In August I had surgery on my back to repair a prolapsed disk. Although I’ve suffered with back problems for about seven years, the surgery wasn’t planned and it was a shock. It was one of life’s little curveballs, and it forced me to stop pretending everything was ok. After a couple of months of rest, I can live my day-to-day life without too much pain, but I’m frustrated my own physical weakness.
After a day of walking to school and working from home, I’m shattered and my back is stiff and achey. It’s a constant reminder that while I’m not in acute pain, I still have a lot of work to do before I can truly feel fit and well again. It’s time to step things up and get back to where I want to be. I can’t rush things, but it’s important to motivate myself. I need a plan, some new gym kit and a set of simple goals to achieve.
I’m hoping that if I actually write my plan out here, in public, it’ll help motivate me to actually achieve it. Here’s what I’m planning:
Daily physio exercises at home. My commitment to this has been patchy over the last eight weeks. I try, but often forget – especially when I’m busy with work or the children. These simple exercises, prescribed by my physio, will form the basis of my recovery. I know this, and I need to stop being flaky. I’m adding it to my daily to-do list and will resort to an adult sticker chart if necessary.
Dust down my bike. I’m finally allowed to get back on two wheels, which is exciting as I’ve really missed it. I’m starting with one short bike ride a week. Hopefully, with time, we can get back to cycling to school most mornings.
Swimming. I’m not a big fan, but everyone agrees it’s a fantastic way to recover from an injury. I’m planning on starting with one short swim every week – probably just about 10 minutes and see how it goes. This is probably the hardest of my goals, so I’m going to allow myself the chance to skip it if I’ve had a really busy week. It’s important not to push things too hard to begin with.
Invest in some lovely new gear. If I can motivate myself with a bit of shopping, then so be it. I’m not doing anything too strenuous, but it’d be nice to have some faintly sporty to do it in. I love the athleisure range at Jack Wills – especially, this gorgeous high-necked sweatshirt. It’d look gorgeous with black leggings, on the school run or riding my bike. Maybe it could be the goal at the end of my adult sticker chart?
Remembering to eat well. Crucial to recovery. My go-to is soup, soup and more soup. It’s healthy and nutritious. I usually just chuck in everything I can find leftover in my fridge, but I’d like to be more adventurous. The soup section of the BBC Good Food website has some gorgeous ideas.
If you too are recovering from a discectomy, I’d really recommend this NHS leaflet which has useful information on exercise and recovery.
I’d love to hear more about your current fitness goals, especially if you’re recovering from an injury too. It’s a frustrating time, but I really need to put on my positive pants and start things moving.
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