Sunday, October 16, 2011

Motivation Sunday

Today is was one of those days where I just need a boost, of what I am not sure. I started my day off with a 60 min. cardio workout mixing it up between cycling and elliptical followed by some bicep and shoulder workout. I tried working out my tries and back, but my ab muscle is still apparently sore so I held off. It could be another two weeks or so before it is healed. Craig and I ran some errands today, and I was just grumpy. I think what set me off is seeing a bunch of runners along the side of the road. My foot has not gotten any better, not any worse though either. I still have a nagging pain around the side of my achilles. I know I really need to just go in and get it xrayed to find out exactly what it is. I have done everything from heel raises, calf stretching, icing, etc. and heck I have stayed away from running for over a month now. Yes, I still do the elliptical and cycle, but only at most three days a week, otherwise I have been in the pool. It is just so hard for me to deal with. I want to be out there with the rest of the crowd, enjoying the awesome fall weather and running it be as simple as a 5k.
So after my grumpy mood I came across the ever so famous Pinerest website and was hooked. Heck, I should be grading papers but instead for the last hour I have been looking at motivational posters and educational activities to do with my kids, the dang website got me hooked. It is amazing though how much a simple quote can really up your spirit. I know what I need to focus on right now is what I can do and give my body the time it needs to heal. I need to do what I can, with what I have, where I am. So I can't run right now, I am thinking I should lessen the cardio and focus more on weight lifting once my side oblique starts to heal up a little more.
In all reality, I think I am just in a HUGE transition part of my life right now. I am at the age where I am ready to start having a family. Craig and I both agree our college days are done with, and nights staying up until 1 am are too much for us anymore. I have all the reasons in the world to be happy, heck I am getting married to the most wonderful man in a little over 4 months, from there we will purchase a house and start our lives. It always seems as if I am always living for what is to come and not taking in things at the moment. Always looking towards tomorrow, but never taking granted of today and what I have right now.
I may not be 100% to give it my all with my workouts, but I should be happy for what I can do and enjoy it for the time being and realize that over time my body will heal and I will get stronger and better!

So yes, I can do this. I can get through these irritating injuries and move past and come out on top. I am strong and I have faith that I will do this!
Do injuries ever get you down, what was the longest you were out?


  1. Love the motivational pieces you found! I've been fortunate enough to never have an injury so serious that I have to completely abstain from exercise, don't know what I would do though! Take care of yourself!

  2. I love the motivational messages on pinterest. they really are so great and awesome reminders! i was out for nearly a month in the spring. and then my running was greatly reduced from there on out because i pushed myself too quickly. it was incredibly frustrating so I feel like I can relate to what you are saying in this post. I tried to focus on other things during the time like a balance between rest but also trying new forms of fitness. I also read a lot of running, health and fitness magazines and made an effort to focus on improving my eating, etc! thinking of you!

  3. The longest I was out was 5 weeks for my broken toe. I'm starting to get a little nervous because I strained a gluteal muscle (I think I strained it..) and I've been unable to exercise. It's not the fact that I can't exercise, just the fear that I won't come back strong and the fact that I'm supposed to race on Thursday. I'm just rationalizing and reminding myself that I have never come back worse from the many injuries I've had.

    I LOVE PINTEREST. Follow me and I'll follow you back.
    From what you posted, I will probably repin all your pins.

  4. Great post, I hope the doctor is able to figure out what is wrong with your achilles. Wouldn't surprise me if the doctor requests a MRI of the area to completely figure out what is wrong. Hopefully it is good news. But mainly, I think going to him will make you at peace, because you will know what you are dealing with.

    For the rib strain, I would probably just hold off on doing ab exercises if they hurt, or if you do them, do them only with your body weight.

    I do like those motivational posters above, sometimes I like watching motivational videos, the one below is one of my favorites: