Project Get Buff: One step beyond pain-free living

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

May 19th, 2010 • Living with Chronic PainPrint Print

Back in the Fall and Winter months, I was working with a personal trainer. Through consistent dancing and other self-care methods, I had accomplished a goal I’d had for several years: Do basic activities (walking, doing laundry, bending over to pick things up, cooking, etc) with no pain. Having accomplished that goal, I wanted to take it to the next level and get buff.

I was getting stronger over the course of two months of training, but then I sustained a really bad injury in my thigh/groin area. Recovery was slow, and although I have been able to do low-level exercise over the past few months, I have not felt ready to push it beyond that point. I did not want to retrigger the injury, which had left me housebound for a full month.

But now, six months later, I’m feeling ready to take my healing to the next level. And isn’t that what the healing process is about? Accepting the setbacks that happen and riding them out with as positive an attitude of possible, then getting back in the saddle and moving ahead. It’s the old pick-yourself-up and dust-yourself-off routine.

I’m going to build up slowly. I”ve been able to walk one-mile loops once a day and, more recently, to bike 6-9 miles at a shot, as much as a couple of times a week. I’m going to start building on this foundation by committing to walking twice a day. I’ll see if I can do two 1-mile loops. If not, I’ll do one full and one half. And once it stops raining, I’ll start gradually adding in the biking element, first making my twice-a-week excursions consistent, then adding a third day, then gradually expanding the mileage.

I’ll keep you posted how it goes! Meanwhile, if you have a goal you’re working on, and you’d like to share it with readers and me, please post in the comments section.

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