It’s a new month and I’ve been feeling a little ‘stuck’ lately. What’s been going on and how I plan to get out of my rut this August.
It’s officially August! Where has the time gone!? I seriously feel like we just had New Years. I cannot believe how fast 2016 has been flying by. It’s crazy to think about. At the beginning of the year I made SO many goals for 2016 and all of the things that I wanted to do. I accomplished so many personal goals in 2015 and had so much momentum behind me that I wanted to just crush 2016.
2015 ended with my first ever NPC bikini show and I could NOT wait to compete again in 2016. I had planned at the beginning of the year to compete on July 9 – and as you can tell, that came and went. If you have followed my fitness journey up to this point, or if you’ve read the post or watched the video about my recent injury, or what happened after competing last year, you’d probably know that me not stepping back on stage this year isn’t a huge surprise. But it wasn’t just with the show, there were so many other things I wanted to accomplish this year too that I feel like I have seriously slacked on.
I’ve been seeing a physical therapist once a week for the past couple of months. The full ‘diagnosis’ was that I have a completely twisted pelvis (which could have happened for many different reasons), lordisis of the lumbar spine (I naturally over-arch my back), bursitis of the hips (basically they are inflamed), and the SI joints at the bottom of the lumbar spine, (stay with me here) are not correctly activating my glutes. If you watch the video, I try to explain all of that better than I can type it all out. Basically, I’m a hot mess. I can’t even sit with my legs criss-crossed…yeah, it’s pretttty bad.
I was told that if it doesn’t begin improving, I’m being shipped off to a hip surgeon for surgery – my worst nightmare. So I’m everything I can to avoid that situation.
I get my hips dry-needled on the regular – such a fun experience (can you feel my sarcasm?). I also had a massage at work about a week ago where I worked with the therapist to relieve some of the tightness around my pelvis and glute area – most painful hour of my entire life – but it got a liiiiiiiiiiiittle more mobility happening.
Basically, it hurts to sit, stand, sleep, and exercise. Sounds fun right!?
I think you’re beginning to detect my sarcasm now.
I have taken the last month or so off from working out as hard as I had been used to, and have started focusing more on stretching. Working at a gym and training when you can’t workout is depressing!
I am thinking about doing a ‘Road to Recovery’ Vlog series where I show you my appointments, my stretches, and what I’m doing to make sure I can avoid the surgical route, being that I’m only 23 (even though I feel like I’m 80), and heal myself up.
I know a lot of other people have been having these similar issues who have shared their story with me on my Instagram, so I’m hoping these videos may just be able to help some people who are going through something similar!
In the mean time, I’ve just been working on my personal training, growing this blog and trying to keep my head up!
New month, new mindset
The last couple months I have to admit that I was pretty pessimistic. Not being able to workout, being stressed about work, and not being where I thought I’d be this late in 2016 started to take a toll on me. But this is a new month, and each day is a chance to reset.
I have a lot of exciting things planned for the coming months so I’m going to focus on making this blog better, and also myself better during this time and doing the best that I can with what I have, and making the best out of my situation.
Things could always be worse, am I right!?
Here’s to a new positive start this August! Let’s make it a great one! Happy Monday!
What do you have planned for this month?!
Thanks for reading,