One of the most frustrating things that can happen to you when you’re getting back in shape is an injury — in fact, it can derail everything you’ve worked for if you let it. In case the picture of my peeling purple nail polish didn’t give it away, I woke up this morning with some pretty intense pain in my heel. I was really hoping that taking it easy at work would be enough for it to go away, but alas that was not to be. The pain was much worse by the time I got home, and I was forced to cancel my workout for the day.
Although this setback is a little bit discouraging–especially because I had a minor fall off the wagon fairly recently–I refuse to let it have any bearing on my weight loss. It’s not a serious injury (most likely it’s just from walking around too much in work shoes with very little support) and there is still so much I can do to get back in shape!
So…..I have paused my Bikini Body Mommy Challenge on Day 22. Hopefully this is only for a day or two, but it will all depend on how quickly this heals. Instead, I will be doing non-weight bearing strength training exercises that don’t put any stress on my heel. This plus an effort to tighten up my diet should be enough for me to continue losing weight and gaining strength, and in a few days I can jump right back in to more intense workouts 5 or 6 days a week.
After a dinner of rice, red beans, corn, and broccoli, I managed a short workout consisting of modified pushups and planks (on my knees so I don’t put any pressure on my heels). I’m not really sore at all, so I may do a few more sets before bed — just because I have to modify doesn’t mean I’m going to wimp out!
Questions of the Day: What was your most recent workout injury, and how did you deal with it? Were you able to stay on track or did the issue halt your progress?
Kathryn J Bradshaw said:
Injuries are such a pain (literally) when it comes to keeping up a workout routine. I had a problem with chronic wrist pain for awhile (I’ve since had surgery for it– thankfully). I was doing martial arts training when it really became a problem and it really made things difficult. Luckily, I had a great instructor who spent a lot of time working with me to find ways to modify exercises so I could still do everything and enjoy my training. I think finding good modifications are key. Minor injuries don’t have to knock you down entirely!
Modifications are sooo important when you’re injured! I’m really lucky that I spent enough time with NASM that I can still design and modify my own workouts without much trouble–even though I don’t use it, that certification was worth every penny 🙂