Things changed when I was 18. With school finished, and driving license earned, walking was not a norm any longer. With no extra curriculum activities, and a decent allowance, eating out became the norm. By the time I entered university, I was slightly over weighed and not liking it. I incorporated swimming into my daily routine, but did not manage to shake the extra weight off.
Until I had my first surgery in 2002, and out of sheer will power lost 16 kilos while doing my postgrad in Australia.
After getting married, although I regained a few kilos, I managed to keep my weight down through diet and exercise. After having my first son, I had difficulties losing the weight once again. Walking didn't seem to help, and it was even harder to lose weight once I started having severe pain from the broken implant.
After the second surgery, the weight was still a struggle to manage as I entered my 30s and metabolism took a different turn.
I forced myself to pay for a personal trainer and trained like mad. Controlling my diet this time around was harder because with a kid around, the mum always becomes the household garbage disposal (finishing leftover and whatnot!).
I then lost 8 kilos. Then I conceived and gave birth again.
And now the cycle has started again. Here I am, at the same weight I was at after my first son, and struggling to lose it once again.
The difference now is that I dare not go for personal training again because there is no medically certified trainer at my gym at the moment. My previous trainer had moved to another establishment and is no longer an option. I dare not choose another trainer for fear that I might be putting my spine in jeopardy if bad training was given. Spinal Inc. has also discouraged me from pursuing personal training with an uncertified trainer who might cause the curves to worsen further.
So now I am at my wit's end.
I still go to the gym three times a week at least, but with a baby at home, I cannot work out as long as I would like to.
And why do I bother talking about the weight issue?
Because, here's the thing..
I believe being overweight is bad for your spine. Your spine strains to carry the weight. And any extra strain would and could cause discomfort or pain. And as this holds true for people that do not even have scoliosis, imagine what it could possibly do to us, those with scoliosis.
The bottom line is, I believe people with Scoliosis should strive to keep their weight down, at a healthy range.
Wish me luck!