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It’s Monday. And I’m determined to be part of the wave of folks willing to end the trend of obesity. That’s right…starting with myself, one pound at a time, one workout at a time, one day at a time. It’s a commitment I’ve not only made to myself, but to my family and loved ones.
The goal has been–starting today, August 5, 2013–I would start on my second month of Insanity and start the Focus T-25 Challenge today.
Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t go as planned. And a setback can be just as much “mental” as it can be physical.
I played in a softball tournament this past weekend. I injured my right calf near the end of the first game. Since we won, we were scheduled to play a second game. And for our team, we barely had enough girls for the first game, let alone enough players. So I decided to tough it out. Instead of playing outfield, I played catcher.
I must stop here and say, I hate the catcher position. I always get hurt. And yes, for our game second game on Saturday, the balls bounced up and hit me smack in the mouth. OUCH. Okay–but I’m a big girl–and that was nothing compared to the throbbing pain in my right calf.
I played through that second game. Hit the ball well–made it to first base–normally on a healthy leg it would have been an easy double. But I made it safe to first, then we were allowed to let one of the other two ladies on the team come in and run for me. Unfortunately, we played an excellent team who smoked our guns and we lost that game. I’m here to tell you that was a blessing because I could NOT have stuck it out for a third game that day.
I came home Saturday afternoon–and regretted that decision to play through the second game. Don’t get me wrong–I’m glad I played because I don’t like to quit–but the pain in my right calf about sent me over the moon. It was no better on Sunday and I had a headache all day long from the pain. Ibuprofin, sports cream, Ice, Heat–nothing helped.
And I was worried. Mentally it was getting me way down. I had workout plans for Monday (today). Let me tell you…worrying doesn’t get you anywhere. It is a stupid waste of energy and yet– I worried because I knew my pain level was up there and if Monday was a repeat of Sunday, working out was not going to happen.
I woke up this morning, pretty determined to at least try. I knew immediately I could not even attempt Insanity. It was fit test day and Max interval circuit and I knew the fit test would blow up my calf again.
So I did Focus T-25 Alpha Cardio (back to day one because of the Shaun T challenge). I went with Tonya for the entire video…and even then had to modify some because of my calf. Like I could not go up on my toes and lunges were totally out. Instead I kept my feet flat and did more modified jumping jacks instead of lunges. I took it super easy on my right side and I pushed through the pain. I focused a lot on getting the moves in exact form (except the toes part) and I focused on keeping my stomach tight.
And here’s the great thing about Shaun T’s Focus T-25— you can modify and still get a great workout!! I was sweating towards the end and my calf felt a bit better after getting some good blood flow towards that area. And I was really surprised that my calf didn’t throb more afterwards…it really felt much better (still does). If I could do this with a pulled calf muscle then I have hope I can continue on with this workout until it heals without causing more injury. This is the beauty of T-25…even with limitations you can get it done!
Impressed?? HECK YES! And I feel so much better–because mentally I’m over that fear and worry that my commitment to end the trend would have to be paused on the exercise front.
So this week–while I won’t be starting month 2 of Insanity, (I’m hoping to start a week from today), I am going to continue on with Focus T-25 and I’m going to follow through on my commitment to myself to eat clean. I’ll be looking at my calorie and carb intake as I won’t need as many of either, since I won’t be doing Insanity. I’ll be drinking my Shakeology and taking it easy on my calf.
If I have learned anything today is that, if there is a will, there is definitely a way!!
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