Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"Just Keep Swimming"

A cute little blue fish once said..."Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..." I'm sure you all know who I'm talking about. Dory the blue fish from Finding Nemo. She never seemed to let anything get her down. I find myself using this as my mantra almost daily with everything from the food I choose to working out. Tonight was definitely one of those moments where I just had to tell myself to "Just keep swimming". I struggle with sciatic nerve pain quite often. Today I had a pretty significant flare up. On those days it can takes everything in me to not just sit on the couch and not move. It hurts so bad sometimes. I really wanted to workout tonight. I wanted to keep up my goal to work out every night this week. I was starting to feel like I wasn't going to be able to keep that promise to myself, until my awesome sister Nicole sent me something on Facebook. She sent me an article about ways to work out and stretch with sciatic nerve pain. I read it and then I decided. Why not? I'll give it a try. So I did. And before I knew it I was doing my sit-ups. I was doing my lunges. I was doing my squats. It hurt a bit at first, but I realized quickly that the more I kept moving, the less it hurt. I've heard a saying go "A body in motion tends to stay in motion, while a body at rest tends to stay at rest." It seems true. The pain slowly subsided and I continued on with my workout as I had planned to do. I am so proud of myself. I'm also so happy that I have such awesome people in my life who help me stay motivated and don't want to see me give up. Thank you!

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