I meant to post this yesterday but I got sidetracked with a nasty flu and ear infection that left me pretty useless for the first half of the week.
If you’ve been a long-time reader you probably remember my tales of the stress fracture I developed in a bone in the ball of my foot. For any of you who are new(er) readers of The Gluten Free Grazer, last February I started having terrible pains in my left foot and when it swelled to triple its normal size after just 2 days of pain I headed to my podiatrist to figure out what was wrong. Well, yesterday marked the one year anniversary of buying the “coolest” shoe ever, The Boot.
I was in that sucker for a good 3 months and haven’t missed it one bit. To mark the occasion I wanted to share some of the lessons that life with an injury taught me and why I think I’m healthier, happier, and stronger today than I was a year ago.
- Before my fracture I would feel horrible about not working out. This was definitely an unhealthy attitude and I no longer freak out when I miss a workout (or a few). I know my body won’t change dramatically overnight!
- Rest is just as important as workouts for active people. I had to spend a week on bed rest my second week in The Boot and found that giving my body a break helped it heal quicker than constantly being on the go.
- Life exists outside of the gym! I had always known this but the point was really driven home when I banished myself from the gym for the first 6 weeks in The Boot. The first couple of weeks were a rough adjustment but soon I learned to fill my calendar with friends, family, and exciting things going on in DC.
- When I could hit the gym again, I had to avoid any cardio. I discovered weight training and lifted more regularly than I ever had before (3x a week).
- While I didn’t eat a lot of junk I focused on eating a lot more naturally. I shifted to buying a lot more of my produce at the farmers market (and only buy my eggs there) and realized that I could take care of myself from the inside out.
- It’s okay to ask for help. My friends and family were amazing in helping me while I was injured. They offered me emotional support, didn’t laugh too hard when I used the motorized cart at the grocery store, drove me around, and so much more.
- Fashion < health. I love shoes and that little habit had to change when I got injured. I haven’t worn a heel in over a year! For the first couple of months I was only allowed to wear sneakers. It was the hot new fashion Now I buy shoes that are not only cute but comfortable and supportive. Better to learn now than later I guess?
- I am so appreciative of my feet. That may sound weird but thing about it. When one of my feet wasn’t working, walking, standing, and even sitting was a challenge. I even had to be careful of how a bed sheet laid over the top of my foot. I’m now thankful that both feet are fully functioning and all that I can do with my body!
Have you ever dealt with an injury? How did you work to overcome it?