Back in Action After a Major Pain in the Butt – Starting Now!

Procrastination is not my friend. Unfortunately, it’s hanging on to my leg and seemingly won’t let go. Today, I kick it off and recommit to exercising at least five days a week after an unfortunate two month hiaitus.

Back in November and December, my husband and I started P90 (a home workout that gets great results) with much enthusiasm. After four weeks, I was feeling stronger and thoroughly enjoying the feeling of accomplishment. I was doing more sit-ups and push-ups than I’d ever done before. Each workout was a big sweat-fest and I was feeling the early results of my efforts.

Then, one morning, I got out of the shower and put my leg up to dry it and was taken down by a misbehaving butt muscle. The muscle is called the piriformis and it runs right in the middle of your butt cheek and connects to your hip bone. When it goes into full-on cramp mode, it usually affects your sciatic nerve, too, so there’s this way-fun nerve pain that runs down your leg and can take several months to heal. Nice, right?

That day, I was off to the ER in an ambulance – yes, it did indeed hurt that much – and spent the day on morphine. Two months and lots of painkillers and muscle relaxants later and I’m still hurting, though I have been given the go-ahead to do some yoga and walking. That was a few weeks ago.

Since then, I’ve been putting it off. “My leg still hurts, so maybe I’ll do it tomorrow,” I tell myself. Then tomorrow happens and I get “too busy.” While I’ve lost 5 pounds in the last few weeks, it’s time to kick it up a notch again and get some added calories burned off.

Today, I’m back at it. Slowly, with yoga and walking. Five days a week. Onward.

 What about you? How do you stay on track with a regular exercise program? 


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