[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 33 {205.0} “Spoiled, Pain-Free Living?”

Part of me feels spoiled for thinking about how unfortunate it is that when I wash my hands and try to move my legs at a certain angle, it doesn’t feel right, because I swung too far. I am too impatient with myself. Throughout this process, I’ve tried to develop the patience of understanding that, yes, my sides hurt, sometimes within reason and sometimes unreasonably. Am I spoiled for wanting to have a pain-free day?

WANNA CONSIDER HOW YOUR HEALTH MIGHT JUST BE YOUR BIGGEST LUXURY? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 32 {202.0} “Starting With Ten”

Four days ago, I did ten strokes without the bar on my rower, and stopped once my legs hurt. Throughout physical therapy, I went stationary biking for longer, with the secondary purpose of getting me back into rowing, with the primary purpose of reducing my lower back pain. Three days ago, I went for twenty-six strokes without the bar. I didn’t go yesterday or today because I went to PT and did other activities respectively.

WANNA SEE HOW I KEEP TRYING EVEN WHEN ADVERSITY SEEMS TO CONSTANTLY TRY TO STRIKE ME DOWN? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 31 {202.5} “Physical Therapy Rheumatology?, Part 23”

Depending on how my appointment with the pain specialist goes, my new physical therapist says the next option might be seeing a rheumatologist. I’d only heard that word in passing before, someone that studies issues that can hurt various parts of the body, so maybe that’s someone who I’ll be seeing tomorrow? Since my X-ray results didn’t point toward any major issues, I’ll have to keep stretching, practicing proper posture, and working toward better health.

WANNA CONSIDER THE PAIN OF TIME, DELAYED DIAGNOSES, AND PATIENCE? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 30 {203.0} “Grocery Store Sensations”

I had to get some coffee so I went to a local grocery store for the first time in months. The last time I went, my physicality was still in good shape. This time, I felt significantly older than I really am, but other than masks and plexiglass cashier shields, it was chaotic like old-normal. Over the past two weeks, especially, my health has declined noticeably enough to where I can’t walk at full speed.

WANNA CONSIDER HOW A GROCERY STORE TRIP CAN BE A JOURNEY IF YOU’RE NOT FEELING WELL? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 29 {203.5} “Affecting Patient Care”

I’ll let everyone in on the secret I learned in healthcare IT to get things moving. When you have nurses nervously telling you you’ve got to fill out this form or that in order to talk to the doctor, and you’ve got to mail that form out in the middle of a global pandemic through a series of hoops you’ve got to jump through with a bad spine, tell them that will affect patient care.

WANNA CONSIDER HOW YOU CAN GET THE CARE YOU NEED WHEN YOU ARE BEING A PATIENT PATIENT? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 28 {203.5} “Physical Therapy Cyst?, Part 19”

There is a pain that has lingered for days now. It is on the left side of my back, a few inches up from the opposite side of my belly button, and when the physical therapist, “Doctor-Number-Fourteen,” massaged that particular area, he saw what appeared to be a cyst. He reasoned that it was probably closer to a muscular-skeletal issue, however, it was a possible cause for the issues I’m encountering, preventing me from rowing.

WANNA CONSIDER THE BALANCE BETWEEN PUSHING YOURSELF AND RECOVERING YOURSELF? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 27 {205.5} “2020 Half-Year Review”

While I don’t want to start off by asking something aggressive like “how’re your New Year’s Resolutions going?,” we should always continually check in with ourselves to see how we’re progressing toward our goals. In terms of fitness, I could be doing better, but I could be doing significantly worse, too, so I’d say, overall I’m optimistic. My main goal has been to burn off weight, which I’m doing. My secondary goal is rowing better…

WANNA SEE HOW I ASSESS MY HALF-YEAR REVIEW OF HEALTH? SO YOU CAN ASSESS YOURS? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 26 {205.5} “Neglecting My Stretches”

I’m in a conundrum. My physicality has been so negatively afflicted by stress that my body cannot move in certain positions without hurting. I can’t do many of the stretches I could months ago. The physical therapy I’ve been prescribed is helping with my flexibility, which is helping, but it’s also hurting. One hour of stretches with a trained physical therapist can lead to days of immobility and pain. What to do, what to do…

WANNA GET THE INSPIRATION YOU MIGHT NEED TO DO YOUR OWN STRETCHES AND EXERCISES? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 25 {205.5} “Leveling Up Fitness”

How can I level up my fitness? Let’s look at how I’ve done so since I started writing about fitness over three years ago, starting with what’s helped me the most: counting calories. For the first two years, I didn’t count my calories, but I was active enough and restrictive enough of my diet to not frequently binge-eat. Now, I use a calorie counter to balance my consumption of nutrients and predict my energy levels.

WANNA CONSIDER HOW I’VE LEVELED UP MY FITNESS? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

[Rowing Machine] 2020: Week 24 {205.0} “Back At Rest”

I haven’t rowed in eleven days. Until today*, my lower spine has been unreliable with not reacting in pain to any major movements. I often woke up sore or hurting. Sometimes, I woke up, then went back to bed. I haven’t even been able to call up my physical therapist’s office to schedule an appointment. I believe I have twelve appointments for this new symptom, but only now am I feeling like acting on it.

WANNA CONSIDER WHAT THOUGHTS I MIGHT CONSIDER WHILE ROWING AND DRIVING? CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!