Today is a very special day for me. I did sun salutations for the first time in about 2 years. And I did lots of them. And that was after a kickass arm work out. Do I look like The Rock yet?
2 years ago I couldn't use a can opener. I couldn't cut veggies. I couldn't text. I couldn't sleep properly because of the pain. I couldn't do many, many things that most people take for granted. I cried a lot. My pain was chronic and debilitating. I felt crippled. I felt limited. I felt sad and frustrated and angry for what I allowed myself to do to my precious vessel. It made me not like my life very much.
It took a lot of pain and a helluva long time for me to finally slow down and listen to my body. I was a very slow learner. But eventually I smartened up and once I truly decided to make self-care my top priority last September, everything I did moved me closer to healing.
Now I take pride in the choices that I make. In the way that I care for myself. In the boundaries that I set. In my ability to listen to what my body is saying and my willingness to honour its messages.
I'm happy to share that over the last few weeks I've been about 95% pain-free, so I've been adding new treats accordingly. Look at my arms beginning to respond! I'm getting my muscles back!
Although I remained active even while injured, I pretty much avoided arm work because it hurt like a mofo. It was only a few months ago that I began doing planks which was a triumph in itself because it meant I finally had enough strength in my arms to hold myself up. HUGE gain.
Bit my bit I increased the reps and sets, and I've recently been doing arm exercises with 5 pound weights at home. I'm still doing the yoga that's specific for the kind of pain I was dealing with because I want to keep caring for my tender limbs, but now I'm also slowly adding back the yoga I used to do before I overworked my limbs.
I'm not totally out of the woods yet but I no longer consider myself injured. I feel completely healthy with a side of achey arms on occasion depending on what I'm doing. Major improvement.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, one of my goals beyond being pain-free is to do a one-arm handstand because it would be such an incredible triumph for me and a perfect visual representation of what I've overcome to get there. To be THAT strong at my core, to have rebuilt my strength after having none at all, well that would be just amazing.
Initially my goal was to do that in 2015, but I'm taking the timeline out of it now because my body will be ready when it's ready so I'll just meet it where it is each day and see what we can do together. I'll get there eventually.
In the meantime, I am LOVING the process of rebuilding my body and celebrating all the little wins along the way.
I hope you're celebrating all your little wins, too, sweet friend.
With love and lovely pipes,
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