Damage Control

30 Jun

I’ve been posting for a few days about my first week’s progress and every is going awesome! The food I’m eating is delicious and my workouts are getting done and I’m feeling stronger.

What I want to tell you about are the physical aches and pains I have and have only now begun to deal with. Over the years from participation in sports and being as accident prone as I am, I have had many minor injuries: countless twisted ankles, a thrown out back, a broken foot, pulled hamstrings, strained butt muscles, jammed fingers and this list goes on.

Most of this stuff is minor but over time untreated it has gotten worse. For example because of the broken foot, years of wearing high heels and countless twisted ankles I had to work up to doing full calf raises. The first time I tried them my feet felt like they were on fire.

Big freaking deal if I can’t do calf rasies properly. Boo Hoo! But it IS A BIG DEAL because how on earth and I going to reach my goals if I have bad feet and weak ankles? It seems like such a minor thing but it’s the foundation for building a stronger leaner leg. Vericose veins run in the family, if there is anything at all that I can do to prevent this, I will.

The lifetime of damage on my body doesn’t stop with just my muscles and bones. I have also had many, many years of unhealthy habits and poor digestion. When I was 19, I was diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). From about 8 years old until 26 I lived with pain related to this condition. Up until recently I thought it was normal to have abdominal pain once a day, after meals. Although I don’t have the pain that I used to, it’s only because I now pay attention to what I eat and know what sets it off.

This journey for me is not just about getting to some goal weight so I can look better. I want to repair the damage I’ve done, to treat those untreated weakened areas of my body, to stretch out those tight muscles that haven’t been tapped into in years and to improve my digestion. This is the beginning of getting touch with my body and restoring it to it’s most efficient state.

Ground Rules Status Check Monday & Tuesday
• Schedule my workouts in my calendar and do them as intended — done
• Schedule time (at least 15 mintes) in my calendar to work on Eating 101 and do it — done
• Log my food & liquid intake — done
• Log workouts — done
• Post on this blog — done

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One Response to “Damage Control”

  1. John Patterson June 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Great example of someone being responsible for ‘what is’ vs jumping into something and being naive. Most people don’t do this – it is what we call ‘evidence the state of mind of an ambitious adult and prove fitness’. It is the act of thinking accurately about your current fitness (body, money, identity) before you go to future steps.

    Bravo.

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