Désolé Monsieur le kiné

Still having occasional back pain, I had my second visit to the kiné (physio) last night, 13 more visits to go the next one is tomorrow night.

When we arrived it was obvious that the kiné was a bit peeved by the intervention of our Généraliste (GP). Of course it was not at all our fault, but I felt I had to say désolé (very sorry) to the poor bloke. He’s a pretty happy go lucky guy, a really nice bloke. He once told me that because he is basically blind, he suffered quite a lot of abuse from his Dad. Now he works 12+ hour days – our appointment was at 7.15pm when most people are at home preparing their evening meal.

When I said sorry, he said to me “no problem” – but then added “That GP really is weird sometimes. Does he want you to crawl on all fours before getting better (a French expression to say taking things slowly when it really isn’t necessary). I told him that he said to me that I’d eventually end up on the operating table, which doesn’t really instill confidence.
Pity really because up to now I thought our GP was quite good. But if I’m being honest I think he is trying to say “do some sport you fat bastard” – only very politely.

He is right of course… I have put on a helluva lot of weight over the years. When I look at the photo taken of me 14 years ago – shown in my previous post – I sometimes think its a totally different person.

This week I’ve cut down on eating cheese (I eat too much) and am eating more fruit, even if it is a compote. Cutting out starters and putting a little less on my plate. Have already dropped a kilo.

The idea is that at the end of these 15 sessions with the kiné I’ll be well enough to start doing some exercise… I’ll be borrowing the PIL’s exercise bike while they are away in Brantôme.

Me and exercise are complete strangers, but something really needs to be done if I’m going to be in a good enough shape for when the new baby arrives…

0 Replies to “Désolé Monsieur le kiné”

  1. Pilates! cannot recommend it highly enough, it was designed for people who have been seriously injured to regain mobility so you can do it at any level of fitness or age and you will not hurt yourself -you don’t lose weight as such doing it, butyou tone up, which makes other kinds of exercise much easier. go for it.

  2. I’ll have to look into that. Thanks.

    At the moment I’m in no position to do any exercise, though. Earlier I bent down to clean the floor of the fridge and was nearly blocked in a squatting position when I tried to get back up again!

  3. I first posted this as a reply on Facebook, but I don’t suppose you saw it!

    Actually, if you want to eliminate the back pain and drop the weight as well, then eating more fruit and less cheese is about the worst thing you can do.
    I suffered from many years with a “slipped disc” caused by an accident — including visits to GPs, clinics, and osteopaths.
    These days, I eat high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb, have lost 19 kg, and the back pain has not troubled me seriously for over a year.

    To explain a bit more fully, the trouble with fruit is the fructose content, which has to be processed in the liver and cannot be burned directly in the muscles, unlike other sugars. As a result, it tends to cause weight GAIN rather than loss, and in extreme cases can cause both gout and Type II diabetes.

    The health police don’t like this at all, of course. And if your +fruit -cheese diet works for you, that’s great.

    But if it doesn’t, don’t give up in despair—there are lots of resources to help people shed weight, and I’ve spend 20 years working through the research!

    Bon dimanche!


    1. Thanks Archie and sorry I’m afraid I didn’t see your post on Facebook. So thanks for posting here.

      I suppose my main problem is a tendance to eat between meals, things like crisps and biscuits. Which doesn’t really help a lot.

      Another “problem” is that I’m too fond of potatoes – so bang goes the low-carbs there!

      Somehow I’ll find the right balance, but stopping the snacking between meals and not eating too much at mealtimes would be a good start!

      Merci encore et bon dimanche à vous aussi.

      1. Actually, the snacking could be a good place to start!

        Instead of the crisps and biscuits, or following the conventional advice and eating a piece of fruit (which satisfies nobody!), try keeping some hard-boiled eggs and plenty of cheese in the fridge.

        Then when you want a snack, shell one of the eggs, cut it in half, spread the cut halves with (real) butter, and enjoy it. Or munch a chunk of cheese on its own. Or both. A fistful of nuts won’t do any harm either. Or a chunk of sausage… a chorizo is usually easier to munch than anything else.

        You’ll find you don’t want any more to eat for quite a while after a snack like that.

  4. Oh, and by the way, contrary to your tweet, chorizo is not in the least fattening. And the more you eat of it, the less you’ll be bothered by your addiction to carbs, and the slimmer you’ll get!

    1. Cholesterol is an innocent victim of medical malpractice and drug company marketing.

      It is arguably the most important molecule in the body… essential for cell building and repair, forming a large part of the brain, and assisting with energy transport, it is the substrate both for the synthesis of sex hormones (and many others) and for Vitamin D, which is formed from it, in the skin, with the necessary energy being provided by ultraviolet light.

      There is no reliable correlation between high cholesterol and heart attacks. There is no correlation at all between dietary fat intake and cholesterol levels—the body simply makes more if there is not enough in the diet, and vice-versa.

      In point of fact, the real danger is cholesterol that is too low… very low levels are associated with sudden death from heart attack, with vulnerability to infection, and with depression—which is a double-edged sword as low cholesterol also means low VItamin D, a cause of depression and susceptibility both to infection and to cancer.

      So don’t worry about it… eat your animal fats, raise your cholesterol a bit, and lose weight into the bargain, without really trying. I’ve been doing this, and lost 12 kg in 18 months, and am now down 20 kg from my peak weight of 95. And I feel more energetic than I have since I was 30.

  5. People with low cholesterol are more susceptible to cancer. Cancer feeds on sugar and carbohydrates, not fats. You’d be well advised to go as high-fat and low-carb as possible.

    But it’s up to you, of course!

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