“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Yesterday at the gym someone complimented my progress and commented that I “sauntered” in. Wow! Who knew I would ever be capable of a “saunter”? LOL But when I look back to where I began in September I am amazed by the difference that exercise has made in my life in just a few months. I have increased my time on one machine from five minutes to sixteen minutes. I have increased my distance on another from less than half a mile to just over two miles. I now lift nine pounds instead of one. My resistance exercises are done with twenty pounds instead of five. I can push seventy pounds on a sled that once held ten pounds. To some people that may sound like baby steps, but I’m proud of every minute, pound, and inch of progress! My pain has gone from an almost constant level four to one, or at most two. It has been a relief to realize that although I will never be “cured” I can certainly be vastly improved!
That was not my thinking last fall when I began therapy. I think I was generally positive, but I had some anxious moments and a few tears were shed. There were activities I thought I would have to give up. There were plans I thought I would have to cancel. I should have had more faith, but thankfully I had enough to keep going. And now I’m seeing the results.
What I ponder, and I do this often with a variety of things in my life, is what would have happened if I had not injured my shoulder, if I had not agreed to surgery, if my doctor had not required a neurology consult, if I had not gotten an MRI… Far more serious problems than a torn shoulder might have gone unnoticed for years. Makes me wonder how often something happens in our life just to get our attention or detour us away from the wrong path.
I began this new journey with pain and anxiety and uncertainty, but I am progressing with relief and peace and confidence!
(Note: this is my little equipment corner in my spare room. I do a variety of exercises when I’m at home.)