Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shoulder Pain; Weight Gain

Shoulders are more delicate than they seem. There's a joint that is easily injured (don't ask me its name) and muscle/tendon structure called the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff injuries can be treated or repaired if they aren't left to deteriorate. Untreated, they can become irrepairable and leave you in constant pain. My mother suffers this pain every day.

A few days ago, I went to the doctor because I had shoulder pain and worried that I might have a damaged rotator cuff. It turns out that I just had shoulder strain. However, when I looked at my chart, I noticed that I had gained 20 pounds since 2005. I knew I had gained weight, but 20 pounds!

I admire the attitude of loving your body no matter what your weight, but I intend to get back to my 2005 weight. Those 20 extra pounds aren't causing me any pain at this time, but I have 20 pounds of fat that my heart has to pump blood to and my knees have to carry. Besides, my dance partners are starting to lose their balance when they dip me. Despite the concerns of friends and family that I was too thin in 2005, I remember a day in July that year when I painted the house in 104 degree heat, then danced my brains out that night.

For next time: how I think I gained it and how I plan to lose it.

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