**Disclaimer: as some of you may have heard, I scored a couple of sponsorship opportunities from some pretty cool companies. Three of the four companies have asked me to bump up my level of fitness related posts, with particular emphasis on training as an adaptive athlete. If you’re not interested, I totally get and would encourage you keep on a scrollin’. But, if you are? Sit back, grab a drink - in my case, a Nuun blueberry pomegranate water (#shamelessplug) - and get comfy**
When I first started this journey, I equated fitness with loss....loss of weight, loss of jiggle, loss of appetite when kale was put in front of me. I mean, you get it, right? No more junk food. No more comfy couch time. No more saying “yes” to a second slice of pizza. .
It took a long time to learn that with that loss comes gains. Gains in strength, gains in muscle mass, and, sometimes, even gains on the scale. It is absolutely necessary to trust the process as a whole and not simply focus on one day. Ironically, the process is not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
Throughout this process, the hardest areas for me to work have been my legs and core. One leg is severely overworked daily, while the other often serves little purpose other than a place to hold my right shoe and, of course, the perfectly matched Swiftwick sock. Core work is especially difficult given that I’m missing an entire hip joint and have a fused pelvis (not to mention broken femur, but I digress). For most of this time, I have avoided this work unless I was begrudgingly forced to do it.
In early September, I realized my legs are giving out more and more, causing me to stumble like a drunken sailor on leave or - even better - causing me to completely wipeout like Bambi on ice. As much as I love upper body work and knowing that I can haul myself around on crutches, I knew I had to start focusing more on core and leg work. So, I did.
Remember those gains I was talking about? It’s almost three months later, and they’re starting to become noticeable. Enter squats, exit baggy pants.
In fitness, like life, not every day will be a good day, but there will be good in every day.