It’s been too long since I moved with any sense of purpose. My back has been out for what, two years? Well, turns out that severe ongoing stress can really bork your back muscles. Amazingly, quitting your toxic job and moving to a better company does wonders for not only your stress related pain, but also your motivation to do something about the pain that’s left over!
I still don’t trust my body enough to handle a yoga class, so I decided to start a program that a few people at work mentioned called DDP Yoga. What is DDP Yoga? Well then. (Anti-disclaimer: My opinions are my own. I got NOTHING for any of this. There isn’t even a referral program.)
Imagine, if you will, a super macho professional wrestler. Now imagine he’s broken his back. (Okay, seriously, I’m amazed that more haven’t, and I don’t even watch wrestling) NOW, imagine that recovery just isn’t working as well as he’d like and his wife convinces him to try yoga after getting him past the false idea that yoga is all about hooey gentle stretches. Finally, visualize this guy creating a program that incorporates yoga with dynamic resistance. You’ve just put Diamond Dallas Page and DDP Yoga in your head.
You may have seen the video showing Arthur Boorman and his fantastic journey to mobility. He did this with DDP Yoga. I had seen the video a few times before my coworker mentioned her husband is also a success story with the program, and had consistently told myself that he was an anomaly. Well, if her husband can do it… Fine. I’ll take a look. When I got Invisalign braces that meant I’d be tracking all the food that goes into my mouth anyway? Fine. I’ll try it.
To my surprise, DDP Yoga includes programs for every level of ability. There is a program to start in bed! I’m starting with the Chair Force program, and right away I can attest that my heart rate gets up to the target zone and I am feeling it the next day.
It’s important to acknowledge goals that don’t necessarily involve the scale when you’re fat and disabled. Especially if you’re like me and for years have held on to the fact that you’re fat because you’re hurt, not hurt because you’re fat. (Which is true, but still an excuse) So here are mine:
- Walk a full mile without immediate retaliatory knee pain
- Stand straight without forcing my spine and muscles into position
- Stand up from a seated position and immediately start walking without having to steady myself.
In the month since I started, I haven’t quite accomplished these, but I’ve gone from a quarter mile to just over half. I can technically do three quarters of a mile, but the retaliatory pain comes swiftly and without mercy.
My hope is that as I continue to progress, I’ll remember to continue blogging as it’s part of the self care and progress reminders I’ll need when it gets hard. As far as scale related victories:
Starting weight: 277 pounds at the doctor’s office 4/3/2018
Current weight: 270.6 pounds!