It’s eleven in the morning at the time of this writing and I should be on a plane headed toward New York to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival. Instead, I’m in bed writing this email to you.
Why? Because the universe hates me.
Okay, not really.
It’s because I hurt my back Sunday night. I was working on a puzzle—yes, I know I’m a dweeb—when I bent over the table and, uh oh!
It felt like my lower back was tearing in two!
You may remember that I had some lower back trouble earlier this year, but this was different. This was much more painful. So much so that I couldn’t stand up at all!
Luckily, the pain subsided and I was able to get up and walk again thirty minutes later. This was a huge relief, but then I thought, why now? Why when everything else that day had been going my way?
The weather had cooled down to a comfortably warm 90 degrees with a slight breeze. I had just played tennis after almost two weeks off, feeling and playing better than ever. My weight training sessions had been going phenomenally well, with gains made almost every workout for the past 9 weeks.
And of course, I was all psyched and ready to learn new things, meet new people, and fill up on tasty fresh produce at the fruit festival. All of this with no back pain to speak of!
Then I realized something.
All this whining wasn’t helping me one bit. No amount of tears or curse words were going to make my pain go away and they sure as heck weren’t going to help me figure out what caused the injury in the first place.
What would make the pain go away? Rest and lots of it. That means no tennis, no lifting weights, and no flying to fruit festivals.
So that’s what I’ve been doing these past few days.
Okay, so I have cheated a bit. I did go out for a couple of hours Tuesday night. And guess what? I paid the price. My back ached all through the night and was even worse the next morning.
So it’s back to rest, rest, and more rest. And it’s paying off. The pain is significantly better than it was two days ago. I can actually bend forward a few inches without any pain!
But enough about me…
What about you?
We all know that disappointment is just a part of life. Things can’t go our way all the time and we have to be able to roll with the punches.
What disappointments have you experienced lately that have affected your health and fitness goals? What have you done to get back on track, make your situation better, or even just improve your mental outlook?
Leave your comments below!
Go raw and be fit,
P.S. Wondering what caused my lower back injury? I’m pretty sure I have the answer to that and it’s actually pretty simple. In fact, it’s a nasty habit that almost every one of us engages in multiple times a day.
More on that in a future article…
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