Can’t believe it is already mid-week and that May is tomorrow?? I find myself in a place which is very familiar….the beginning! As many of you know, last July, one week before turning 60, I began working with a trainer. This was after years of being predominately dormant!
When I was in high school, girls did not play athletics…you know, I think I would have made a decent basketball player (my children are laughing across Texas!)…in college, I had no peers that I remember who worked out or played sports…other than water volleyball in the pool at the sorority house! Exercise was never really anything I did or was encouraged to do…I honestly have no memory of a doctor telling me at any time I should be exercising.
So, there I was last July, a mess….over weight, osteoporosis setting in, constant fatigue…literally, a mess. From July through January of this year, I did weight training two days a week, and cardio from 2-4 days a week. I was feeling great…strength in arms and legs.
Then, I injured my hip reflexor….not exactly sure where the injury occurred though it was after working on a treadmill that I remember I could not walk the next day. I dragged my left leg behind me like a sack of potatoes for two weeks before seeking physical therapy. Since late February, I have been able to continue the two days of weight workouts, but completely stopped the cardio.
Even now, there is still a slight pain in my upper thigh/hip area; however, things are finally feeling like complete healing is imminent. But, I have gone backwards, yet, again….fatigue has returned, weight back on, and strength zapped.
I have only entertained for a second that I should just quit! The idea was attractive for just a moment. But, I will start over again and begin the cardio again by the end of this week. The training on Tuesday was tougher only because I am now feeling the effects of not doing the cardio.
I felt compelled to write this today in case there is something one of you wants to quit…but you know you should press on. I try to think of my life if I do quit…a curved little lady with brittle bones, trouble breathing, and not enjoying life at all.
I will start again and maybe, just maybe, finally get this physical training thing right. My deepest desire is to feel strong and healthy like I felt around Christmas…with flexibility and easy movement and to begin to look my best with weight off my body…I will persevere and hopefully stay injury free for a longer time.