A few months ago I mentioned I’d be off-line for a while.
Well, I’ve been quite occupied…but I have to say I’ve really missed the writing and the interactions I’ve had with all of you!.
I decided to write a post to share what’s been happening.
I’ve been on a journey of sorts. One of the things I continue to learn is that the road to peace can involve taking the time you need to care for and strengthen yourself. Yes, there are struggles, but there are also many rewards!
Thanks, as always for your support. I look forward to your comments!
Last December I wrote about addressing an old injury. I was working with a physical therapist to strengthen my hips.
I was also enrolled in a program to help prevent diabetes by making lifestyle changes. I was not diabetic, but nearly so. (There are ranges – Normal – Pre-Diabetic – Diabetic.)
Well, in January while at the gym, I ran into Inga, the Sr. Fitness Manager. I said I was ready to make an appointment with her.
She asked how I was feeling. Much better than when we first met a couple of months ago!
Did I work with a physical therapist? Yes, we were nearly done. How about my eating? I can eat less, and better, and be satisfied! Anything else?
I was still swimming!
She told me about a 12 week fitness challenge. It was the last day to sign up!
Hey! If I could make a commitment to this I could continue working on my hip. It could help me move forward to be stronger, healthier…it could compliment everything I’d been doing!
I inhaled, paused, then said I had to do this! For me, there was so much as stake.
We talked about training. Inga said, “Other than myself, there are a couple of trainers that I would allow to work with you.” I was appreciative of her observations.
I asked about her top choice. The next week I met Dan.
He listened to my story and my concerns. I showed him the exercises I’d done with the physical therapist. We talked about my limitations. My hips had been unstable; I was still in pain, but the exercises were helping to alleviate this.
Over the next 12 weeks Dan encouraged me and challenged me, all the while being aware of my previous injuries.
Fast forward after check-in. Twenty pounds lighter…several inches smaller at the waist, hips and thighs…and…wait for it..three clothing sizes smaller! …a dramatic drop in hip pain…and recent blood work was very close to normal – tremendous progress!
Even though the challenge ended, I knew I had to continue. When I started the challenge I was struggling to walk up stairs. Now, my husband (my strongest supporter, and also the family cook) looks at me and says it’s refreshing to see me going up stairs with a spring in my step. …and I love it when I try on new clothes, ask him how he likes it and he says, “WOW!”
So….I decided it was important to take a moment to say thank-you.
Inga – Thank-you for listening to me, encouraging me to get started, and, for referring me to Dan!
Dan – Thank-you for challenging and encouraging me, and, for listening to my concerns. Thank-you for your sense of humor, and most importantly for treating me with respect and dignity. It’s hard to come back from injuries not only physically but psychologically and emotionally. This has been a real journey for me and I’m glad you’ve been here to help me. Working with you has made a difference in my life!
Hey – let’s keep going! I have more to do!
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