Monday, November 18, 2013
I felt kind of strange posting this as I'm not much of a sharer, but here goes...
This year was especially tough on my back. I threw it out twice in 12 months; each time taking 2 months to heal to where I could carry on simple daily activities. After the second blowout, I decided I would need to make a change build up my core strength so that my back would not be so vulnerable to injury. I started August 18 by walking for 15 minutes. I promised myself that I would do something, even just 15-20 minutes every day for 3 months to see if I felt better. Well, I felt better almost immediately! I was inspired to make some changes to my diet as well, and eliminated bread.
Today I reached a goal I had quietly set for myself: 3 months of consistently exercising 6-7 days a week. I have been swimming 3-4x/wk, doing yoga core strengthening 2x/week and walking 1-2x/week. When I started in August, I could barely swim 2 laps. Now I swim crawl laps for 45-60 minutes without stopping. I discovered I LOVE swimming! I have been walking with a friend on Friday mornings, working up to 4-5 miles. I get more out of my yoga practice now that I am stronger. I feel stronger, am more fit and I have more energy. I don't yawn all afternoon like I used to. The most amazing thing is that my back hardly hurts anymore! I don't wake up with back pain anymore, and I feel better than I have in 10 years.
With a kid, a demanding job and household management, it's easy to put oneself last on the priority list. The hardest part has been to find time for this. Sometimes I swim at 5:30 in the morning. (The pool is packed!) Setting boundaries protecting my time and enlisting the support and help of my family has been critical to making this happen. Now, they are just used to me leaving for 2 hours to swim! I still feel guilty sometimes for putting myself first, but I know in the long run it's for the best.
I'm hoping I can keep this up, but in the meantime I feel proud of this accomplishment!