I’ve not been feeling much like myself these last few weeks. I haven’t been feeling well physically which is impacting the way I feel emotionally. As an emotional eater - this wreaks havoc on my weight loss progress. While I wake up with good intentions, I’m not always successful in sticking with my program every single day. I’m actually okay with this, as it’s part of my journey and I have to learn how to cope better by handling the emotional stuff in a healthier way.
Although I’m struggling with my food and exercise, I’m concerned about the physical aspects of how I feel. I’m not sure if it is menopause or aging - but I wake up everyday in pain. My lower back is killing me - so much so that I’ve had to drop the boot camp class that I was so jacked up for. I am stiff, I hurt when I bend down and any type of high intensity workout sends me back to bed in pain. I had to skip the gym last week because I couldn’t bend down to tie my shoes. This is totally not like me and I’m not enjoying this at all.
There’s a part of me that wants to just stay in bed and not go to the gym anymore. However, when I feel that way, my more positive mindset jumps in saying “I may be in pain, but I cannot allow it to hinder my long term progress and my goals.” Right on sister!
Living in pain is not easy and I empathize with anyone that has a chronic pain condition. I never truly realized how debilitating it can be. My heart goes out to you.
If I’m not willing to slow down, how do I get around it? How do I continue to live life without pain interfering with my activity level?
Here are a few tips that have worked for me:
1. Meditation: Studies show that meditating mindfully for 20 minutes per day can help reduce pain and your minds tolerance to pain. I started mediating regularly and found that it does help ease it a little bit. I suspect that if I spent more time meditating, the long term effects would be excellent.
2. Stretching: I find that when I’m stiff, I need to stretch my muscles. Yoga helps a lot, but when I can’t get to class, I do some of my favorite stretches at home in my pajamas. It helps loosen me up and gets me moving.
3. Over the counter medication: I’m not a physician, so please consult yours before taking any medication. However, I’ve found that ibuprofen and Midol are game changers for me.
4. Ice/heat: My best friend, the physical therapist would say ice is better - but depending on the circumstances, both work well for me.
5. Massage: Of course, this one is my favorite.
6. Modify my workouts: I had to make some changes to my workouts focusing more on low intensity. Less stress to my back means less pain and stress overall.
Ultimately, until this resolves, there are going to be days that are more difficult than others. It’s on those tough days that I have to truly push through it mentally. As with everything else on my journey it’s mind over matter - I’ve come this far, I’m not going to let a little backache get in my way.
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