It has been quite a while since I have logged in WordPress, which does not fit within my aspirations. About 3 weeks ago, while in kickboxing, I threw out both my lower back and a hip. For the first few days of my injury, I needed assistance standing up and sitting down. It was very frustrating. However, my chiropractor and physical therapist are magic workers. After 3 days in a row of adjustments, treatment, and physical therapy I was able to stiffly move without assistance. This week, my chiropractor has officially given me the clear to start easing my way back into working out. By easing in, he explained that I should not be doing any vigorous workouts such as kickboxing or weights yet. However, I can start running short distances (1-3 miles) and 30-40 minute yoga classes. Once I am able to do 3 miles runs/do 40 minutes of yoga without feeling any type of dull pain in my lower back/hip, then I will be able to add on more.
I am happy to announce that I am up to 2 mile runs without my lower back hurting! 🙂 I have not yet been able to get through a yoga class, even short sessions at home. Bending forward still hurts too much, so I have been holding stretches that work those areas in hopes that some time in the following week I can return to yoga.
During this process of not being able to move very much, it has been a very difficult process to deal with. Being able to do yoga, run, and do kickboxing is my way of letting go of all the useless stressors that have been weighing me down throughout the day. With those things taken away from me, I resorted to constantly eating an abundance of unhealthy foods. The funny thing about eating food that is junk is that at the time, you feel great while eating it; Really happy. Then shortly after, you feel worse than when you originally ate it!
Long story short, for the last couple days I have been wondering what I have learned from this experience. After some contemplation, I have come to think that I have learned the importance of listening to what your body is telling you. These past few months, I have been pushing my body to the limit and ignoring when it would start to hurt. This is an essential lesson taught in yoga and I had chosen to turn away from that teaching. Now, I fully intent to treat my body better and take care of it.
Another lesson learned is that the path to success is not a straight line. To get to your goal, you will do things wrong and learn from them. You will do things wrong multiple times and funnily enough, that is a good thing. It is how we learn. 🙂
Okay, I am done rambling. Have a lovely weekend!