. After the first session, the pain shifted from my right hip to my left hip. Weird, but apparently normal. After the second session it shifted from my hip to the middle of my back. And it was OMFG painful. Ouchie ouch ouch! Just as it was feeling better I had the third session. And just the same as the second session, I had one day of no pain followed by LOTS of pain in my back. All normal apparently. Guy seems to think the pain should be gone after two more sessions.

And I think I might just believe him. It does feel different. It’s painful, but much more specific and intense rather than feeling like my whole body is knackered. So that’s progress!

Oh and also, Guy totally fixed my shoulders. They were both hurting, one from hockey and the other from OOS, and now they are completely pain free. Guy says those injuries were easy to clear up because they were new. The back pain is from a 20-year-old untreated injury and my body has been compensating all this time. So he has to work backwards through all the compensations to the crux of the issue. Stephen thinks this is just code for “you’ll need lots of sessions at $50 each” but I think it sounds plausible.

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I’ve been suffering with a variety of aches and pains lately. I’ve had migraines off and on for the past three weeks. They’ve left me feeling tired and washed out. Added to this is my regular lower back pain, which has flared up for reasons unknown.

A new problem is hip pain. When it first started a few months ago, I just figured I wasn’t stretching adequately after running, but it’s become progressively worse to the point where I’ve had to stop running altogether – since it hurts the most after I run. This makes me so sad. I love to run. It’s great exercise – good cardio, it gets me outside, and it clears my head. I’m really missing it.

I suspect that the back and hip pain, the migraines, and the shoulder and arm pain I’ve had for ages from OOS are all related. So I’ve booked in to see a chiropractor, following advice from a trusted friend. My basic assumption about this kind of practice is that it costs a lot of money for not much result – I’m a skeptic. So we shall see if it gets results. At this point I’m willing to give almost anything a try.