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The Game of Psych

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Yup, that's what it is sometimes. I've had some rough years, physically, lately. So some of my "fears" that have been limiting my workouts are legitimate. I've actually put my jaw or neck or back or knee out by doing certain workouts. Sometimes all 4 because one going out just throws everything else out. I finally had a "straw the broke the camel's back" injury this summer that REALLY set me back but was probably a blessing in disguise. I'll probably blog on that later. But for now, I'm on the comeback trail and testing the waters as to what I can get away with and what I can't.

I started back slow, with workouts that were easier than I'd normally like and, what I felt, were safer. Once I got my feet wet again and I've been doing good on the easy ones, I knew the time would come where I had to bite the bullet. My mind's been telling my it's risky to jump on the elliptical because of some injuries I've had with it. Two days ago I decided it was time. Every other workout I'd been doing had been just fine, so it's time to try it. I went in with the mindset that if I felt anything wrong, I would give myself the freedom and permission to just get off and let it be okay.

I did 6 miles! emoticon I didn't throw anything out. My Trigeminal Nerve pain didn't get triggered. I was really happy.

Tonight I broke through another psychological wall. I used to (about 8 years ago) like to workout at night. We were homeschooling during the day and night workouts just worked good for me. As our lives changed and injuries abound, pretty much everything about my workouts changed or fell to the side. So in this present day, I have found that afternoon workouts with supper in the crockpot as I get my sweat on, works well, however, I've decided that there are just days that I'm not going to get that afternoon workout in and night time might be my only "get it done" time. My head's been telling me that I'm too tired and won't enjoy it. Or that I really don't want to wake up that much this late at night because I won't sleep. Or that I'll be too tired to get up in the morning. Or that I'll wake someone else up in the house who is already asleep. My head has said many things. Tonight I shut all of those things out and at 10 PM I put a dvd in the player and hit the elliptical for another 6 miles!

Like I said, I've had legitimate injury issues. But at some point I just needed to identify and separate which were legitimate concerns and which were just voices in my head that needed to be hushed.
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