Look Ma… No Crutches!!

Today was my 2 week mark in the cast. I went to the doctor’s and the cast came off. I was put back in the boot and then came the most awesome news… I can bare weight on my foot.

Though it was exciting to hear, the first time I tried to walk pain shot through my ankle and I walked out of the office on the crutches. 

When I got home I decided to man up and try to walk. I put the crutches in the ready position, as a safety precaution, and started walking. The pain was still there but I was able to manage. And now I have a lot more control and I can actually walk around in the boot. 

Can’t stand for too long and can’t walk too far without the pain bringing me to my knees, but the fact that I don’t have to use crutches and can walk from the kitchen to the balcony with my dinner or cup of coffee is AWESOME!

Now, I have 4 weeks in the boot and then I am home free. Woohoo! 

And in closing I’ll leave you with this thought from Gibran Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece The Prophet:

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.”

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Training Day 2

Just a quick update today. 

I went to the gym for my Back and Triceps workout this morning. It was a lot harder than I expected. The triceps workouts I like to do, and too stubborn to give up, all require me to be standing up. 

It was hard, but it was so rewarding at the end of the workout when I looked back and realized I conquered yet another challenge.

I kept on thinking about this a bit: FOCUS!! And boy, did it take a lot of focusing to get through today’s workout!

I gotta say, my core was engaged to the max like never before… certainly not like any back and triceps session from before!

 

One addition, I realized my man purse solution for the water bottle was pretty extremely efficient for 2 reasons:

  1. I run out of water pretty fast and waste a lot of time hopping around the gym to refill the water.
  2. Yesterday, when I went to refill the water, there was a couple of drops of water on the floor and I almost slipped!

I came across my CamelBack last night and decided to use it at the gym even if I looked like a fool… and it reminded me of this:

“It doesn’t interest me how old you are.
I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool
For love, for your dream, 
For the adventure of being alive.” – excerpt from the poem The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer.

And so, I went on with my CamelBack to the gym and, though, I didn’t look around I was sure I got some interesting looks. Oh well, I got my workout in and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Shoulders workout.

Cheers,

~m

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Dinner on the Balcony (harder than I thought!)

I usually like to have dinner on my balcony during sunset, the view is usually pretty awesome. But, how would I get my food from the kitchen to to the patio with the crutches… Soup isn’t particularly easy to carry while on crutches!

Well, MAcGyvering a solution was in order:

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Yep, an oven tray. Because in the case of any spillage everything will be contained! 

 

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The long way to the patio!

 

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I made it… The rewarding view!!

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First Training On Crutches

I had decided that I will not give in to my temporary handicap. There was no way It will come between me and my training and weightlifting.

That being said, I woke up this morning and packed my water bottle in a bag made to carry an iPad (yes, a man purse) and off I went. The 1 mile drive was not fun, but I made it.

Now was the time for the real challenge, actually working out. Typically, Monday is my Legs & Shoulders day at the gym, considering my current condition I had to change that to Chest & Biceps (Monday is internation chest day after all!)

I had already planned my workout. I knew there was no way I can manage lifting my normal weights. I used to do 80 lbs dumbbells by 12-15 reps for 3 sets for the incline bench press and 75 lbs for flat bench press. So I decided to go with 50% weight and twice as many reps.

Getting the dumbbells off of the rack and rolling them over to the bench made for an entertaining, sometime hairy experience but it was all good.

I was able to do my bench press and incline bench press with seated dumbbell curls and preacher curls 30-40 reps each set for 4 sets total (oh yeah, I’ll be sore tomorrow!)

It was hard, it was challenging but during my workout a couple of people came up to me and said “Now that is dedication, we are impressed!”

Needless to say, I am humbled, but proud. I feel accomplished and I am looking forward to tomorrow’s Back and Triceps workout.

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