Life as a morbidly obese woman was HARD! Besides the everyday stares, looks, and comments, I had pain. Back pain, knee pain, and hip pain. By the age of 37, I felt like my life was over. And then I had my "a-ha" moment. That moment when life suddenly comes into focus, a plan gets made, and things start happening.
My "a-ha" moment happened while I was trying to play kickball with my kids (#tampatrio ) when I fell and twisted my knee and ankle very badly. I couldn't get up off the ground. I was in pain. And standing over me were these three little babies. 2, 3, and 4 years old. And they were crying saying "mama get up, mama get up." And I couldn't. My oldest ran inside to get my husband and he came out to help. He couldn't get me up either. He had to grab a blanket, roll me on it, and drag me in the house. It was awful. Humiliating. All I could think of was laying on the ground and having my babies stand over my body, crying. Is this what my life had become? This could have easily been a heart attach. And there was NO WAY I was going to let that happen. And that was my "a-ha" moment.
Life is very different now after losing 200 pounds. My back doesn't hurt. In fact, I'm able to deadlift over 200 pounds (240 to be exact!). My knees still hurt a little bit, and so do my ankles, which is why I no longer run long distances. I can run about a mile before I need to stop and walk. It just hurts. But I can walk for hours and hours. Fitness is a LIFESTYLE for me, and I need to be able to be active every single day. I need to listen to my body, and if it tells me to stop running because the pain is not the good kind of pain, then I'm going to listen to it and stop. I'm 42 years old and in the best shape of my life!
I want to be a 90 year old woman lifting weights and walking races. And by doing activities that I love and listening to my body, I'm giving it my best shot!
I have a great giveaway to go along with my story of how losing weight stopped my back pain!
There are 3 chances to win an iPad Mini 16G (WiFi) and Amazon gift cards. To be eligible to win these, you need to:
1. Register as a user at MedPress.com by January 31, 2014 to be entered into a random drawing.
2. Follow MedPress on Twitter (@MedPressForum), Like them on Facebook, and then register at MedPress.com though the rafflecopter giveaway below.
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3. Leave a comment on this post telling me about any back pain you might have (prior to January 31, 2014) to be entered into a random giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card!! One lucky Metamorfit fan will be randomly chosen through random.org
4. Join @MedPressForum, me @JennyMetamorfit, and other bloggers including ll the co-hosts @denisermt, @CK_Lunchbox @dadcentric and @itsajourney1 for a Twitter chat on January 21st at 8pm EST where we will talk all about spine health. We'll also giveaway TWO additional $50 Amazon gift cards during the Twitter chat. Use the hashtag #healthyspine
There is a lot of opportunity for you to win, and learn about how to keep you and your back healthy and strong! US Addresses only, please.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Med Press for sharing my story of back pain and morbid obesity.