So you’re trucking along in your fitness journey and making great progress! There is no stopping you now!!
Then it happens. You’ve had this nagging pain for a while but you’ve ignored it. When you can’t take it anymore you finally head to the doctor and are shocked to learn you have (insert injury here) and have to cease all exercises involving said injured area.
You leave the office pissed off at the world, saying screw it and wanting to eat all the food. Am I right?
Yeah, I am. Because I’ve been there. Twice. And I’m fairly confident that most people will, at some point in their journey get injured and/or suffer a set back. So, what do you do?
I’ll tell you what I did with my first injury and what I’m doing now while I let my current injury heal (and hopefully avoid surgery!).
In early 2015 I learned I had a stress fracture in my foot and was put in a boot for 2 months. TWO months of not being able to do my normal high impact, super intense workouts. Before I tell you how I got through it I need to be honest and tell you that I came home in that boot and had a big old pity party. I allowed myself the rest of the day to be a whiney hiney, poor pitiful me. I gave myself that that day to get it out of my system.
There is ALWAYS a way out or around a crappy situation. Pity party was had complete with crap comfort food. Don’t judge me. I sat down the next day and figured out my plan. If I couldn’t work out with the intensity or even do some of the normal exercises I was used to, what was something I COULD do?
My nutrition. That’s where most of the results come from anyway, right? So, if I could keep that in check, I should be good. I might lose a little strength but that’s it. I tracked down my 21 Day Fix program and containers. Side note….I ordered the program months and months prior, got it in, super excited, took one look at those little containers and said “ah hell no!” Not even kidding, I didn’t even take them out of the plastic. They were dusty when I pulled them out. BUT, I knew that it was working for thousands of people and hello, I’m a coach, I should be able to do it. So, I figured it out. I was WAY over complicating it (duh, it’s what I do). So if you’re struggling or don’t think you can do the Fix, let’s talk. I’ve been there. I’ll get ya through it. 😉
Anyway, I prepped like nobody’s business and I OWNED my nutrition. I did my workouts the best I could and ended up just fine. I also learned that there is a ton you can still do in a boot and it’s a great conversation starter to boot. See what I did there?
So here it is, March of 2017 and I’m still dealing with an injury from 2016…I have tennis elbow. Doesn’t sound like a big deal but like most things, the severity differs from person to person. Mine is so bad that cortisone shots do nothing. Months and months of rest, did nothing. I couldn’t pick up my cup of water without wincing from the pain up until a week or two ago. I couldn’t pick up a pan off the stove. I couldn’t pick up a 5lb dumbbell to hand to my client. That’s a huge problem. Surgery was on the horizon and truth be told, still isn’t completely ruled out. I found an alternate type of therapy and injections and it’s working wonderfully so far. I’m not 100% yet but I’m WAY better. I can work out again (albeit super light weight). I can pick things up without nearly crying. I’ll take it! But I’m getting off track. So, what has my focus been since I haven’t been able to do any biceps, triceps, back or any type of pull related exercises? Nutrition, cardio and lower body. While it’s not ideal to skip body parts, I don’t have much choice. Either do what I can or do nothing. Obviously that’s not an option.
So here’s my advice. If you’re newly injured, allow yourself the pity party if needed. Give yourself a DAY. Then pull up your big girl panties, grab a pen and paper and write down all the things you CAN do, despite your injury. You might be surprised.
Okay Breanne but your injuries aren’t that serious. I know they’re not compared to some. Still, there is ALWAYS something you CAN do and that’s what you should focus on. If you’re battling an injury and at a loss as how to stay on track, let’s talk! <3
Cheers to coming back stronger than before!
**Disclaimer, don’t be dumb like me and ignore a nagging injury. Had I addressed both of mine sooner, I probably could have avoided BOTH!!**