Thanksgiving kicked my butt. Or maybe it just stuck to it.

Here’s the thing. I found that I was the most mobile and had my pain most in check around the 165-168lb weight range. I could move better, felt more motivated and for darn sure had my pain under control.

But in the 3 years since Nathan was born, I’ve struggled. Big time. I’ve averaged about 175lbs with a high of 184lbs. I noticed that somewhere between 172-175lbs, my knees start feeling it, my back is just a bit tighter and for sure my feet hurt more than usual.

For a lot of us with chronic pain we turn too quickly sometimes to medication for pain management. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if it’s closely watched or recommended by your rheumatologist. But I know for a fact that by the time I get to 175lbs, I’m starting to gobble down ibuprofen more often than I do in the 165lbs range.

The reason I bring this up is because Thanksgiving, like usual, wasted me. High carb foods and lots of it had me back up around 181lbs. I was 178 going into Thanksgiving. I feel it. Oh buddy, do I feel it. Tight back. Sore feet. Fingers not as smooth and joints not as flexible.

So that’s it then. I’ve got 10lbs to lose because I know that will give me more pain relief than chomping down NSAIDs.

Have any of you noticed pain management improves when your weight drops?

I wish you all good health.