Did any of you watch the Biggest Loser Tuesday night? There is a contestant on there who is a spiney just like us. She has suffered with chronic pain for the last 12 years and was afraid to do any type of exercise which caused her to gain so much weight. Jillian made her push through that fear and do a back bend that made her feel liberated from her fear for the first time is 12 years. She went on to say that that moment has changed her life forever.
This moment really hit home with me. As you know I had ADR and fusion in 2009, and have had struggles of my own. I am tired of my mind telling my body that it can't do anything for fear of the pain!!!I will not let this happen anymore, its time for me to get off the couch and start living my life again. Now I'm not saying that I'm going to go and run 3 miles or do things that I know are just not possible but there are things that we can do to help are body and mind, and exercise is one of them.Last year I bought these DVD's called walk away the pounds so I pulled them off the shelf and dusted them off. Wednesday I put it in the DVD player and off I went. I started slow (1 mile) which was about 15 minutes and modified things as I went along. It felt good to exercise again and relieve some of that stress that's been building up for the past 2 years. I felt great afterwards with minimal pain. I will do the 1 mile for a couple of weeks until my legs are a little bit stronger and then move on to the 2 mile, 3 mile, and so on.
I will not let my chronic pain control me anymore!! I know that I will have bad days ahead, but will learn to push through them and live life the way I'm suppose too, life's to short. Like my NS said, the mind is a powerful thing, it can help you overcome tragedies or make you think that your life is over, it's all up to you and each individual is different. I didn't think I could get off that damn Vicodin but I did (2mnths) and now onto the next. We're stronger than we think.
Lots of Love-Kathy