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Not doing as well as I'd like

Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday I went on a 5k. I had not jogged since I broke my tailbone in February, but we were going with a group of friends and I had organized it, so I figured I'd better show up. Two miles in I managed to pull my hamstring. I was smart enough to walk the rest of the way, but it's still bothering me.

Despite the hamstring pull, I have been going to the gym and focusing mostly on upper body strength training, with some walking, and that's been okay. The problem is that my weight is ooching up some and I am feeling antsy.

Today at the gym I attempted to jog a bit on the treadmill. Besides feeling awkward and lumbering, my hamstring was having nothing to do with that. So I got on the elliptical for a while instead. That wasn't too bad. I'm feeling frustrated because it feels like I'm starting all over. I'm trying to stay focused on being where I am and working from here, rather than letting my image of where I want to be make me feel hopeless.

And I have to say that yesterday I sort of ate the entire world today and felt like strangling people, all because I didn't work out. I did work out this morning and I already have a much better attitude. There may be something to this "exercise addiction" thing.
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    I'm sorry you are having a rough time. Are you able to bike any or does that bother your hamstring too? My husband and I were finally able to get out and ride our tandem today for the first time. So much for biking every day this month!
    1822 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!!
    1823 days ago
    Finding new ways to move post injuries will help. Sounds like the elliptical might work better than the treadmill for now.
    1824 days ago
    You had a nasty tail bone issue and a hamstring is /can be a long timeer . TAKE it easy and you will be moving in no time . emoticon emoticon
    1824 days ago
    It is hard starting all over again, but given the severity of your injury to your tailbone, your body has been through a lot and you definitely have to take it a bit easier. Slowly work your way back in to fitness. Not trying to pick up where you left off back in February, or like you have found out, you will get another injury.
    Push yourself mentally to get back in the game, and push your body easily so that you can stay in the game!

    1824 days ago
    1824 days ago
    I can understand the frustration. Funny how we grumble about exercise, but then when we can't do it we want to more than ever! Take it slow and heal. You'll get healthy faster that way and the weight loss will follow. The important thing is to not give up! Hang in there and be proud of the progress you've made!
    1824 days ago
    I had rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. I am not as athletic as you, but I do go to Curves and I went back as soon as I could and did the things that I was able to do so I wouldn't lose what I had worked on in my legs and other arm. Progress was slow at first but eventually I was able to get back to normal. Don't aggravate that hamstring or it will take even longer to recover.
    1824 days ago
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