Progress is Progress

The picture above is with my grandma who turned 82 this month! Happy Birthday Grandma!

There are times when clients will let me know of their woes before the session. Usually by email… It is as if they are trying to prep me so I am ready for them to lay it on me.

I am going to share a story of a client of mine who has come SO far, but is still having some issues with leg and back pain.

A line in the email received before the session was… ”Well, I think I have lost my motivation for all of this. We will have to talk tomorrow…”

At first, that makes me sad because it is my job to keep her motivated. It is my job to be the voice of reason, to help her see the light at the end of the tunnel and to be her guide. I thought that there was a possibility that I had failed her. No, I can not help everyone (even though I would like to think so)… But I know darn well that there is still hope for this one.

Going into the session, I had no idea what to think, I had no idea what she was going to come in with or where the session would end up.

Well… in walked (patient who will be named Jane for the purposes of confidentiality).

Jane: “You know Loni… I don’t know if I will ever get over this”

Loni: “Why do you say that?”

Jane: “Well, I workout 4-5 days per week. I lift heavy things, I squat, I run, I lunge and do sit ups. Why does my back and leg still hurt after a full 8 hour day of housework?”

Loni: “Tell me about how you would feel last year if you were to do 8 hours of housework?”

Jane: “Oh, there is no question that there would be NO WAY I would be able to do 8 hours of housework. My leg wouldn’t have been able to handle that.”

Loni: (Silent smile)

Jane: “I have progressed haven’t I?”

Loni: “Yes ma’am!“

This is a great example of understanding that being pain-free or symptom free is not always the best end goal. Of course, that is what we want and can keep working towards. But in reality, the best goals are the small, incremental ones and really based upon FUNCTION. Those goals should also be frequently revisited. Why? Because it allows you to see that progress! It lets you look back and reflect on where you started and where you are. It can significantly brighten your outlook.

The person in this story came to me barely able to do 2 sets of 5 bodyweight squats without having significant pain.

Her Monday’s now look like 5 sets of 5 back squats using 75 pounds.

I could not be more proud of her and I feel very privileged to be part of her journey.

Next time you are feeling down about where you are in the present, take a peak at where you started.

Thanks for reading, keep on keepin’ on…

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