Ok, so I haven’t posted in a few days, but I’m finally back and it doesn’t mean I haven’t been hard at work at the gym! I finally feel somewhat “normal” again mentally – getting back into the groove of things, and preparing for my half marathon also which is coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m seeing a sports doctor once a week for my shoulder and although he has restricted my workout (no bar bells) somewhat to limit chest work, I can still pretty much do everything in moderation – and more importantly, I can still practice my beloved pull ups! I’m up to 3 full pull ups (wide grip) now, and 12 close grip pull ups. They may not be perfect but I’m getting there, and trying my best to pay attention to my form, because I want to avoid injuries as much as possible in the future. I’m doing a lot of studying at the moment about the anatomy, particularly muscles, joints and tendons to get a better understanding of how I need to train to maximize my training. I can see major changes now in my abdominal area – the six pack is starting to creep up slowly but surely, starting on the top of my tummy (which I guess is the easiest area to show definition, but hey – I’ll take it!) and I’m also seeing some veins popping up here and there – very exciting!
I have been feeling some tightness in my knees /feet lately and paying close attention to that and monitoring my tiredness which had been creeping up a couple of weeks ago and still hanging in there. But I’m proud of myself for getting through the tough times mentally speaking, and more and more reminded of that it’s all in your head and your body can take more than you think. That being said, DO pay attention to physical, shooting pain – that is never a good sign, which is why I started going to the sports doctor. There are two different kinds of pain – one that is physically jarring, and another one that is more mental, like “sigh, I would rather lie on a beach drinking a Pina Colada than go to the gym” kind of a pain 🙂
Happy training everyone – I will back soon with more!