Many people don’t know that just a few short years ago, my back, neck and shoulders were in a constant state of pain – the pain levels varied, but were always there.
This was the result of my body going through multiple traumatic car incidents in 8 months time.
Carrying a purse hurt. Taking steps hurt, and sometimes actually triggered spasms. It always hurt. And that was the exact excuse I used when I was offered to join a challenge group – “ummmm walking and existing hurts, you want me to do actual physically demanding stuff?” – that was my frame of mind. “YIKES!”
But for whatever reason I did join. I modified HEAVILY but I showed up, consistently. Started to get a little stronger. Started to strengthen my core, which greatly relieved the pain issues. So I kept going.
Today, I am pain free – certain things do sometimes trigger it (being outside in very cold temps for long periods of time, sitting or laying on hard surfaces, etc) but my quality of life is MUCH better now, and I am so thankful.
And that’s why I take these “silly flex” pics. To show how far I have come. To have something to compare to as I go further. A visual reminder that consistent effort pays off, and we are never stuck in a cycle of pain.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen! Keep going!