Well, I received some bad news from the doctor but I don't want to dwell on it too much until we know for sure what's going on. My spine, right between my shoulders, has been bothering me off and on for months and I've just been thinking it's stress or something. I changed my pillow, started exercising more, etc, and nothing really helped. It's just a dull ache, kind of like sore muscles or a bruise, so I just ignored it. Finally, last week, we noticed that there's swelling. The doctor thinks it's osteoarthritis but I find that hard to believe. I'm only 48 and my health (and weight) have always been good. Anyway, we did an x-ray and I'll find out in a few days.
Meanwhile, I've been told not to run until further notice
. I'm trying to be optimistic - if it is arthritis, maybe I can do core stengthening exercises, like Pilates, to gain muscle to support my back (which would probably be a good idea anyway) and then I can ease into running again. Or maybe I'll discover a new sport all together.
No matter what's going on, I'm not going to let it get me down.
In spite of little exercise, I did lose half a pound this week.