Workout finished. Not exactly the way I wanted it to. I hurt my lower back. Excruciating pain. No idea how it started. It did not happen during my workout, but right after. Maybe while I was putting away weights, steps or risers…who knows. (I heard that)…it has nothing to do with my getting older! 🙂
Having low threshold for pain, I immediately hit the websites – read, and read on lower back pain. Started treatment. Iced the affected area, then used heat. Alternated that for a good couple of days. Took ibuprofen as well. Consulted my dear websites, again. Next step – added some stretch exercises. (I heard that, too)…I’m not going to the doctor! And, stop telling me what to do!
After two days, I felt well enough to try my Body Pump class. Using my body weight for squats and lunges; and low weight (about 5 lbs) for the rest of the class; I finished the one hour class. For the rest of the week – I kept low weight and focused on my form. The week ended well. Pain level, in control! (Heard that)…Awe, that’s sweet! Thank you for believing in my research and treatment. 🙂
Source of my back pain – who knows! But I do know that nursing that pain, helped. I’m happy now – that much I definitely know.
My friend and I were nearing the end of our moderate rated (on scale of difficulty), 4-mile trail, on a nice cool day. These rock steps were the last hike. Climbing against gravity to conclude our trail was a heavily weighted challenge. Here, my friend is reaching the end. Keep going friend, few more to go … you can do it! (She did do it.)
I have, recently, realized that I motivate people at my workout. And, I didn’t even know about it, until now. My workouts have been mainly for me. I do have to push myself! Every workout that I complete motivates me for the next one. I self-talk; I do that a lot. And, that helps me get to the gym, 99.9% of the time! I have become, what you would call, a “Regular” at the gym. And, that has motivated some gym goers. They have come up to me to tell me that. That really feels good.
This brings me to the next step, which I think involves my wanting to help others get motivated. Motivate them to not only workout, but create a sustainable routine for a healthy lifestyle.
My goal: To get certified in workout/healthy lifestyle field. I am writing this on my blog because I think this will keep me motivated to remain focused in achieving my goal.
My ultimate goal: To help make a positive change in people’s lives, who need a little push in the direction of leading a healthy lifestyle.
….thank you for visiting my blog…until next time 🙂
Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted. And, I am still doing it. I’ve been doing this for almost 15 years now. I still motivate myself and do lots of self talk. It has led me to live a healthier and happier life for me, my family and my friends.
People ask me if I can help them. But I don’t have any certification. I do, however, know how I did it! My little note certainly helped. I would love to help others, I’m thinking of getting certification in Personal Training so that I can help others. In the meantime, I still wanted to share my little photo-note in this post:)
Can’t emphasize enough – Being consistent and patient is what worked for me! Small consistent changes to eating healthier and living an active lifestyle is what I did to get the results that I wanted. And, I will continue doing it!
I have read this quote hundreds of times. One reason, it sits on my kitchen counter:) Lot of friends have wanted a copy. I have enjoyed sharing this one with them. Now, I’m sharing this with my blog-world friends.
When bananas start to have brown spots like the ones you see in the picture below, you are left with two options:1) Eat them as soon as possible, or 2) Freeze them. Many people never think of freezing bananas, but I do it all the time. Frozen bananas make the best smoothies. Better freeze than throw away a good-looking banana:)
1. I peel the banana and cut them into 8 slices. I, then, arrange them flat side up in a single layer on the cutting board. You can use a cookie sheet also.
2. I place them in the freezer for about 45 minutes. They freeze nicely.
3. Next, I place each individually frozen banana slices into a sandwich bag. Freezing them individually, and then storing them in a bag keep these slices from sticking to each other.
4. Then I place the sandwich bag with frozen banana slices into another bag, a storage bag or freezer bag. Just for extra protection! I do this so that these banana slices won’t get freezer burn.
5. And, that’s it! I just throw in 2 to 3 frozen banana slices into the blender when I’m making my delicious smoothie. Yum!