Ack! Scatterbrain!

I just remembered that the only reason I brought up my visit to the doctor this week was because she told me not to run! She was like, “The pounding is probably making the pain worse. Running is really bad for you.”

And I was like, “I lost and kept off 200 pounds running – running has been really good for me!”

And she was like, No. Not anymore, it’s hard on your joints, your bones, everything.

So now I’m kind of casting about trying to figure out what I do if I don’t run. I’ve pretty much tried everything at this point, and running is the one consistent thing I will do. At this point it’s not about what I can or can’t do, it’s about what will I do consistently to maintain my weight? Yeah, I like occasional variety, but running has been my fall-back position for over a decade now. I..don’t like contemplating a future where I can’t get my exercise needs taken care of by slipping on a pair of running shoes and heading out the door.

I usually strictly follow advice from doctors but I’m…considering not in this case.


5 Responses to “Ack! Scatterbrain!”

  1. Figgy Says:

    Hi Laina, I would love to be able to run, but right now I can’t even walk very far! I have lost 34 pounds on OptiFast so far, and I was thinking my joint pain would be improving, but it’s actually gotten worse now that I am exercising more. Due to this setback, I am looking at alternative ways to get my exercise in. I suppose it’s good to think about diversifying now, and maybe I’ll come out of it with a stronger exercise habit. I have relied on walking/hiking so much, and I don’t want it to derail my efforts just because I can’t do my favorite activity.

    Funny thing, I am now a Jillian Michaels fan, too. I found her book in a free library on the street where I work, and really like what she has to say.

  2. Trystan Says:

    Running has a different impact on different surfaces. Running on concrete (sidewalks, streets), while the easiest to find, is definitely the hardest on joints. Running on a treadmill (yeah, boring as hell) is much lower impact, as is a track (like at a high school, that not-quite-sand, not-quite-gravel stuff they use for the official track & field surface).

  3. Donna Says:

    All more stuff intensive, but easier on the knees … biking, swimming, rowing.

  4. Laurie Says:

    She thinks it would aggravate your shoulder pain? Have you noticed increased pain after running? Or maybe less pain when you were doing DVDs instead?

    You know your body. This is one of the few times you might be right and the doctor might be – well, less right. 🙂

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