New to diet & exercise please HELP!

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Jul 29, 2013 6:51am
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Hi there! A little about me: 26 yr old female... Im short, measuring in at 5'1" I have scoliosis & a accute lower curve in my back. Im a bartender so Im on my feet moving around 40 hours a week when I het home at 2 am im ready for bed! I am wondering what I can do to be easy on my back for workouts yet still tone & lose weight? Also, I drink tons of water with a lemon slice for flavor, I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I tend to eat alot of steamed veggies with chicken cooked many healthy ways otherwise steamed fish. I splurge once a week for a snickers bar, I never drink pop. And a few times a week ill have a glass of 2% milk. Could it be my metabolism? If so how do I fix that? please help!

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Your diet sounds really good. The thing with our bodies is they get used to something and it knows exactly how many cals to use. You will need to change up something. Either add some cardio, not sure what type of restrictions you have. Or change up your diet a bit. I'm no expert, but I think if you just added a few workouts from here you would see some changes. What do you weigh? Do you have weight to lose?
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Jul 29, 2013 12:34pm
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Thank you Lisa. Yes I gained weight when I was layed up from a head injury 2 yesrs ago. I used to be 130 lbs. Now, 170... the drs want me down to nopre than 120 because of my back, not sure I want to be that tiny! But its hard to lose when my back hurts all the time.

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Jul 29, 2013 12:44pm
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Sounds kinda good what your doin sweetie try something better for you feet

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Jul 29, 2013 2:10pm
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Hi there, I'm sorry I don't have much time to reply, but here's a couple of starting points:

a) you don't have scoliosis, you have "a" scoliosis. The term means a curvature of the spine away from the midline. That's all. It is not a disease, it's a description of your spine's alignment. That's a good thing, because this provides you with some scope for recovery. 

b) There will be two likely causes of this. Either it is structural due to the injury you alluded to and unable to be changed drastically or it is muscular and will respond to massage / physical therapy treatment (NOT chiropractic or other alternative therapies like acupuncture) that allow muscles to lengthen and strengthen.

c) It is not a life sentence. If you are determined you will find ways around it. Back problems can feel debilitating but search around for a REALLY good sports doctor or sports physiotherapist and explain to them your goals and desire to have them help you find ways around your current issues to achieve your goals and wellness. A good therapist will listen  to your goals and determine your level of determination to succeed.

Remember the default is to give you safe advice, not determination to achieve. You need to be clear in your own mind about how serious you are and then be able to verbalise this to your health provider. 

If not, you will get the safe option given to the average sedentary patient. 

Look at it this way: if an elite athlete goes to a health practitioner and is told something like "you'll never play again" they go to someone else and say "ok, so everyone tells me I can't achieve this, I'm not accepting that, how do I prove them all wrong?" And they keep asking until someone tells them how. Human achievement is full of examples of how someone achieved incredible things in spite of all the advice they were given. 

You can be this person too 


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Jul 29, 2013 2:14pm
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Oh, I should add the curve in your  lower back is called a lordosis and whilst you are supposed to have that curve an excessive one can be a sign of shortening in your iliopsoas. 

A physiotherapist or (hard to find) good massage therapist can give you stretches to help this. 

Good luck!
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Jul 29, 2013 3:22pm
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I was told I have scoliosis, my upper curve and lower curve sideways, one to the left the other to the right its very visable when I bend over, and yes the lower curve isfar in excess of what "normal" is, so from front to back it curves to far forward, and looking from my back it curves to the right about 3 inches. The top curves to the left not quite as far as the bottom at about 2 1/4 inches.

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Jul 29, 2013 3:23pm
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Also I should add, I have no health insurance due to how much it costs these days!! It would tske my entire paycheck every two weeks and I have bills to pay. So I cant go see any specialists...

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Aug 3, 2013 12:06am

Charlene B, Message me and I have something that can help you.

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