I am finally on the mend and back at it. Today I had my first personal training session at Crunch Fitness and it was pretty rough, but awesome anyway. I signed up for eight 30-minute sessions, which pretty much means my trainer kicks my butt for 30 full minutes without much rest. I’d love to say that I kept up my endurance over the last month by modifying my workouts to accommodate my broken toe and hurt foot, but I didn’t, so today’s workout was crazy hard.
I have battled many injuries and two major ones in the last year that have kept me from running for a couple of months. I fully intended to maintain my endurance and fitness level by modifying my workouts to accommodate the injuries, but I didn’t. I used multiple excuses along the lines of:
- I’m too busy with work
- I just moved and am getting settled
- Why do anything when I can’t run??
- And on and on and on.
The excuses won. I lost my drive and motivation. I felt sorry for myself. I made more excuses. And the vicious cycle continued leaving me starting from scratch once again. Learn from my mistakes.
- Don’t make excuses. There is always something you can do, unless you are in a full body cast. I could have certainly performed upper body exercises and no impact cardio like biking more often than I did, I just made excuses.
- Don’t feel sorry for yourself. This becomes a vicious cycle of why me. I just was feeling back to myself with my running and working out and then boom, I break a toe in a stupid, freak accident. I cried. I felt bad for myself. And I let these feeling fester and which led to my down fall. I should have cried. I should have felt bad for myself. And then I should have moved beyond those feelings.
- Do what you can. Figure out what you can do safely and then do it. Continue your scheduled workouts with modifications. Every single person will face some sort of injury at some point in their life, it’s how you react and deal with that injury that makes all the difference in your mental and physical health.
- Eat Clean. I will admit with the injury and depression from the injury, my diet was less than perfect. I do soothe myself with food when I feel bad. Not working out plus a bad diet equals weight gain. This is a time you should actually focus on maintaining a clean diet because it is likely with any restrictions physically your overall calorie burn will be less. If you continue to eat the same or more, you will gain weight.We are all a work in progress. We make mistakes. It is what you take away and learn from those mistakes that make your future better. I did better with this injury, but not as good as I would have liked. I am hoping never to be injured again, but if it happens, I will be coming back to this post so I don’t make these mistakes again!
What tips do you have for someone who is injured?
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