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Temporarily Sidelined

Monday, June 18, 2012

I've been temporarily sidelined by pulling something in my lower back. Now I have 2 new moves that I will eliminate from my exercise repertoire. Both exercises were new ones that the instructors were trying out. On the first one, I was able to tell the instructor the next day (when she had the class do it again) that I hurt my back when I did it. She told me to modify the exercise, looked around at the rest of the class to see that they were having difficulty and then she changed to another exercise. The second exercise I had done once before without a problem. When I attempted it on Saturday, my back started hurting right away so I immediately stopped the exercise. I skipped anything else that even remotely made me feel any pain. I finished the class very gingerly.

After leaving the gym I drove to the grocery store to restock our healthy foods and suddenly had a pain in my back that took my breath away. I paid for the groceries and had someone else load them into the car. I carefully carried the bags, one by one, into the kitchen when I got home. I put the things away that were absolutely necessary and went to lay down on the bed. I put hot packs on my back and did some gentle stretches from past physical therapy for my lower back. I continued this routine through Monday and am feeling much better but still twinge badly if I stand in one place for too long.

I am pleased that I immediately stopped doing the exercise as soon as I felt the pain. I didn't try to push through the pain to prove something to myself or the rest of the class. I extended my rest period to 2-3 days instead of just one day. I'm trying to be tuned into my body and what my body needs. Right now, the message I'm hearing is rest, heat and working the muscles very gently. I will take it easy on those muscles for several weeks - not over working them - until the pain is resolved.

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L*I*T*A* 6/18/2012 10:54PM

    so great that you were able to recognize the difference in the pain....
way to go in taking charge of the situation.....
you do know your body very should we all ....
hoping this will resolve quickly for you soon..
blessings and hugs.............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 6/18/2012 6:09PM

    So sorry you've strained something again. I just hate that. You were making so much progress. Well, hopefully, it is a minor setback. I've sure had them. I know with your attitude you'll be back on it just as soon as you can. So glad you have grown in wisdom and are listening to your body and are resting as you need. Missed you at the Y today, Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 6/18/2012 2:54PM

    We just never know what will set something off. So glad you have things under control again!

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Getting Excited About A Visit From DD

Thursday, June 14, 2012

My dd called me tonight to tell me that she is mailing a package to herself to our house. These will be items that she won't want to put in her suitcase when she gets on the plane for her trip to visit us. I seem to have lost track of time and when she called it dawned on me that in just a little over one week she will be here for her visit. I'm getting very excited! I know that we will have a great time. I just hope that the weather will cooperate!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/15/2012 4:11PM

    Have fun!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/15/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy your visit! So glad you are getting together again!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 6/14/2012 9:23PM

    what a smart dd you have!!!
never would have thought of that!!!
enjoy the rest of the week..
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SHAMROCKY2K 6/14/2012 9:17PM

    GREAT idea she had about sending things via mail. Have a great visit.

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Taking Ownership For My Exercise Program

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

I have been very good about monitoring my posture and pain levels this week. I'm proud of myself. Even when I'm the only person in my water classes who doesn't use weights, if it isn't a weight day I decline. Today our teacher did several exercises where we used the weights to float in the water. I did those exercises with no weights and no floatation device. The teacher just shook her head and said, "Cyndi, you are so amazing! You manage to float and maintain good body form and I know this exercise is really challenging without weights. I am really impressed. Your core is getting a such great workout!!" That comment made me feel so good about myself. I don't even explain why I'm not using weights any more. I just say, "no weights for me today." Not feeling like I have to explain myself to everyone for making a decision is a real big deal for me. I'm feeling like I'm in charge of my own exercise program. To be honest, I've always been in charge of my own program but now I'm taking ownership for it and just doing what is right for me - no more giving into outside pressure to do what someone else thinks is right. It feels good.

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KJS_MOM 6/15/2012 11:28AM

    emoticon emoticonThat's what I'm talking about!!!
BTW thank you for your comments on my blogs. I LOVE them.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/13/2012 3:46PM

    Good for you!

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Day #4 Taking Care Of Me During Exercise

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Today was day #4 of taking care of myself during my water workouts. My goal today was to be on the lookout for signs that I needed to change my body posture or position to one that would not stress my neck, head or shoulders. I was surprised that when I paid attention, I could feel a cramp in my left shoulder that went all the way up my neck and into the back of my head. I also got some mild shocks at the base of my skull. These are danger signals that indicate a major problem for me and for my body position.

Instead of ignoring it, which is often what I've done in the past, I immediately stopped and stretched the affected body parts. Then I did an exercise that worked the same muscles but worked them using a different body position. The pain never reappeared. Interesting!!! This was an eye opener for me and I am now clear on what positions I must avoid. I guess a part of me just figured that since I've done so much healing, I should be able to return to doing normal exercising. This was a big misconception on my part according to my neurologist. If I want to avoid injury and pain, I must resign myself to finding alternate ways of working my muscles that don't stress my head, neck or shoulders.

I've decided that I am quite capable of asking the instructor for tips on new non-stressful positions for me to complete my workouts. Today was a prime example. I can't do some exercises from a plank position or by floating on my stomach. I told my instructor that it caused neck pain and she made an announcement to the class that for anyone who felt neck pain, here was a different position. Surprise! Out of 16 participants, at least 3-4 other people switched to the alternate position. Then when we did crunches on our backs, the instructor automatically offered a vertical crunch position. Again, when I looked around, at least 3 other people had switched to the vertical position. Now I feel totally at ease with asking for alternate ways of doing the exercises.

The moral of the story is that you have to do a workout that is right for YOU! Just completing a workout and suffering through the pain isn't good enough. Instead of helping you, a painful workout can actually harm you. Despite what everyone else can do, only do what is right for you and don't give in to pressure to conform. It's your body. It is up to you to protect it. Stand your ground and do the exercises that are right for your own needs. Lesson learned!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/11/2012 9:38AM

    Well said!

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L*I*T*A* 6/9/2012 9:55PM

    what a great teacher!!!
well done.....
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 6/9/2012 8:38PM

    That's great that you asked for alternatives. There are alternatives that work for you. You can accomplish your goals without harm. What wonderful things to learn. So glad you did!! -Marsha

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It's Working!

Friday, June 08, 2012

My doctor was correct! I'm much less stiff and sore today. The shots plus my modified strength training appear to be working so far! Hooray!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/8/2012 8:29PM

    That's great news, Cyndi!

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