Broken… again!

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See that gray spot… yeah, that’s a hole in my left ankle. I apparently was born with an extra bone (I didn’t previously know about this) and that bone decided to break and take the house down with it! 

When said bone broke off, it took a little extra chunk out with it. Surgery is on Feb. 19th. That’s the bad news. 

The good news? I come with spare parts built in! The surgeon will be able to use the extra bone for a bone graft and patch me up (YAY!)

Bad News: 6 weeks non weight bearing.

You might be wondering how this happened? The honest truth is, I have no idea! 

It’s been hurting for the last couple of months and I finally decided to go see the doctor last week. This time around, I haven’t been biking, hiking… not even longboarding 😛

This time around I am prepared. I’ve been on that rough road before and I’ll go through it again. I have some amazing and wonderful people in my life that will make the whole ordeal much more bearable and pleasant and I’d like to thank them all in advance!

Also, this time I will be investing in an iWalkfree which should make the experience a bit more tolerable and entertaining!

Like last time, I am planning on staying on course with my diet and my workouts (upper body only) I won’t let this stop me from reaching my goal of 10% body fat this year. It’s just another challenge and I’ll deal with it.

Stay tuned for me 🙂

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An Update!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” 
― Kahlil Gibran

First:

A big shout out to some amazing people in my life. Two awesome friends, a.k.a The Best Family, came by yesterday and helped me with some grocery shopping. But there is more, they cooked my food for the week AND did my laundry. Truly amazing and kind people. They did all that because I merely mentioned how much I wanted to get back on my diet, yet it was hard to cook while on crutches. 

You guys are awesome and I am forever in your debt. 

Today, I was able to go to the gym and had an awesome Chest and Biceps workout. I tweaked it a bit to suite my current state. Here is what I did:

I usually superset all my exercises to save on time. This is still a major factor now since everything takes twice as long. But I also wanted to be able to do less exercises (sadly) but have a big impact. I decided to stick with free weights, even though it proved challenging to move the weights back and forth between the racks and the bench. I did a massive superset:

Superset 1:

  • Flat Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 30Lbs x 20 reps 
    • 20Lbs x 20 reps
    • 15Lbs x 20 reps
    • (each of the above followed by 10-15 reps of Flys without a break)
  • Seated Dumbbell Biceps Curl:
    • 30Lbs x 15 reps
    • 20Lbs x 15 reps
    • 15Lbs x 15 reps

The above was repeated for 3 sets. 

Superset 2:

  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press:
    • 30Lbs x 20 reps 
    • 20Lbs x 20 reps
    • 15Lbs x 20 reps
    • (each of the above followed by 10-15 reps of Flys without a break)
  • Preacher Biceps Dumbbell Curl:
    • 30Lbs x 15 reps
    • 20Lbs x 15 reps
    • 15Lbs x 15 reps

Also repeated for 3 sets. 

By the time I was done, my pecs and biceps were toast… in a good way 🙂

Tomorrow, Tuesday the 17th, I go back to the doctor’s to take the cast off and replace it with the surgical boot. I have mixed feelings about this. 

I kinda hate the boot since it is pretty darn heavy to hop around on crutches. But on the bright side, it means that the end of this is nigh. Woohoo.

And with that, I’ll leave you with pictures of my cast post decorations courtesy of my friends and co-workers.

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On day three, faith in humanity is increasing!

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“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” – Gibran Khalil Gibran

Today was my shoulders training day at the gym… That went great and all, but really the important thing was the people at the gym.

On my way to the bench, my towel slipped and was about to fall off my shoulder. While trying to pull a balancing act on my crutches and keep the towel from falling one of my crutches hit the floor. Before I can do anything 2 people ran up to me and helped me out. 

After getting to the bench, I went to grab a couple of dumbbells and a guy, probably around my age, runs up to me and helps me out and takes the dumbbells and sets up by the bench.

Then again at the end of my workout, I had 3 sets of dumbbells at my bench and I started rolling them towards the rack (I re-rack my weights no matter what!) This older gentleman run up to me and says “Working out with a broken foot is dedication, but trying to re-rack your weights afterwards is a whole other level. Let me do that for you, please!”

Made my day!

“The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with joy are goodness, beauty, and truth.” – Albert Einstein 

 

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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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So This Happened!

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As a lot of folks know, I’ve been on an awesome journey of getting healthy over the past ~2 years. I’ve lost about 153+ pounds. But that’s not the point of this!

Because of the weight loss, and being more active I’ve craved new experiences that were simply unreachable at my heavier weight (~400 pounds). My most recent experience was to “try” and learn how to ride a longboard… It ended in breaking the 5th metatarsal bone on my right foot (I actually heard it go “POP”, a hell of a noise to hear!)

That happened on Sunday August 25th.

The surgery to add that lovely titanium screw happened on Friday the 30th and I have 6 weeks of being in the mixture of a Surgical Boot, a Cast and then back into the Surgical Boot and how can I forget the CRUTCHES!!

I gave myself one week. One week to get over my self pity and being miserable and down on myself. And oh good God was I down on myself. After all, I won’t be able to participate in the Canary Challenge that I trained so hard for.

Also, this week served as a learning phase. I had to relearn how to do everything and I do mean EVERYTHING!

Being non-weight bearing and one crutches adds an interesting challenge to my day to day activities.

That week is over. I figured out my way around the apartment. My cousin flew in from NC and helped reorganize my apartment (he actually did most of the work, and I watched helplessly) to better suit my temporary situation.

I am already planning on going back to the gym tomorrow. I’ve done some research on exercising while on crutches and was disappointed. There isn’t much out there. I’ll have to figure it out as I go…. I am excited about that.

I’ll be working from home as well, and that is also exciting.

Hooray for new challenges.

I’ll try to update this once or twice a day… It all depends if I find that I come across something worthy of noting down.

On a closing note, those carts have a surprising oomph to them and an awesome turn radius!

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