"Back" in the saddle

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Good Morning!

I want to apologize for not being able to post yesterday. I have a chronic back issue that flares up every once in awhile for absolutely no good reason. This actually occured on Monday, but I pushed it on tuesday and aggravated it a little more so I had to take it easy then next couple of days. The rest did me wonders and I'm "up and at 'em" again, to quote my Mother.

This is an opportunity to address a common ailment associated with those of us who have a few extra pounds. I've had this problem since my football days at Marian Catholic High School. While I wasn't overweight by any stretch of the immagination back then, I've never been one to work my abdominals on a regular basis. This is a big factor, along with my weight gain over the last few years, as to why I experience this ailment. Another, suprisingly enough, is that I'm a smoker. Smoking constricts blood vessels and can cause pain, or irritate an already existent condition http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/back-pain/back-pain-risk-factors-what-can-increase-potential-back-problems

I do plan on quitting, I just don't plan on doing it right now. I know this is an excuse, but I have too many other things to worry about such as finding a job, losing this weight, and keeping up with my little ones. I know; If I quit smoking, it will be easier to exercise, keep up with the kids and increase my energy level, not to mention help my back issue. I just don't want to deal with another "stressor" right now. I will though, and I'll chronical the process right here when I do set my "quit date"

One thing I have been doing for my back is doing abdominal exercises. I have this old Ab Roller machine that I got from a friend many years ago and I try to do at least 2 times a day. Hopefully by doing these exercises on a regular basis, combined with losing weight, I'll keep these flare-ups to a minimum in the future. And yes, I know that quitting the "cancer sticks" will help too.

I welcome any comments or questions you may have on the subject of back problems or quitting smoking or anything else for that matter!

Have a great weekend and I'll talk about how I'm hoping the kids being out of school will increase my activity level even more (it has to!).

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Greg:

You are doing great. And yes, cigarette smoking can aggrevate your back condition but so can stress and being overweight. I totally agree with your approach...one hurdle at a time.

Your diet and exercise program should be your main concentration. And don't forget, chewing gum not only helps reduce food cravings and provides satiety, you may crave smoking less, too - a 'win-win'. Kind of gives a new meaning to "chewing the fat". Sorry, I couldn't resist... Keep up the good work!

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You know how it goes. The kids come along, there’s less time for you and in trying to keep up with their busy lives, your eating choices aren’t always so hot.

Greg Ortiz is a 39-year-old south suburban man who, tried, with the Sun-Times’ help, once before to get back to the athletic — and thinner — guy he once was.

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