Injury comes in many forms and can encompass every aspect of your life. About two months ago, I tore my hip flexor. It has taken a surprisingly long time to heal; however, these past two months has allowed me to truly analyze the mind body spirit connection. Prior to the injury I was in a great groove, in fact, the day before I had ran a 5k in the fastest time I can ever remember. I felt like I was unstoppable until a combination of steps, oil , rain and human error came into play. It knocked me down both literally and figuratively. At first, I was convinced it would only take about a week to heal. But as I hit the second week I came to realize how serious this could be. My initial emotions were ones of frustration and anger. I felt like I was being punished, by who I’m not sure. I knew these emotions were not productive and certainly not conducive to my new lifestyle, too often in my past have I let my negative emotions of the day drive my life. I was determined to work through it and come out on top. I tried to focus on the things I could control. Diet, reflection and small amounts of training.
One thing I noticed immediately was the fact that this new way of eating was allowing me to not workout daily and still not gain weight back! An extremely positive revelation! On the other hand, I realized not having a daily workout/movement regimen made it harder for me to make positive choices in the kitchen. I began going to yoga more often which not surprisingly helped with my negative feelings. Slowly I was able to incorporate more movement: swimming, yoga, walking, hiking. Immediately, my mood started improving I still wasn’t working out at my same level but I was able to focus on truly listening to my body. And not surprisingly it didn’t have a problem telling me when I was pushing too hard. Through this event, I have learned what I already knew but always seem to forget. Life happens. It doesn’t wait for you and what you think the perfect time is to have things happen to you.
The takeaway. When bad things happen during the course of life or in the middle of a lifestyle change don’t give up. If you have a injury big or small focus on what you can do. If you eat something thats not on your “plan” don’t feel super guilty and just give up. Realize that it’s possible your body or mind needed that little change up and just keep going the next day. Visualize your goals, write them down and say them out loud daily. Love yourself for what your body and mind can do today. We have enough societal pressures without being negative to ourselves.
I hope everyone has a safe and injury free week!