3/16/10 - Okay, here goes! I'm going to try and lose 20 lbs by May 29th! This ought to be interesting, considering that I'm pretty much a sedentary type of person. I used to be quite active, danced ballet at least 4 to 5 hours about four times a week, used to be on a swim team, used to keep up with my kids.................all used to's. Now, I kind of just sit around, don't do much because it makes my back hurt too much. I injured my back in a "ballet mishap" back in 1987. I was performing in a can-can 'en pointe' and I had to do some really fast fouette' turns. I hit a chink in the stage floor with my toe shoe, and fell out of the turns...........had I been in a rehearsal I would have gone flying off to the side of the stage and caught myself, thus avoiding a fall and injury..........but, this wasn't a rehearsal. So, I tried to save the turns, I did a couple soutenu turns in place, then I resumed the fouette turns. But fate had it that I would hit that chink in the stage a second time, and this time I lost my balance while turning, and going backwards at the same time. My right leg whipped out of the turn, I caught the stage with my right leg under me and since my momentum was turning to the right, I ended up in a crouched position on my right leg and the force of coming down on my leg and basically being folded in half as I hit the floor, caused my right fibula to break and the nerves in my 5th lumbar vertebrae be exposed.
Needless to say, it's been 23 years since the "ballet mishap" and I have had pain everyday since. Thus, losing weight will be a struggle...........but, I'm willing to try.