Thursday, December 31, 2009
How To Modify Fitness Goals After Injury
I've been talking about how my Twitter bud @kokogirl started up the Twitter Trim Up Challenge (#TTUC) this month. At first I didn't really think about it but have been quite interested and excited to fully commit!
On Monday I wrote about my goals and some of the smaller goals that would get me there. First off, I neglected to mention that my time frame for these goals is the summer. I don't have a specific date per say but somewhere around July for the most part. To me, I need an actual deadline but I also need some flexibility so I don't set myself up for failure.
Next, as the title alludes I do have an injury or two to address. The most pressing that interferes with my goals (among other things) is a neck injury that was sustained in a car accident when I was a teen. The effects have become more pronounced over the years but I am being fairly diligent in treatment. For the most part.
The second injury also started from the aforementioned collision but has only recently re-surfaced. After playing the worst round of golf in my life on Christmas Day, I woke up the following day unable to move my right knee without excruciating pain and discomfort. On one hand, I was excited that I really hadn't lost my swing but on the other I knew that meant no surfing the rest of the weekend.
Okay, let me get to the point - I had a visit with the sports medicine doc yesterday. I got a cortisone shot for the first injury's effects and the second will be further investigated by an MRI this afternoon. In the meantime, I was told that twisting motions would not be advised until the results come in. No twisting motion = no golf until further notice. I can use the elliptical trainer and surf on gentle waves with a longboard. The latter he relented after asking me where and what I surf (it rules having a surfing doc). No rough waves and no riding the shortboard. I can live with those terms for now.
So - to make this post even longer - here are my modifications to my smaller goals in order to reach my larger goals. Modifications are italicized:
I'll elaborate on my eating habits to give you the full picture. The only new item is #4. I've gone without adding salt for 3 days now and it's a snap! I think I even feel a little less lethargic? Maybe? Here are my rules for eating: