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Some setbacks may have me down, but not out

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It's been a stressful time lately. I've blogged about the problems with my dog. He's holding his own and still leading a quality life, but at night he is often very restless and that means no one sleeps. No sleep means I'm pretty loopy the next day and and struggle to do my best at work. It can be tough. On top of that, I'm temporarily sidelined from doing what gives me the most stress relief -- running. Recently I've been experiencing some pretty bad pain in my left hip, so I finally decided to see a sports medicine doctor and was diagnosed with hip bursitis. I'm not supposed to run or walk for exercise, but I am able to work out as long as I stick with low impact exercises. For now I seem to do best with the exercise bike, even though I must say it's pretty boring! Since I can't work on increasing my running speed and distance the way I'd like right now, I am putting more attention on losing weight. I hope that between riding the bike, losing weight, and building strength by working with free weights, I'll be ready for my first 5K of the year in April, despite not be able to follow a traditional training plan. In the back of my mind I have some fear that this condition won't clear up, or that it will come back when I start running again, and my running career will be over almost sooner than it began, but I push these fears back and refuse to even go there. I know there are people who have suffered more serious setbacks than this who were able to come back stronger than ever, so I feel there's no reason not to stay positive. I'm sad to say there are some around me who would like to believe that this is a sign I shouldn't be running, and who say things that aren't exactly encouraging. I can see, though, that their words prove that misery loves company. Just because they have given up on fitness and exercise doesn't mean I have to just so they can justify a sedentary way of life. For a change I find I'm not letting this kind of negativity bring me down. I'm going to use these negative words as fuel to motivate me to prove them wrong. I plan to run again, and to keep running. I may be down, but I'm not out. There are things in my life right now that I can't control, so I'm embracing those things I can control, such as my eating, and how I react to the challenges I'm facing right now. OK, I'm rambling now, but you get the point. We just can never, ever give up.
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    Take your time and heal, and you WILL be able to achieve your goals. You may want to do some modified exercises so your hip can heal. I am glad your faithful companion is still having a good quality of life.
    1850 days ago
  • AMYC2013
    I am taking your words of what I cannot control vs. what I can. Wise woman! Hang in there.
    1851 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    it is how you handle the setbacks that will determine your success! aqua jog, swim, bike all good low impact cross training. get your HR up on the jog and spin will help keep you ready for your 5k. you will recover from this minor set back you just need to get the inflammation out of the joint
    1851 days ago
    Everyone has times they face a halt situation in their routine to exercise and lose weight. I am in one right now. I had back surgery and got a bad infection in my spinal cord. I spent weeks in the hospital. They put me on a high calorie diet for weeks, because the infection was eating up my nutrition. I gained weigh for the first time in over a year. I was discouraged. Couldn't exercise. So after months I ask the doctor to send me to therapy so I could get a start back with exercise. I am doing well. Slow coming back, but well. I am back to eating healthy again. I have decided take what I have and work with what I can. It will all come back for us. Don't worry. Oh I also had bursitis back in early fall. I had been training and accomplished my first 5k walk. I had lost over 100 pounds in a year. So I was able to do a 5k. I was so happy. But atlas I did develop bursitis from pushing to hard. Rest is the best thing to help the inflammation to reduce. That too takes a little time. Don't despair! You just work with what you have until it heals. Don't give up and keep moving, but with care. Don't push it. If it hurts don't continue the exercise. Go to something easier. You will heal faster. Good luck! emoticon
    1851 days ago
    emoticon I love your motivation!!!! Keep it up!!!!!
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