Pain is a Great Motivator

Pain is a Great Motivator

So here we are, approaching the second week of March. I’m supposed to be way farther into the goals I set for myself at the start of the year, but I’m not. I was failing myself miserably up until 3 weeks ago.

I woke up one morning and while going through my daily routine, I realized my knees were gradually starting to ache more and more. Even more so on my left knee, which I had surgery to repair back in 2000.

That nifty little injury happened while I was attending basic training for the US Army. I didn’t have it repaired until a few years later.

As I was saying, the aching continued on for several days. The feeling would get so intense at times, I would have to just sit down to get the weight off of them. After a couple of days of this, I started laying on my bed at different times, moving my legs and knees around to help get synovial fluid moving through the joints.

Every day, SEVERAL times a day, I continued to do this and whatever strengthening exercises I could do in that position to help ease the pressure off my knees for about week. When the weekend finally came, my knees would not ache when I would stand up and stay upright for an extended period of time.

I was ecstatic my knees had stopped hurting, but I had a painful realization. I couldn’t live in denial anymore. My laziness and complacency were leading the way for my body to malfunction. This time it was just the knees. I can only imagine the what other kind problems that could evolve from my denial.

Right now, I’m 36 years old. I don’t want to be crippled and chronically sick due to my inaction and bad food choices.

So here I am back to square one. My list of important stuff to tackle seems to be getting longer as the days go by. Apparently, I suck a being productive but I have to start somewhere, the sooner the better.

Back to Basics

Two weeks ago, I picked my weights back up. Right now, I am beginning the 3rd week of Burn Phase for the workout program ChaLEAN Extreme. Two years ago, I used this very program to drop 30 lbs. If it wasn’t for the major stress that I couldn’t get under control, I could have kept it off.

Thankfully, I have only gained back 20 of those pounds. More often than not, a person will usually pack on the amount they lost plus more.

The trainer has the schedule set up for 5 workout days and two rest days. Since I’m working with angry body parts, I’ve been pushing 3 to 4 days of workout time at the most, modifying every position as to not cause major discomfort to myself. Even at this pace I can tell my muscles are gaining strength. Gaining strength combined with dropping my excess weight will greatly minimize any further joint discomfort and damage.

My goal is to get better, not worse.

This Time My Goal is a Fun One

Since I live in a more urban area now, I have access to more cool activities than I did while living in the mountains. Destin, which is a busy little tourist/fishing town has a place that teaches aerial silk fitness. I think this would be amazing to learn how to do.

I’m going to take that class this summer. If that wasn’t already challenging enough, right now I’m not strong enough to even attempt it. I will be before June gets here though.

To know more about the workout program I am using, email me at I will be happy to answer all of your questions.