Hey there. Today I want to talk about something that I know many of my fellow bloggers out there can relate to. And that is bouncing back from some sort of physical disability that is preventing you from doing the things you love.
As you may remember, I rang in 2016 by having a cystectomy on my lady parts. This came right at the tail end of 8 weeks of getting back on my feet (literally) from my torn posterior tibial tendon. It all was a bit demoralizing as I had carefully planned my miraculous athletic comeback to be over New Year’s… I even imagined what it would be like if I took my first ride on New Year’s Day! It was disappointing to be laid up in a Percocet-induced slumber instead.
I rested a lot and patiently waited for my 4 week post-op follow up where I felt confident that my doctor would tell me that I could ease back into physical activity. And when the time came, that is exactly what happened.
I was very careful when I went to the gym at the end of January. I rode the stationary bike for 10 minutes and did some light leg weights. Nothing crazy. Nothing intense.
And then I felt like my insides were going to rip out of my stomach. My mind was saying yes but my body was saying no. It was actually saying h— no.
I think any workout lover out there can relate to this in some respect. You really want to do something, you think you can do it and then you realize that your body isn’t ready. It’s so depressing. But here is what I keep in mind:
– One of my orthopedic surgeons told me last year that your body really starts to change in your thirties. Things start to slow down, you don’t bounce back as quickly, and all of the stress that you put on our body with running and certain exercises for the past 30 years really starts to catch up to you. Embrace it, yo. This is where I think strength training really comes into play with injury prevention.
– Listening to your body is probably the most important thing you can do when you’re bouncing back from something. It’s very tempting to try to push the limits but don’t do it. It’s not worth reinjuring yourself.
– Time heals. So true but will drive an inpatient gal insane.
After the gym incident, I decided to let my body rest some more and not make exercise (or being upset over not exercising) a focus anymore. My car getting stolen really helped take my mind off of this anyway I am feeling like I might be ready to get back in the game, so I will probably try another lighter exercise session here in the next few days!
How do you cope when your body is saying no?
Did you ever have to change your workout philosophy after an injury? I was working on running prior to the whole foot/knee thing but now I’m going to be allllll about the cycling.