Physical therapy kicked butt yesterday! Sheesh, what a great workout! My PT does it like circuit training…moving from one exercise to the next with little or no break in between, with the goal being to rehab/strengthen my back and the supporting ab muscles. It feels so wonderful to finally be past the “pain relief” phase of PT and into the “strengthening” phase. I’ve got a long road to recovery as I still can’t walk or stand for more than 15 minutes at a time. And I still need to work on balancing on one foot to further engage my core muscles, but I am getting stronger and learning to use and maintain perfect form in terms of my back, abs and pelvis.
After PT, I wanted to mow the lawn, cut down the weeds along the fence, and also go to the pool for water aerobics…but once I got done the mowing and weeding, I didn’t have any energy left for the pool. Johnhas had a bad sinus infection and awful allergies, so I couldn’t leave the yard work for him. I don’t mind doing it anyway, and I burned a bunch of calories.
Tonight is Ball Zumba - it’s a regular Zumba class, but I do the moves sitting on an exercise ball (great core workout)!
I did A LOT of walking this past weekend…at least 10,000 steps on Saturday and another 5,000 steps or so on Sunday. I used my cane/walker…and I got sore as hell, but I did it. And after a bit of rest, the pain subsided, which is phenomenal!
Yesterday, my pain level hovered around a 3, until I started weed whacking…then it went up to a 7 or 8. Admittedly, I probably was not fully engaging my core to support my back.
I’m beginning to really feel like I can succeed. I’m feeling hopeful, empowered and so very optimistic! And I’m loving life!