It doesn’t matter who you are, if you like working out or consider yourself an athlete you will at some point have to deal with an injury. I have been competing since 2006 and have been pretty lucky but over the last few years there have been a few injuries I’ve had to learn how to deal with.
Every competition I have trained for has been very different in terms of the diet that worked, how I trained, and the circumstances of my life. Starting out I was young and single but had no clue what I was doing. Then I found myself married to someone in the fitness industry who helped teach me along the way. Now I am a mother, a little bit older and wiser but now I have to deal with a tear in my shoulder as well as very painful arthritis in my back. For years I have preached to clients about how to get beyond the negativity that injuries play on the mind by focusing on what you CAN do instead of what you can’t. A lot of the time what you can do is not what you are going to want to do but in order to get over the injury and keep going towards you goal you have to suck it up.
My current training style has changed dramatically from what I was doing several years ago. I used to love Crossfit and really enjoyed Olympic lifting but my body clearly told me that it didn’t love it so now I have gone back to what I was doing in 2006 only with more knowledge. My husband had already suggested that I go back to traditional bodybuilding methods to save my back and shoulder, it was not my favorite idea because I love adding things like tire flips and snatches but I knew he was right (I just didn’t want to admit it).
At first it was hard to get into gear but my strength has dramatically improved and I am seeing great changes with my body. Mentally I feel stronger than I ever have but I work at it every day. It doesn’t matter what life throws at us at the end of the day it is our choice how we deal with it and the attitude we take.
Life is too short to spend time being negative or dwelling on the bad things. The last thing I want to do is regret not trying harder at something I truly love because you always have a choice, give up or find another way. Whatever it is in your life that is causing you doubt or keeping you from having faith in yourself ….look a little deeper and choose positive thinking. Repeat affirmations, start writing your goals down, and then write down what you need to do to get there. Anything is possible if you are willing to put the work in!