The day I am writing this marks my return to the gym after dislocating my shoulder. It will have been 2 months.
It is amazing the changes that have happened in that time. My energy had disappeared, my clothes are a lot tighter, and things hurt that didn’t before.
With all of those pain issues in my life and all the pleasure in stand to gain by going you can understand how excited I am. I can’t wait to be more energetic, more flexible and look better.
Still there is one thing I am dreading. Is it the soreness the day after? No. Is it getting ready, driving there and going through all of that? No again. Is it wading through the sea of new year fitness people? Nope. They are usually gone by now. So what is it?
The hardest thing for me is having to start over. Before I injured my shoulder is was lifting certain weights, running for certain time and distance. Now after two months off I will have to start from below that. It is hard not to be a little discouraged. Being a motivational speaker this is both a great challenge and opportunity.
So how am I tackling this? How am I going to stay motivated and not feel discouraged and quit? Several things. One I’m enlisting help. My lovely lady is going with me. She is a great source of both encouragement and accountability. I’m also employing anger and frustration. These are emotions I always caution using. Here however, I am going to keep looking in the mirror and seeing how far I have regressed. Doing this will help me keep that fat crying like in the picture above while also being able to note the improvements.
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