Today was my first day back to boot camp this week. For the past several weeks I have been battling a pretty bad hamstring pull with no sign of improvement. To prevent from injuring it any further and hopefully give it a chance to heal, I’ve taken the past five days off of boot camp and any other forms of exercise.
Since my hamstring was feeling a bit better, I got up this very windy and chilly morning, dressed myself in several layers and excitedly headed out the door. I have to tell you that missing boot camp even for this short amount of time has really put me into a bit of a funk. I have really noticed a change in my mood since I last worked out. Even at work, my tolerance level has been at an all time low. Not only that, my eating habits started to slide as well. I know it’s only been 5 days, but I am already starting to feel myself slipping back into some old bad habits.
Within just a few minutes of arriving at boot camp, I could already feel my spirits starting to lift a bit. Unfortunately my mini high was short lived. Shortly after the warm-up began, I felt that old familiar stabbing pain in my butt. Well, not really my butt, but right at the base of it. Soon as I felt the pain, I slowed down and shortened my gait to almost the pace of speed walking which seem to help. I was able to perform almost all of the exercises with the exception of the sprints. My form may have not been pretty, but I was there and doing it.
By the end of boot camp today, I was feeling so frustrated I wanted to cry. I know that injuries happen all the time, but I think I have had more than my share of them. This is one of the reasons why fat people stay fat. You work your “butt” off, start seeing the results of all your hard work, and then BAM! your hit with another injury. I know that thin people get injured too, but because of the years of abuse we put our bodies through, I think we are more prone to injuries and longer recovery periods which causes folks to get frustrated and give up. I’m not saying I’m giving up by any means, but I have a better understanding why people do.
A very wonderful person gave me a gift certificate for a massage and I am planning on using it this weekend. Also, I went ahead and scheduled an appointment with my orthopedist, whom I am almost on a first name basis with, for this Monday. Hopefully, the massage and my doctor will put me on a speedier tract to recovery.
Please understand, I am not frustrated because I’m injured, I’m frustrated because I finally found something I love to do and am getting pretty good at it. The thought of missing even one day hurts. I am so worried that I am going to go to the doctor and he is going to tell me to stop going to boot camp.
Wish me luck.