I said I would start cataloging my fitness journey so here is an official "before" pic as I'm barely 2 weeks into my workout and diet regimen.
There were a couple years of my life I would have confidently labeled myself an athlete. Strong, healthy, fit, flexible, yeah all those things. I could sprint, great endurance, I was even in the 1000lb club for powerlifting at 19. At about 21 that would all change. 1st it was the depression, then the extreme stress and anxiety, and after all that, the injuries started to catch up.
Last year I was officially diagnosed with phase 1 and phase 2 subluxation of my upper neck and lower spine (I don't remember the exact L or T). At ~27yr I had extreme sciatica that made me question at what point do I give up and become dependent on drugs.
Going through physical therapy I kept asking the doctors how they felt my odds were at continuing power lifting, since my subluxation hadn't reached phase 3 (permanent spinal fusion and nerve damage). They at first deflected the question and would suggest dieting and would ask "how do you like swimming?" I was fairly discouraged and even scared. I had panic attacks at night fairly consistently since my anxiety only got worse. My dating / love life non existent as my confidence was at an all time low, and since I had spent the last 7 years focused on becoming an engineer.
Here I am, ~40 lbs out of shape, but no more sciatica, only slightly less terrified lol. I have positive anxiety, as I'm anxious to start lifting again. This is only week 2 and in starting at some fairly low weight when compared to my old PR, but I have no pain, and I've regained my flexibility. I'm starting a 50% plant based diet, on top of intermittent fasting. And I'm finishing my 2nd round of physical therapy and chiropractic work.
Please follow along with me on my crazy journey, and hopefully we can all laugh at my awkward Kylo Ren body type.
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