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90% is better than 0%

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Yup, I learned something tonight - modification is key and something is better than nothing (but I still don't have to like it).

I don't know why, but I'm the type that just can't bring herself to modify most things. I find that I have the feeling that I'm not getting the full benefit out of the workout if I don't do the whole thing, at the highest intensity my fitness level will allow. (I know, All or Nothing mentality.) Even when I did Insanity, I had to follow Shaun T's example. No wonder I thought it was the hardest workout on planet earth!

But tonight I was humbled into having to modify a few things thanks to a wrist injury last week that still has me weak in my left hand (and the worst thing is that I don't even know how I did it). For the last week I'd been babying myself; went for a run (something I didn't need a working wrist for), but now it was time to bite the bullet. I was bound and determined to get my strength workout in (currently doing Les Mills Pump). I guess I'm fortunate that it's with a barbell, because I know my right arm compensated some for the weakness in my left, where if I was using dumbbells I wouldn't have been able to assist the weak wrist, but I still had to modify some. I couldn't do any push ups (not that there are that many in it, but there are some). I even tried to do them up against my piano so as to only be at a little of an incline instead of on the floor. Nope. And, I had to lower my weights for the Clean and Press. Again, humbling to have to lower them - always trying to up them. And the planks for core at the end. Nope. Just looked compromising, so I continued to do weighted crunches instead.

But, the lesson learned here is: I did 90% of the workout without modifying and that's better than nothing. If I would have continued to wait for this injury to heal for the rest of the week, I wouldn't have done anything. So, 90% is better than 0%!


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    Crazy coincidence, because between trying to overcome "perfectionism procrastination" and being short on sleep, sore from work, and still feeling obligated (to myself!) to work out, I have spent the last few days getting used to the same idea. We have all heard that "anything worth doing is worth doing well," but "doing well" doesn't have to mean that it pushes you to your physical limits, it can also refer to satisfying your psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs, not to mention protecting your long-term health and safety.

    For someone who is used to killing it, pulling back a little is really difficult, so you did a GREAT job.

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  • BEFIT021
    emoticon When it comes to sprains & strains you DEFINITELY want to baby it!

    And,also, consider it changing up your regular routine a bit. And that's always a good thing! Keep your body guessing!
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    Congrats...Way to go!
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    You have found the secret .. moderation in all things will always succeed .
    Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon
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  • SUNSHINE99999
    I totally agree. emoticon
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