“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
I woke up and limped to the almighty scale. I need help, not walking but I’ve hurt myself and I need to stay on the weight loss track. I’m so afraid this leg pain is going to cost me my hard-earned weight loss motivation.
Why am I limping? I’m limping because I’m a type-A, overachieving, super freak! Every time I start to work out consistently and see results, my type-A overachieving persona takes over and I do something completely over the top. Before I know it, I get hurt which completely sabotages my weight loss efforts!
Squats have been a problem for me since my 20’s. No matter how much I concentrate on form or how many personal trainers or physical therapists I have work with me, I end up hurting my knees. Over the past few months, I have been able to get away with twelve ballet squats per workout. Yesterday, motivated by the small results I’m starting to see and my playlist, I decided to go for 60 squats with some weights on my shoulders. What was I thinking?
History Repeats Itself
I started running a few years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed the runners high from my one-mile run/ walk, so I whimsically signed up for a 5K Thanksgiving Turkey Trot. I did realize that normal people train for things like this, but why would I let that hold me back? The route was completely cross country with a rocky trail and uneven ground. Hours later after the run, I bent over to take the Thanksgiving turkey out of the oven and couldn’t get back up! Let’s just say my husband was less than thrilled that I invited thirty of our closest family members over for dinner and spent the entire day on the couch grimacing in pain.
Time to Learn To Exercise in Moderation
I’ve had more fiascos like this than I can count. Since my personality is so all or nothing, my typical response to a self-afflicted work out injury is, screw it since I’m off track I might as well eat and drink everything and anything I can get my hands on. This super freak isn’t going down this time!
And Now It’s Time To Contend With The Scale
But back to today, I stepped on the scale this morning to find that it was stuck on the same weight as yesterday. Ugh. I knew this was coming! We all see all those motivational signs about abs being made in the kitchen and 80/20 or 70/30. As for me and my body, I need to move in order for the scale to move. I get the best results when I walk (not run) for a consistent hour every day. And that is just not happening right now since I can’t stand for over 5 minutes without feeling shooting pains up my spine- ugh.
How I Hurt Myself and Stayed on the Weight Loss Track
I decided I had worked too hard to lose the weight this time and there was absolutely no way I was going to gain it back. And I have to tell you, I’ve been down and out with back, neck, and arm pain for over a month and am rocking my weight loss goals!
Here are 3 of Simple Ways I stayed on the Weight Loss Track
- Focussed on my diet and ate even healthier than usual which was somewhat easy since I was doing the Whole30 during a good portion of the time
- Scheduled and enjoyed every second of self-care I could treat myself too. For me, this meant a lot of Epsom salt baths, infrared sauna sessions, and a few craniosacral massages.
- Reset my goals so that I was only accountable for things I could control. And I even took going to the gym out of my calendar (for now). Looking at it every day and feeling like a failure because I didn’t go was bad for my moral so I gave myself a break.
So, in the end, my back still hurts and I may not be able to lift my right arm but I am down 6 pounds. And this time, I can officially say even though I hurt myself, I stayed on the weight loss track. There’s always a bright side:)
How do you stay on track with exercise when you have an injury? What exercise does your body respond best to?