Although I haven’t really been posting much lately, I’m very much still on this journey.
Its been an interesting time.
At the moment I’m still continually adjusting to life with an injured back, trying to figure out what I can do without overdoing it. As much as I want to do ‘everything’ I still have to pace myself
I feel like I’m finally getting into the habit of working out 4 days a week. Right now not exercising just isn’t an option, and I’m enjoying the positive effects its having on my body. I’ll post some progress pics soon.
Im trying to get my head around itermitant fasting. It’s been tough getting used to eating between 12pm & 6pm, seeing if its best to eat twice or have 3 small meals, but this is definitely the way to go for now.
Working out what I need to eat so I have enough energy to work out has been interesting though. The combination of working out more and intermitant fasting/eating alot of raw food left me exhausted. I realised I wasnt getting the nutirents I needed so this is something I really need to work on.
Im still waiting on tests results for my stomach issues and my hospital appointment is still a few weeks away for my neck. The whole process of getting medical help just seems so long, and whilst I’m going to continue trying to get the help I need, its also making me realise that as much as possible I need to help myself by implementing the things I know to do.
I came across an article today about a medical study looking at the link between chronic pain and the brain.
A summary of the article-
People with unrelenting pain are often depressed, anxious and have difficulty making simple decisions. Researchers have identified a clue that may explain how suffering long-term pain could trigger these other pain-related symptoms. Researchers found that in people with chronic pain, a front region of the cortex associated with emotion fails to deactivate when it should. It’s stuck on full throttle, wearing out neurons and altering their connections.
This really hit home with me, as these are things I’ve been struggling with recently. I’ve felt anxious over doing things that would’ve been easy for me to do before, or for simply having a busy week ahead worrying if I’d be able to manage.
Going from being so organised, I’ve found making simple and unimportant decisions (for example choosing a delivery date for something I’d ordered online) so difficult that I just ask my hubby to make the decision for me.
And staying positive, at times has been so hard.
Reading the article in way made me feel relieved that what I’m experiencing is ‘normal’ and definitely common for people with chronic pain. Its reminded me that
1. Its ok to find things difficult because I’m living in pain on a daily basis, and thats hard! Im not being lazy and I need to take things easy
2. That I need to stop putting myself under so much pressure and stop being so hard on myself for not being able to do all things I used to be able to,
3. What I’m experiencing is real! With an injury/illness nobody can see I often feel like most people around me forget, don’t think it’s that bad or just don’t understand what I’m going through.
4. Right now, my focus has to be on getting better. I dont want this to be my way of life forever.
With these lessons learnt I look forward to the week ahead. Getting one step closer to having a healthy body and mind.
With God as my help I can do this!