achieving financial freedom one lazy step at a time

The health report – April

This is going to be a very short report for the same raison I am a bit late writing this post.

And that reason is that I screwed up my back.

I have only myself to blame. I know I have a weak back (left side, L4 to L5 to be very precise about it). And my back was already acting up a couple of weeks. I should have taken action then by doing specific back exercises and perhaps even stopping my fitness exercises.

But I soldiered on.

On saturday 2 april I even trimmed our hedge which really made my back worse. This was followed by me spending Sunday 03 April sitting in the car or on bad chairs while visiting family and friends all over Flanders. The combination of those two days made a manageable back issue into an unmanageable one.

To put it bluntly: my back was fucked up.

Even the simple fact of getting up from the couch was very painful. So doctors have been visited, pain medication taken and a physiotherapist visited twice weekly.

But even now is sitting in an office chair painful.

Fitness exercises, greasing the groove or rowing all came to a dead stop that weekend. Mentally I am very, very worried that I will not resume my exercise regime even when my back is fixed. Because this has been the pattern in my past. I am reminding myself that I now have a whole new mindset about exercises.

I also decided to not let these rest weeks be a complete waste a redoubled my efforts on eating healthy. This was helped by a week of double painkillers. Tranadol combined with Diazepam really take away your hunger!

I had to remind myself to regulary drink my proteine shakes because muscle loss is definitely happening! I just hope I am also losing fat! At the moment I stand at 105,5 kg.

Thursday I am visiting my dietician and with her I hope to fine tune my food intake to limit the muscle loss but still get below the 105kg while I can not exercise. Once I am able again to do all my exercises I will hope to rebuild the muscle mass as quickly as possible.


  1. Geldnerd

    Well Sloth, sorry to hear this! I had a muscle acting up two weeks ago, fortunately four days of rest seem to have resolved this, and I am running again. But the mental pain of missing out on the exercise was tremendous… Keeping my fingers crossed that your back gets better soon and you can continue the healthy work!

  2. Claudia

    Hello Sloth,
    nothing wrote for 2 months – all ok? do you feel better? at least ping us 🙂

    • FFsloth

      Hi Claudia, I am fine. Back got better, working again, doing almost all my exercises again. But I didn’t feel like sitting behind my desk more than I needed to for work. Life got also pretty hectic with the planning of our wedding. Promise to do a post as soon as my honeymoon is over!

  3. Team CF

    Hope you are filling better by now!

    • financialfreedomsloth

      shoulder still fucked, everything else pretty ok. A bit burned out on the whole FIRE thingy as at 48 you can’t really claim the RE part anymore, do you?

      • Geldnerd

        Don’t give up. Given that the government will require us to work until 65 67 70 or even 75, every year counts….

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