Pushing Through

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Number One on my gratitude list

Today is thankful Thursday, and I’ve had a huge breakthrough with my mindset and filled with gratitude. But first, let me rewind and catch you up.

I began my health & fitness journey in 2015 and discovered my passion for it in the process. I’ve lost and maintained over 50 lbs through WW (Weight Watchers reimagined), and have worked hard in achieving my fitness and stamina – always looking for ways to challenge myself.

On March 3rd, I had arthroscopic knee surgery to clean up my knee (I had ACL reconstruction in 2011 and arthroscopic in 2012). Since I’m literally in the best shape of my life and at my healthiest (as opposed to prior knee surgeries), I thought this would be easy. I thought I would bounce back so easily. Was I wrong!!! Yes, I was properly informed about the surgery & post op, BUT I guess I thought I was superwoman

The first week of surgery was a VERY long week. I forgot how limited I would be. Fortunately I was able to ditch the crutches on post op day 6. In the meantime, I was struggling mentally.

This was so much harder than I anticipated – the physical and emotional.

While I continued to progress with physical therapy, my mindset wasn’t there yet. And in the midst of this, enter the corona virus. I originally was thinking that the virus was overblown by the media to cause a panic. The virus came to life when a wonderful well respected, well loved man, whom I’ve known my entire life was hospitalized with the virus. Thankfully, he is stable now. 🙏🏻❤️

The virus, and the freedoms it has taken away from us with business closures, took my mindset down another notch. The outlets that have been my therapy in the past have been taken away since I’m rehabbing my knee. I would LOVE to be able to go out for a nice long walk. It’s still too early, and I’m limited to 5 minutes – 10 minutes top. I must listen so that I don’t over do it and hinder my progress… but its also SO HARD!!!

All of this has wreaked havoc on my nutrition for the past several days. I’m talking behaviors that I haven’t engaged in in years. Overindulgence. And guess what? There was NO joy in it. It brought me NO satisfaction. And it definitely didn’t solve any problems!!! So, why did I do this??? Trying to fill a void.

What I DO NEED right now, more than ever is proper nutrition for my emotional health and recovery. Sugar is an inflammatory. Inflammation has the ability to affect my recovery by causing muscle pain and weakness, interference with my body’s natural ability to repair bone mass, compromise the liver & kidney’s, depression – to name a few. No, I don’t need to eliminate anything. Balance & Moderation has been one of the many keys to my success. I may have lost it for a few days, but I’m back on track.

My long list of gratitude on this Thankful Thursday includes: my son is HOME; my daughter’s pregnancy is healthy; family & friends; continued progress with physical therapy; my stitches were removed yesterday; reconnecting with family & friends; increased prayer life; still sober; the birds are singing.

I will try to practice more patience with myself and others along with self-compassion

I will close with one of my favorite quotes:

Imagine with all your mind ~ Believe with all your heart ~ Achieve with all your might

Life With Lisa 💕

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