Do you ever feel like people just don't understand how you feel when you say, “I’m trying my best, but losing the use of my legs has really made it difficult to work out.”?
Maybe, this week has been an awesome week for you…Recovery has been going well since your injury. You've finally been set free from the clutches of your physical therapist and they have sent you off to the races with some take-home exercises and things to do at the gym.
You have been lifting light, eating right, and following up with the best personal injury lawyer you could find in your area because of an accident that happened a year ago, but, then you go to the gym and you begin your routine.
First set – Great. Second set – You start to notice people keep looking at you. Third set – You begin to feel uncomfortable and not “normal.” You begin to question yourself, “Will, I ever feel normal again?” “Do I need to go back to physical therapy?!” A barrage of self-doubting questions begins firing through your brain.
Instantly, your amazing week is ruined. Your optimistic outlook on the world and your future slowly dwindle into the abyss of lost dreams. A sudden feeling of sadness and uncertainty settles in and you just come to a solution that you just have no clue how to deal with this problem.
I’m going STOP that sob story right there!
We Are Survivors Turned Warriors!
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Good people don’t just happen, good people are made through hardship.”?
The point of this article isn’t to remind ourselves about the difficulties of rehabilitation or adapting to an entirely new way of life. Those of us who have been unfortunate enough to go through an accident that changes your life already know the daily struggle. But it does not have to be like that!
People should try and understand that, following a life-altering injury, things change…dramatically. Hence, the “life-changing” part. Not only can we no longer exercise the way we used to, our psyche takes a hit as well. It’s like a pitcher who suffers a shoulder injury or a soccer player that twists their ankle. The sun with no rays, a snowman with no carrot…I think you get the picture.
Faced with this, we have two choices. Either, do nothing because it feels better and worse at the same time OR attack the issue with the determination of a lioness protecting their cubs.
All it takes is one small act of progress. An action. Each move...made with the end goal in sight. The gym isn’t anything compared to what you have been through. 10 minutes of traffic to get to the gym should be a cakewalk compared to 3 days in the I.C.U. Check out Kristen's story – she thought that she was too fragile to do anything until she began making small efforts to change her life. After a small amount of time and effort, you will fall into a routine. A routine of improving your physical health and also…your mindset.
You’ve Been Through So Much. Keep Working Hard and Don’t Give Up!
Your mindset is an incredibly powerful thing. It doesn’t happen overnight, but you will get there. It’s like the analogy I mentioned above. It just takes time.
Now that you've made it this far what’s important is that you don’t give up. Don’t forget that where you are now can be changed and that your future is directly related to the choices you make NOW.
Please, make it an effort to remember… there are so many people who have similar stories as you. There IS a trainer out there that has been in your shoes and can help you achieve your goals. What’s important is how you feel about yourself physically and mentally.
But, really keep it up… Celebrate the small victories. Consistency is hard and you should be damn proud of yourself after every workout.