After visiting the doctor yesterday, I learned I have a bulging disc in my back. I had been in pain for about three days — pain that felt centered in my left butt cheek (sorry, no getting around that!), and radiating in my lower back and down my left leg. It was hard to sleep comfortably, and especially hard to sit upright at work all day.
The doc prescribed pain meds to help me feel more comfortable and steroids to lessen the inflammation. Here’s a little info graphic showing what happens when this occurs:
My doctor instructed me to refrain from running, walking, dancing — any kind of “pounding” activity and more strenuous workouts — for a week or so. In a few days, swimming will thankfully be OK, and I’m so grateful for that.
I’m grateful because the moment my back started hurting, I started feeling defeated. I have had a few strong weeks of losing weight, eating well and exercising regularly. The last thing I want right now is to derail any of that progress.
In short, I’m scared.
That fear is a little over-dramatic — I know this. I know that my steady weight loss, even if it has been a little at a time, is mostly thanks to restricting what I’m eating. Since I started Weight Watchers, I’ve been much more cognizant of what I’m eating and how much I’m eating. There’s no need for that to change — in fact, I have no doubt that I can continue to lose weight even if I have to refrain from harder workouts for a couple of weeks. I may need to be a little stricter with my diet, but I can work on that.
I plan to take it easy over the weekend and if I am feeling better, I will try to swim again next week. I always feel stronger and better about my body when I’m able to work out. Plus, I hate the feeling that I am not doing all the things I can do to continue some success. In my head, if I’m doing all I can, even if I don’t lose weight, then at least I have given it my best.
It’s important not to beat myself up — our bodies go through ups and downs and it’s important to take care of my body and let it heal when needed. But I will admit to feeling a little defeated.
I will work on overcoming that feeling, though, taking it easy for a few days, and enjoying swimming when it’s possible. Just because I have an injury right now doesn’t mean my progress will inevitably be derailed. It’s time move forward in the ways that are good for me, and then get back to regularly scheduled programming when I am healed!
How have you dealt with an injury in the past? What steps did you take to continue on your healthy journey despite the injury?