Hurrah! Was back at the gym for the first time in weeks on Tuesday evening, following my little, er, back problem.
I'm not quite 100% yet - I would say I'm at 95%, but whilst I've hated every moment of being in such pain, it has taught me some valuable lessons:
(1) To really listen to my body, rather than just assuming the aches and pains are part of getting older (I'm still in my 30s for goodness sake!).
(2) To not rush recovery. I am taking my own advice and not going back to the gym until next week. I didn't suffer any kind of relapse after my first venture, but my muscles are very sore after being inactive for so long and I know I won't be able to hold my form (neutral spine, neutral spine) properly. In the meantime, lots of walking and continuing the physio's rehab exercises.
(3) To be grateful for a body that can heal well - and I am convinced it is partly to do with the much better WOE I now follow. Garbage in, garbage out - or the reverse, in the primal way of life!
(4) To take advice and not think that I know better than others. Or rather, stop being so stubborn and accept assistance when it is offered.
(5) To enjoy what I can do now and not wish I could do what the really flexible/fit person can do. It will come back in time - and in truth I am probably in better physical shape now than I was before the pain got really bad. I can stand up straight for the first time in months, which still feels slightly odd.
Just thought I'd share, because I feel so good!