Many of you may or may not remember me, but I was actively doing the BFL program about 2 years ago. I was at Week 10 Day 4 when disaster struck. I was at the gym, working out like a madman and somehow injured my neck. I was in crippling pain that put me on the sidelines. After treatment, and diagnosis I have one collapsed disc ( C5) and one bulging disc ( C6) in my neck with a bone spur on the right side of C6 with the onset of degenerative arthritis. I spent the next 2 years, seeing doctor after doctor. Going through every treatment imaginable. Two years later, I am okay. I recently stepped away from the pain medication/muscle relaxers, as they were making me feel very toxic.
I just turned 35 years old on May 8th. For weeks leading up to this post, something has been calling me - beckoning me back. I am battling fear in making this return. I am fearful that I will re-injure my neck, and revert to how I once was. However, the spirit of the Warrior is calling me.
I know that this is going to hurt a bit. I know that. I know the sacrafices will be great, and challenges will seem daunting to return to my old ways. I am hoping to dig really deep to surpass the success I once had. Before my injury, I lost about 75 lbs, and went from 33% body fat, down to about %15. I was feeling confident, supremely powerful until the injury struck me down.
I wanted to relate my story to others, to tell them that they are not alone in their battles!
Tomorrow, this Warrior begins a new path. A path towards strength, confidence, power and my Ultimate Self.
John, my goodness thats a quite interesting turn of events!
You may consider having a physical therapist help you PLAN the Body-for-Life program to better fit your special circumstances.
Proceed with caution, knowledge, and the wisdom that will allow you to SUCCEED.
I admire your courage, and your spirit!
Please consider this in all seriousness, as further set backs may prevent you from completing your goals.
That doesn't benefit anyone.
I want to see you WIN!
"What you put in, is what you are going to get back."
Thanks for a supportive reply. I am proceeding with caution, paying close attention to planning the early work outs to avoid certain excercises that pose more danger to me than others. I figure at some point I must take a first step to over-come fear. I have yet to go for my first work out, and I am nervous. I know I have nothing to worry about but the uncertainty dogs me still. Not a great way for a warrior to start out, I know..
I figure the beginning is going to be more trial and error than is normal.
Woot!!! You are already stronger than you think! What a hard move to come back to a stressful program!! You've got it this time.
Thank you for the kind comments. I am about to post regarding my first day's work out, so stay tuned.
I will be keeping tabs on you!! :)
I'm still working on myself, progressing one day at a time. I'm trying to find my inner warrior, and to let him out of his prison.
I keep telling myself, One battle at a time!! Just One!! I am working to gain more understanding to how I can be a better a person through this challenge.
Thank you for keeping tabs on me. I sincerely appreciate the time and attention.
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