250,000-299,999 SparkPoints 252,493

Learning Limitations

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This has been a week of lessons for me so far. I found the injury I had to my left shoulder a little over a week ago is a little more severe than I originally thought (think "get a bigger hammer"). I spent the better part of last week trying to "work out the kinks" of the injury only to have it get more and more sore and even beginning to swell. Not a good plan, as you can imagine.

I broke down and spoke with my doctor, who recommended a referral to an orthopedic specialist to get the shoulder looked at. That was not what I wanted to hear, but what I needed to know. I vowed at that time to give that one shoulder a rest for a few days (which has now stretched into this week). That, however, did not keep me from going to the gym to strength train the lower half of my body and attending my deep water fitness classes (yes, I know, swimming involved both shoulders) because I am afraid I will fall out of my new regular habit of going to the gym for "me."

Now I have a dilemma. I signed up for the 12 week class at the Y and am scheduled to work out my entire body for that same period. I have to get a medical release for my pre-existing conditions, but now I have to add the shoulder to the mix (which, of course, prevents me from working on my "bat wings.").

Am I putting too much pressure on myself?
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    I think you are being hard on yourself, but I understand.

    We work so hard to change our lives. When something happens where we can't keep up our good new habits, we start to worry. I get panicky. I don't want to go back to where I was.

    However... I think 67YKCEB is speaking wisdom here! She's right! I have problems with my left shoulder. I've had them ever since I was a young teenager. I don't know what causes them, but it's not fun to live with. If there was something I could have done years ago to prevent this? I would have, too.

    So, try to take it easy on the shoulder! There are exercises you can do that don't involve it, right? You can make it work!
    1682 days ago
    I would agree with the others and rest that shoulder or you may damage it more and be in more pain later down the road.
    1683 days ago
  • 67YKCEB
    let me tell you a story ... one about a shoulder.
    26 years ago I hurt my shoulder. I went to a doctor but because it did not hurt when he pushed on it he said that it was just pulled and gave me some anti inflammatory meds, told me to rest it. come back if it's not better in a few weeks. Well I did not listen. It only bother me when I did things above my head, so I was just careful. 19 years ago I was working in a factory, doing a repetitious movement and my shoulder starting bother me. ... A LOT! X-rays, cortisone shots, PT, pain meds, nothing helped ..... I had to be moved to a different job cause my shoulder could not handle the job I was doing. It's my trapezius muscle. It starts at the base of your scull and goes across your shoulder then down your back. It's a great big triangle muscle. Mine will swell up and cut off the circulation to my arm, kind of like carpal tunnel, but it affects my whole arm and the pain is unbearable. Everything has been done to this muscle to try to fix it but surgery, and the reason surgery hasn't been done is because it's an old injury and they can't fix it. So I live with a bum shoulder. I still have to be careful with it. If I lean on it for too long it starts burning like it is on fire. I have gotten smarter with it and I don't push it anymore. But I will die with this bad shoulder. and why??? Because I did not rest it like I was told to do. So my advice to you is rest that shoulder. If you have to keep going to the gym so you don't lose your habit ... then ride an exercise bike or a treadmill. If I could go back and follow that doctors orders and rest my shoulder I would in a heart beat. This thing has been a constant problem for me .... all because I didn't listen.

    1683 days ago
    I did the same thing 12 weeks and hurt left shoulder and now only go for walking and swimming... It all comes out in the wash. Tomorrow is another day.. emoticon
    1684 days ago
    Seems to me Yes - but trust the voice inside you.
    1684 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by KACEYSW