I have 2 bulged discs in my lumbar spine. I refuse to let that limit me. I refuse to be defined by my injuries. However, they still contribute to the shape of my life.
I had 2 severe flare-ups of nerve pain in 2014. I was in so much pain that my entire life was limited. I felt like I was in a prison. I didn’t have control of my body. My activity was highly limited. I couldn’t sit through a day of work. I was medicated. I had several injections. I was referred to a surgeon for evaluation (who determined I was not a candidate for surgery). Back to physical therapy I went.My range of motion increased. I gained tools for immediate pain management that required no drugs! I started gaining control again, but it wasn’t quite enough.
Cold weather could increase my pain, and wet weather kept me away from the barn. Finally, I determined that something had to change. I vowed to work on my own fitness on nights that I couldn’t ride. If all I could to was stretch, so be it. If I was capable of more, I would start with time on the bike. Not only did I begin to feel a little more in control, I stopped the slow but steady upward climb of my weight. I had lost so much muscle tone and strength over the previous year, and to be honest, I had begun to feel pretty helpless.
|Back in action!|
I stumbled onto an accountability group and decided to join in! I figured the worst that could happen was that I had to stop participating.Participation meant checking in each day with a selfie after completing the workout.
The group started out very simple, and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself capable of the workouts. The number of reps began to climb, and I would get concerned… I would start anyway. I reminded myself that I could always go in sets. Next thing I knew, I was meeting and exceeding the listed number of reps!
I still had pain, but not when I was working out. For the first time in a year and a half, I was having more good days than bad days!
Six weeks later, I joined my first full-fledged Fitness and Nutrition Challenge Group.This group was more intense. The program was more thorough. And I was finally getting stronger!
I completed a full 60-day challenge and I was on fire! I was feeling so amazing and functional, I couldn't old it in! I needed to share this with the world!
So, here I am!!
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