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I haven’t said much about trying to improve my fitness at the gym for a good while now. The last post I wrote, WORKING OUT, about it was over a year ago and you can read it here: https://elliethompson.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/working-out/ if you want to find out where I started from. It has been up to now a very personal journey.
When I started out, I wasn’t even able to get changed without the assistance of a carer, who I didn’t have with me at the time. I was lifting pencil-like weights in an attempt to strengthen the muscles in my arms, and then recovering by downing a smoothie in the fitness centre’s cafe. That was about my limit back then.
Since then, I’ve been going a couple of times a week, fitting it in between college, my voluntary work at Uni, living my daily life, leisure times, chilling out etc. I can honestly say that I do thoroughly enjoy what I do (and I know I am lucky to be able to say that now. Those of you who know me from even a year or so back will know that it hasn’t always been like this, particularly from my mental health perspective). I’m not saying that there won’t be other difficult times ahead, but I feel more able to deal with them now.
Going back to my post … my gym training has really paid off, and I’m so pleased it has. I can now get changed by myself in the disabled shower and changing room. I’m much stronger. My arms, which were struggling with small efforts, can now take my weight and I can lift myself up out of my chair which is allowing me to stand more easily. My back and shoulders are straighter and my neck no longer needs a support. Even my legs are getting stronger (after all these years of thinking I couldn’t do it). Finally, today, I reached my first big milestone! I managed (with very little assistance) to get on an exercise bike and I was even able to push the pedals around very slowly. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! 🙂 My next aim is to walk with the aid of crutches, and what’s more, I know I can get there. You just watch me!! 🙂
5 thoughts on “WATCH ME GO!”
That is fantastic progress, Ellie! And what a reward for persistence and effort. So very well done!
Thank you so much, Mick. That means a lot, coming from a blogging buddy who’s known me for quite some time, and has seen me go through some really dark times. Going to the gym not only makes me stronger and fitter, it increases my confidence and is making me feel much better in myself. It must be all those endorphins! I haven’t felt as well as this for years! Thanks very much for being part of my journey x 🙂
A journey that appears to be heading towards a great destination, too, Ellie. I’m really pleased!
This is really so inspiring. Way to go, Ellie. 👏🏽 🙂
Thank you for your encouragement, Ashwini. It’s nice to have you here at my blog x 🙂