I've mentioned in the past few months that my shoulder has been hurting. Hurting to the point I couldn't lift my arm over my head, much less have some weight in my hand while I did it.
I haven't mentioned that in a while, huh?
Well, that is because it's not really a problem anymore!!
My soon to be sister-in-law is a physical therapist, and since I am currently without insurance, she gave me some exercises to do everyday for biceps tendinitis (which she was positive was the cause of my pain).
I did the exercises. Every day. And surprise! It worked! :D The change is stunning. I had this shoulder pain from about August of 2012 to January 2013. It was pretty bad the whole time. Today, after two full months of doing these exercises almost every single day of those months... I have very little pain. I use weights now, lift them over my head, and no pain! It's really freed my life up.
It really struck me about much following through matters. My sister-in-law was amazed that I did the exercises so regularly, saying that most of her patients cannot be relied upon to do their exercises at home. That was so odd to hear! If someone gave you a plan, and told you that plan would result in less pain and struggle for you.... why would you not follow it?? This is a medical practitioner that has an almost fool-proof way for you to heal, if you JUST do it, and people don't? Strange, strange!
You don't get results if you don't put in the effort!
It has so many parallels to my weight loss journey and my desire to become fit. There is a fool proof plan there for me if I want certain results. Eat clean, eat normal portions, exercise regularly, strength train, etc. If I do those things, if I follow through, I get the results I want. If I don't follow through, I certainly don't get those results.
Choosing cheese and candy and wine? I'm not as lean as I'd like to be.
Choosing not to strength train or do cardio regularly? My body is not as strong and fast and fit as I'd like it to be.
I have to follow through and I know it. I did it for my shoulder pain... and that was PAIN, immediate every day pain, so I was definitely going to do everything I could to get rid of it. Not having the body I want is also painful, not so immediately, but it is painful. And I am going to follow through, whole-heartedly.
Eating has been pretty good this week! 95% paleo. All clean. Got sore muscles from working out, doing yoga and body-weight strength exercises at home. On the right path and feeling good :)