Posted by: sistermom1 | April 10, 2013

A Different Type of Push Girl

Earlier I wrote about how much I love watching Push Girls on the Sundance Channel. It is a reality show featuring 4 women who are wheelchair-bound due to a variety of reasons ranging from illness to accident. As someone who spends her day in a wheelchair, it was very inspiring for me to see a television show featuring women facing challenges similar to my own.

After today’s session with my physical therapist , I have a new meaning for the term “push girl”. V reminded me several times today that the best way to improve and get back to walking again is to push myself during my exercises, and to do them a few times each day, really helping my body re-learn what it needs.
Pushing myself to stand, develop my core muscles, successfully use my hip adbuctors and doing butt clenches and arm exercises all combine to improve my general health and strength. It does not matter how far I can move each time, I just need to do these exercises every day.

Today I saw how much I have already improved. For the first time I was able to stand almost straight from a chair! I also was able to stand up behind my walker for the first time in a year. How wonderful — and what a great reminder that every thing I do, even though small, contributes to progressing towards my overall goal of walking again.

Pushing myself every day is required for me now — it is a part of my life — I cannot view exercise as something “nice to do” anymore — it is a necessity for me. With the encouragement of my P/T, I am becoming a different kind of push girl — pushing myself to do what I need to do every day. What a blessing — Thanks so much V!!!!


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