May 1st And I’m Back!

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Thanks to Sean_virgo for the photo.

Hello there!!!

Yes, it’s me and I am back from the dead, like I promised. I had to take a break from blogging because there are a lot of things going on personally that I needed to focus on and the pressure of blogging consistently was stressing me the hell out.

A part of being healthy is knowing when to let things go and take a step back. It was a good break.

But here I am, ready to join you all again in your healthy journeys.

To catch you all up…

On January 22nd, while teaching a Cardio Kickboxing class at Lucille Roberts in Flushing, I pulled something in my back. Being the badass (or fool) that I am, I continued to teach classes through the pain. Then, 2 weeks later, while teaching the same class, I hurt it again and this time the pain was excruciating. On February 6th, I went to the orthopedic specialist, who in turn had me go for an MRI. It was determined that I had a 2 Level Herniated Disc of the L4-L5 vertebrae.

So off to Physical Therapy I went. And it helps. But there was something else (pain near the T1 vertebrae) that PT was not helping. So, after 6 weeks of therapy, I went to see a spine specialist to get a second opinion. He who said he pain I was having farther up my back was actually a muscle sprain. Oh man, was I relieved. After a few more weeks the pain from the muscle sprain went away and I was left with just a throbbing in my lower back and a minor soreness that traveled around my right hip and down my thigh.

This is where I am now.

I would say that I am about 80% better, but I have full mobility again. There is still some slight soreness, but nothing that a heat pad and some Aleve don’t handle. And I am still going to PT, but every other week (that *ish is expensive). In between I’m going doing some yoga stretching to increase my flexibility. I have begun working with weight again and have started doing some bodyweight strength training, but I still can’t do cardio. Which brings me to my next point.

During the last 3 months, I haven’t been able to work out at all. My appetite, however, did not subside. As a matter of fact, my immobility brought on a minor bought of depression and made me eat worse than I have in a couple of years. So, that means I’ve gained weight. And I have to tell you, it’s A LOT! Are you ready for this?

I am up 30 motherfucking pounds.

Yup, you read that right.

My clothes barely fit. I’ve lost all my muscle tone and strength. And let me tell you, I feel really damn shitty about it.

I’m a Personal Trainer. I should have managed this all better. But you know what that shows? That I am just fucking human. That’s it. Even people in fitness go through stuff sometimes. Doesn’t make me any less valuable than that size 4 trainer next door. Just means I know what its like to fall hard off the wagon. I’m just glad I can’t hop back on it.

Good things:

·         I’m back to eating better this week.

·         I taught my first class in 3 months on Tuesday and it was an awesome Kettlebell class.

·         Even though I haven’t been working out, I still feel strong.

·         I am proud of myself for not pushing to get back to the gym too quickly and therefore hurting myself more. I’ve taken the time to let my body heal.

·         I’m gonna try some light jogging this weekend, maybe on the beach or on a trail – to alleviate the impact on my spine.

·         I registered as a temp and am currently on assignment. Let’s hope the money keeps rolling in.

There are other things going on that I’m not quite ready to share yet. Assuming things go as planned, I’ll have a lot to tell you in 5-6 weeks.

That’s it for today. I’ll be back Monday to share with you my workout tips for those recovering from lower back injuries. Apparently, there are a lot of us!

#INSPIREAWESOME

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