I know it’s been a while since I did a post so I thought it was time for me to do an update on my progress.
Although I am still working on my shoulder issues things seem be getting better to the point that I have been able to get back into somewhat of a routine. It always amazes me how important these routines are for my mental health. The second half of 2016 was riddled with obstacles for those routines and it took its toll but I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason. I just don’t always know what the reason was until it’s in the past.
I have had a couple learning lessons. My first lesson was that when injury takes away the things I love to do, instead of sitting and doing nothing, the fighter in me should have been out trying new things rather than feeling sorry for myself. My second lesson was trying to not count points when my physical activities where decreased due to injury. I think I can revisit that idea one day but only when I am fully back into my fitness routine.
On January 8th I did my first Vancouver Island Race Series race. That same week I had decided to sign up for a Moksha Fit session, knowing I can’t due regular yoga yet but I had heard that it was something that I can do by making alterations to accommodate my shoulder injury. I am now back to my run club, Frontrunners Athletic Club, ran out of the Frontrunners in Westshore, boy did I miss that! The minute I was in my car driving to my first #VIRS race, my mind was more clear and I was less controlled by what I couldn’t do and more powered on what I could do. It was then I realized I had been a bucket of self-pity. I was disappointed that I could go there but I wasn’t in a good head space so the bad over-took the good.
Although, not a ton has changed with my shoulder injury, my neck is better so I can now focus and train for my half marathons for the spring. I still need to be mindful of my shoulders, but at the same time I have Tough Mudder in June so I am feeling super motivated to figure this shit out so I can ramp up my strength training. That is where Moksha Fit comes in; it has proven to me that there are things I can be doing in the gym to build strength. Just because I am not 100% doesn’t mean I can’t give it 100% everywhere else. Just being around my running and yoga community again has helped me feel strong and ready for challenges. They are inspiring to be around and everyone is dealing with some form of limitation due to physical or emotional issues.
As for my weight, I finally weighed in and I have some work to do. Between my post-surgery 10lbs and my injury-self-pity session over Christmas I managed to pack on 20lbs total. So to some of you that will be a jaw dropper, to me it’s a good lesson on respecting what worked and sadly where I am most comfortable, always working towards a goal, I am far from panicking about this. Aside from my legs being bigger, I really don’t notice it much but it’s enough that I am not staying here. Sadly, this is where I feel most comfortable, I love having that goal to achieve. I have been tracking, eating super clean, weighing and measuring and I already know I am down 3lbs this week but tomorrow is my official weigh in day. I have set a goal to be down 10lbs by the end of February and then I will set the next goal.