The biggest hurdle for me was realizing that I had gained weight, that I was unhealthy and that I really needed to do something about it. Finding clothes became more difficult as I got bigger and eventually the only clothes I could find that fit, were in plus-size stores. That I think might be when it hit me, I was overweight.
Growing up I was never an extremely active child, I wasn’t good at sports. I really didn’t realize why I wasn’t any good at them until I was older. But when I was younger I just couldn’t play sports well like the other kids. This made me hate gym class!
I always knew I had a problem with my hips but it never really bothered me much till I was a teen. If you look at me in this picture to the right, you would have thought I was uncomfortable standing that way, but for me it was normal.
I was born with inverted rotation of the hips (Hips turn in) and Hip dysplasia (My hips were further into the socket than normal.)
This made it hard for me to do a lot of activities.
- I took shorter steps when I walked
- No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t run fast
- I had a hard time sitting cross-legged
- I wasn’t very flexible
Basically any extra pressure on the joint would hurt. My hip-joint would rub up against the socket. Sports that involved jumping or running were hard on the joints and would quickly cause inflammation.
As I got older and put on more weight the pain got much worse! Eventually I wasn’t able to even go for short walks without being in pain. This really kept me from doing a lot of activities. My doctor told me that eventually I would get arthritis in my hips and I would need surgery when the pain became too unbearable.
At one point I remember thinking, this is it, I’ll always be overweight, I’ll always be in pain and there’s not much I can do about it. This is my life! How can I lose weight if I can’t even exercise without being in pain?
Then I thought about it for a while and realized that the pain really didn’t start getting bad until I gained weight. So, what if I deal with the pain for a while and try to lose the weight? Maybe that would help. What do I have to lose? I’m already in pain, what’s a little more, if it’s going to help me? I didn’t want to end up 30 years old and having hip replacement surgery!
I needed to so something before it got even worse. This is around the time that I met Rosy Ghannai and her mission of losing 150 lbs in a year inspired me to get off my butt and get moving. I knew it was going to HURT, heck everything I did hurt, so this wasn’t going to be easy. BUT I couldn’t accept the fact that this was how I would feel for the rest of my life.
To watch video of Rosy during her transformation check out my Youtube channel. You’ll learn about some of the workouts she was doing, the foods she ate and what her motivation was to start this transformation.
That decision changed my life . I can now go for long walks and not be in pain, I can even jog on the treadmill. That for me was a HUGE achievement.
I used to be on medication for my hip pain, I don’t take it anymore. I used to have headaches everyday, not anymore. My knees were starting to hurt from the extra weight, they’re fine now.
It’s amazing what a little exercise and taking off some weight will do. I actually started noticing a difference after the first month and I’ve only improved since.
I know my doctor use to tell me that if I lost weight I wouldn’t hurt so much, that the pain would go away. I really didn’t believe him and nobody explained to me why it would help. I always just thought it was a clever trick doctors used to get patients to try to lose weight. :)
So with that said if you check back with me in the next couple of days one of my next posts will be me explaining (after lots of research)why and how exercise and eating healthier can take away your aches and pains.
In the meantime, if any of you have stories of your aches and pains and how you’ve overcome them with a healthier life-style, please share. We’d all love to hear them!