Recently my neck pain (2 previous operations for herniated discs – see bandage in pic above) has really flared. I’ve had to curtain exercise. So far, my weight has stayed the same. I’m sure I’m losing some muscle. I’m trying to walk more (even the elliptical and treadmill hurt if I push myself), and reduce what I eat. For the past 1.5 yrs, I’ve been able to eat as much as I want as long as I eat healthy foods. But now, I’m cutting back from 1/2 cup brown rice and lunch and dinner to 1/4 cup; 8 oz sardines instead of 12 oz; etc.
Last time I had a physical challenge like this was after my appendectomy 2 years ago – my surgeon told me to stop doing weight training for 2 months to allow the abdominal muscles to heal. I used that time to increase my incline and speed and time on the treadmill.
Now, I think I’ll have to walk slower, but longer, and more often for a while. Fortunately, it’s getting to be spring, even if Chicago – walking along the lake is a joy!