This past week I have been doing a lot of reflecting. A year ago I was in the midst of a miserable summer. I hurt my back in early June and serious spasms. You know that commercial with the older lady- the "help I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial? THAT is exactly what happened. I walked outside after some mini spasms throughout the day and my back/legs just gave out and I literally fell to the ground on my hands and knees. I couldn't stand up- it was the worst experience. I was finally able to get my phone out of my purse and called my friend Cindy to come help (she was nearby). I went all summer with pain- I couldn't do normal activities. I made it through church but couldn't stay for ABF because of the sitting; a 6 hour trip took me 8 hours; I relied a LOT on others. I finally took it upon myself (after not having a good chiro experience) to go to an orthopedic doctor. After physical therapy and no change he ordered an MRI. Final diagnosis came in October- I had degenerative disks (I found that out in August), arthritis in my lower back (also found in August), bursitis in my hips (august) and finally in October I found out the source of all the pain was an enlarged (aka bulging) disc in my lower back. The doctor wanted me to do a few things and keep away from a few things. I stayed away from running for a few months and zumba for 6 before I decided to give it another shot.
This summer- I have had an amazing summer! I have been able to hike, go on multiple extended car trips, exercise for more than 15-20 minutes at a time and zumba again. And, as I mentioned earlier this month I discovered spin. Cycling is one of the things that the doctor wanted me to try but I sort of put it off. I finally decided to give spin a shot and found out that I LOVE it!
So, what have I learned?
1. Listen to your body. Last summer I couldn't do anything- this summer I can. However, I know when my body has hit the wall. I have learned what works for me and what doesn't and how much effort I can give. I have learned that when I have a bit of a spasm to back off and let it calm down instead of pushing through it. I have learned that when it hurts- that's when you have pushed the body too far.