Happy New Year to all! I like the New Year - a time of hope and renewal, and another Christmas survived.
Christmas for me is the time of year when all my failures to plan, clean and organise come home to roost. I nearly got a divorce from my family after the entire week of mostly solo cleaning it took to get my house into a condition whereby Christmas visitors could walk safely from the back door to the bathroom. (Resolution 1: more daily cleaning). Admittedly, it is my fault there are 5 wild hedgehogs in the kitchen receiving treatment, but the rest is down to them too!
Then I spent from Christmas until yesterday in varying degrees of intense pain, juggling what medication I had, having subluxed (no pain) something in my hip, and then torn (much pain) the exact same bit one day later. Happily, I had both diazepam and naproxen in stock from identical previous episodes! Yay!
However, the unintended effects were comical. Because I couldn't get on my knees to clear the shower drain blockage, my teen son (instructed to take only short showers, but doesn't understand the concept) caused a tidal wave in the bathroom, which came straight through the ceiling on New Year's Eve (ceiling needs new plasterboard and completely repainting) and poured onto my laptop (recoverable - thanks to IT husband) amongst other things.
So onto my other New Year's resolutions: I had noticed for a while now that the muscles in my bum and upper legs were becoming smaller, tighter and weaker. I am feeling much less stable - directly leading to recurrent episodes of subluxed, pulled, strained and torn muscles and ligaments within hip area. So whilst Number 2 resolution is to continue a low carb diet for both diabetes control and weight loss, Number 3 is to fix my growing weakness and instability. But I cannot afford a physio, and the NHS near me (a weird administration area in Yorkshire) only give you 6 sessions per condition and that is all. I looked into Pilates and it turns out only Yoga and strenuous stuff is available locally. Previously I have gone to a gym and done strength training, which I think also works.
Earlier this year I bought and downloaded a pdf of the Muldowney protocol.
My questions: has anybody else got the Muldowney protocol or done it? How good is it? Can you do it on your own without a trainer or physio?
Also, is there a Pilates video course online which you recommend? And (rather desperately) are there any groups of physios or personal trainers who do charitable work in Yorkshire?
Finally, what are your New Year's resolutions, if any?