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?