Perseverance

Perseverance 002
per·se·ver·ance
ˌpərsəˈvirəns/
noun
  1. steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
    “his perseverance with the technique illustrates his single-mindedness”
    synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, indefatigability,steadfastness, purposefulness
Second definition I found:  steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc.,especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Third definition I found:  steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.

Perseverance really comes to my mind because I have had some recent difficulty and still am working a bit around my left knee.  It’s really frustrating when you get going on a program and then have an unexpected delay or challenge.  I started having some pain in my left knee and it got to the point where I was limping.  After seeking a doctor’s help, I had some fluid removed and a cortisone shot.  Over about 3-4 weeks I have been able to get back to Zumba class and really push back into hard workouts at the gym with my trainer.  It was feeling amazing but started hurting a bit again after we did a little harder push yesterday.  I found out from the doctor that I have early arthritis in both knees and bone spurs on both as well.  Neither were something that need any surgical attention at this point.  I am maintaining with lots of ice and heat after work outs, ibuprofen and topical Biofreeze spray to help with the pain.  

Today my trainer worked with me on more cardio so I pushed and even ran a good bit along with some arm work.  The amazing thing is that my knee felt better not worse after today’s workout.  When I was reading up on help for arthritis the main “cure” or help suggestions were #1 Loose weight.  Yes, I’ve dropped 52 pounds, but I still have a lot of extra pounds on my body that need to come off, so that’s encouraging that losing more CAN help.  #2 was EXERCISE…yes, not sit on your rear and prop up and stop!  Get out there and just do it anyway and manage your pain with anti-inflammatories and hot and cold compresses…exactly what I am doing.  That was VERY encouraging.  I know that Tres will be careful with our training to communicate and that if something really starts to hurt or cause pain, we will find another exercise that doesn’t.  The beauty of this challenge is that I CAN get past it and I can keep on working out.  I’m very excited about our next weigh in date set for April 22nd.  I do much better with short term goals instead of working for a few months at a time, so through the rest of my weight loss plan I will definitely do check ins about once a month.  This keeps me more focused and breaks down the loss into smaller bits at a time.  

Below I am placing a link to an article on Persevering that was encouraging to me.  Please feel free to message me or post comments!  
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