12 Weeks

Yesterday began my 12th week in the gym. This is the longest streak I have had going to the gym since I got out of the Navy. Back in 2010 I had a pretty good run bicycling after my back surgery and then the winter came and the pain of my back reacting to the weather was too much.

I am having some back pain right now as a result of some exercises I did yesterday. It is the wrong kind of pain because I was working my shoulders. It is joint pain near the center of my back. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. It is one of the reasons I am strength training. I have joint pain all over my body, especially my shoulders.

I had a very good shoulder workout yesterday. I think it was because of the great care I have to take ensuring that I don’t use the joints in the wrong way; being careful to use only the muscle needed, and using the proper amount of weight so that tendons & joints are not overly stressed. I am really sore this today, and it is the right kind of soreness. My shoulder joints are not hurting and are working properly.

These are the things that usually cause me to quit, but this time I am determined to keep working to reach my goal. It has been nearly 3 months since my last doctors appointment. I have an appointment next week. It will be good to go having actually taken the actions my doctor has been suggesting for over a year. I am 10 pounds lighter. My cardiovascular system should be in better shape. And hopefully my blood pressure and cholesterol levels will have improved since the last visit.

So I am looking forward to a good report. I am also looking forward to reaching my goal and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


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