Making Some Changes

I had to adjust to a new reality recently. In fact, I’m still going through it.

Losing over 40 pounds has not been without its side-effects. You never hear about the drawbacks of weight loss, only the benefits. Well–not to discourage anyone who is trying to lose weight–my particular drawback has been a new sensitivity in my hips and tailbone.

Do I want to gain the weight back? Absolutely not. So far, the benefits still outweigh the costs. I am now down to half a blood pressure pill a day, and the Florida heat hardly bothers me at all anymore. I fit into the world better, making it more comfortable. But I realized that I needed to do something about this chronic pain if I want to get back to my old writing schedule. And I started in the past few weeks.

The first change is I moved my recliner into a different room, and moved an old reclining couch back in our family room. The reclining couch does not recline back as far as my old rocking recliner, so all my weight does not end up concentrated in one place at the base of my spine. I also realized that some strategic positioning of cushions has been making the problem worse, not better.

The second change is to move my writing area back to an actual desk, instead of any recliner. So I bought a nice office chair and started working at an old writing desk I had. However, my laptop is too large to fit into the area designed for the smaller laptops of yesteryear (ok, so the desk isn’t that old), and the drawer prevents me from pulling my new office chair all the way up. I looked around for a nice corner desk, but they were all too elaborate and expensive, and looked too difficult to move. (I know because I’ve had such desks in the past.) I will be visiting a used office furnishing store this week to see if I can find an old Steelcase corner unit, but in the meantime, I have pushed two 4-foot tables into an L shape. It is comfortable enough that I have been able to work here off-and-on for most of the day. My next book finally feels like it is taking shape.

The last change I am making is exercises to pump up my — er — derriere. There’s no fat at the base of my butt anymore (although there’s still plenty higher up), but I know there’s muscle back there, so if I can bulk it up a bit, maybe it won’t hurt to sit anymore. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the past ten years, is to not let your muscles atrophy. It actually causes pain. My shoulders usually don’t bother me anymore, and if they do, a nice round of the same exercises that my therapist taught me is as good as a pain pill. The same kind of thinking keeps my feet from hurting. An old friend who was born with no kneecaps told me that if she had not kept exercising over the years, she’d be in a wheelchair by now. So where there’s pain, I tend to add exercise. I’ll report later if it helps–I just started yesterday.

I guess these are good problems to have, rather than the problems my obesity were causing and threatening to cause to my health. Still, a problem is a problem, and it’s encouraging to take some steps to solve it. The last step I intend to take is to mention the issue at my annual physical, which I need to schedule. Hopefully the doctor will be able to recommend some things I haven’t thought of.

7 Thoughts to “Making Some Changes”

  1. I found ten of the pounds you lost…want them back? But seriously, good on you. I deal with the hip and tailbone pain too, and they’re no fun, but healthier is still better.

    1. Do you have trouble with sitting and writing through this pain? I end up sitting very straight, more on my thighs than my hips.

  2. Good job with losing unneeded weight. {SMILE}

    I’m glad you figured out he furniture. I’ve been using our old kitchen table (suitably cut down) for a desk ever since Dad decided being able to walk around someone was more important than the extra counter space. It works pretty well, in part because it isn’t very deep, and neither is the spot it needs to fit into. {wink, Smile}

    And best of luck with the exercises. Sitting shouldn’t hurt, and keeping muscles from atrophying is good. {SMILE}


    1. Thank you Anne! The change in posture is hurting, but it’s difficult to keep up for a long time each day, which I need to do in my job as a business analyst. Not to mention my side-job as a writer!

      1. I hope the change is helping not hurting. {concerned look}

        I’m not surprised a good, maintainable sitting posture is pretty important in both lines of work. I hope you find something that helps soon. {Smile|


        1. Thank you! I honestly think I’m on the road to recover. Sitting now more comfortably than I have in a long while.

          1. Oh good. That does sound promising! {BIG SMILE, REALLY BIG GRIN}

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