Monday, November 19, 2018
Challenge

Back to the gym!

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It not like I’ve not worked out in a while but, yesterday was the first day that I felt like I was really “back”.  Let me explain.  In September 2010, I got fed up and finally committed myself to working out and losing weight.  Things were going well and I had lost nearly 40 lbs. when I did something really stupid.  I was trying to separate some froze turkey burgers with a very sharp knife (you know where this is going right?) and the knife slipped, cutting my ring finger.  I got myself to the hospital and found out that I cut through both tendons, requiring surgery.

The next week, I had the tendons repaired and, for the next four months, I spent an average of twice a week in physical therapy.  Initially, I think I went through a mild bit of depression because I couldn’t work out the way I wanted to.  My bad eating habits slipped back and I all but avoided the gym.

During a meeting with my surgeon in June, he reinforced what he had told me previously — these injuries can take up to a year to heal and may require another surgery to address issues with range of motion.  But, he also told me that I needed to get back to using my hand without restrictions as that is where the true healing would begin.

My first few trips back to the gym were a sad sight.  I was basically at about 75% of where I was before my injury and felt terrible.  I felt the wrist on my injured hand want to give way more than a few times and thought I was going to drop the weight on my head.  But, a voice kept reminding me that I am still healing and that just a few months back, I couldn’t even hold this weight, much less press it over my head repeatedly.

Then, yesterday, I finally had a breakthrough!  Though I still can’t lift as much weight as I had previously, I got through about 90% of my weightlifting routine.  Then, I got trough 35 minutes on the treadmill at 4.4 mph, with varying incline, without getting winded.  So, I worked out for over 1 1/2 hours and left feeling good for the first time in months.

Now that I know I can do it, it’s back to work.  Oh, yeah, I’ve learned to be more careful around sharp knives, as well.

JP Smith
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