“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill
I woke up and limped to the almighty scale. 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 and get hurt which 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 always 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.
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.
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!
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. The kids go back to school in roughly twenty days and 8 hours and I know I can commit to an hour of walking once they do, but how will I fit it in now?
How do you stay on track with exercise when you have an injury? What exercise does your body respond best to?