I just got back from my chiropractors and have been getting treatments the past few weeks due to a back injury that happened at work on April 6th.
Because it’s a work related injury, I’ve submitted a claim to the WSIB to cover my medical costs and wages lost. While I was at the chiropractors “on ice” he got a call from the case worker at the WSIB to confirm the diagnosis and to find out if I have been “faking” the injury. He basically “schooled” her and got me approved for 8 weeks of treatment and wages but said I need to find a job that isn’t so physically demanding. This crushed me…. this job is one of the major reasons helping me to lose weight and get my life back on track. I’m pretty much devastated right now…
I’ve also gotten a call from HR at work and she “hinted” at a voluntary layoff option since it’s so “slow” at work right now. YEAH RIGHT!!! I wasn’t born yesterday!!!! I know they just want to get rid of me at this point – no loyalty from them whatsoever! So my thoughts are after I am treated for 8 weeks, I will take the voluntary layoff and go on EI for a year. During that time I can look for another job (dr strongly suggested an office job) and allow my back to continue healing.
The plan is, if I’m going to be off work for a while, I’ll continue controlling calories and exercising within my capabilities (which isn’t much right now) and hopefully I’ll still lose weight.
I did get myself a heart rate monitor watch with chest strap the other day. Polar FT4 and it’s marvelous! I wear it ALL THE TIME!!!! I’m learning how my body burns calories and what it takes to get my HR into the “zone”! Really enjoying this and it’s a good distraction for me right now.
While I’ve not been working, I try to keep my daily calorie budget below 1500 and still drinking lots of water. I still struggle with making sure I eat enough fruit and veg on a daily basis but am also restricted to what I can buy due to financial restrictions. Unfortunately ground beef and pastas are still cheaper than a bag of apples and salads with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and carrots. And since I’m not working right now, I can only buy what I can afford until something changes in this area.
So basically with all things considered, I think I’ve been doing alright in the area of weight loss and calorie control. I’ve been fluctuating between 215-220lbs over the past 3 weeks and averaging 1100-1500cals a day. Only time will tell if I’m ever able to return to a full time job and pick up the level of exercise I was doing before I had the injury.
I sure could use a personal trainer and therapist right now… ugh…