I have only had a few serious injuries in my life, but another one has popped up. I won’t go into the details of it, but this injury will require visiting the doctor and potentially even need a bit surgery to fix. It’s effectively made me unfit to work out; but I can still go on walks.
If something like this is happening to you too, do give yourself at least a couple of seconds to scream into a pillow and let out the pent up frustration. It definitely helps, but don’t dwell on it for too long.
Well, There Go All the Gains…
Every time I think about not being able to workout, the fear of losing gains is what immediately comes to mind. My waist line is going down a bit, which is great, but all of my strength and muscle gains I’ve made throughout the year are starting to dwindle
“You’re on a downward slope back to where you once were. All your hard work up to this point has been for nothing. Give up.”
That’s the mindset my brain keeps trying to make me accept, and it’s always difficult to ignore.
But It’s Really Only a Speed bump
I think everyone hits a health speed bump at some point that puts a halt to their ability to work out, though I’m sure this is nothing that can be overcome with enough determination. It’s hard to accept that you are going to have to stop working out for a while, especially when you really enjoy it. But the thing that everyone in this situation, including myself, needs to realize, is that this is not the end. There is always the choice to to give and let old habits take hold again, or instead take advantage of whatever options are still available. Maybe some gains will be lost, but that’s nothing that can’t be regained.
And There Are Still Options
Maybe it isn’t a good idea to go to the gym. However, going on a walk every day might be the new workout for a while instead. And being put physically out of commission doesn’t mean that having proper nutrition needs to to to the wayside. It’s a great and simple way to still keep the pounds off.
So Not To Worry!
“Some things in life are bad. They can really make you mad. Other things just make you swear and curse. When you’re chewing on life’s gristle, don’t grumble, give a whistle, and this’ll help things turn out for the best. Annnndd….Always look on the bright side of life!(whistle)”- Monty Python’s Life of Brian
I listen to this song over and over again, because I know it speaks the truth. Things could be worse, and in the grand scheme of things, whatever happens to be wrong right now probably won’t even matter half a year from now.
To anyone out there who has been put out of commission. Be patient. Everything will work out in the end.