Pick Things Up & Put Them Down

Picture this – one moment you’re completely fine and the next, your kneecap is on the side of your leg.  Disgusting right?  You’re telling me.  About 11 months ago, I was doomed to crutches for 3 weeks with this extremely painful injury.  Naturally, I’d never been on crutches before and had no idea what I was doing.  Even more naturally, I got frustrated.  Who needs crutches?  I’ll just hop around on my other leg and while I’m at it, I might as well go back to the gym too, right?  Wrong.  One month later – partially torn meniscus and patellar tendonitis in what was formerly my good knee.  I’m an idiot.

After several doctors appointments that consisted of the doc basically looking at me and saying ‘smh’, I was referred to physical therapy…again.  “You should probably actually go this time,” they said.  Fine. 

For 9 months on and off, I went.  I sat on that table and did exercises that I’m sure would help in the long run, but in the moment just seemed like a waste of time.  I knew I needed to strengthen, but – surprise, surprise – I was going to do it on my own terms.

I joined a new gym.  I finally accepted that I needed to stop running (for now), and that an hour of cardio wasn’t going to do anything for me either.  I wanted a change.  I want to be stronger, I want to be more confident.

Enter weight training.

Now, if you want to be more confident, do not throw yourself in the middle of a weight room with tons of meathead guys.  This environment does not breed confidence for a newbie with chicken legs and the ability to do 2 pull-ups, tops.  However, if you are willing to work towards being more confident, go for it.

I’d dabbled in weight training in the past, but never really knew what I was doing.  Now, I can actually feel myself getting stronger.  It’s a pretty powerful feeling to go from being told to do single leg raises with a 2lb ankle weight, to squatting nearly twice my body weight.  Most girls fear getting bulky or being judged by those around them.  I’ve learned that you will only get bulky if you are trying to get bulky.  And the people around you?  Chances are they’re not actually judging you.  After all, you’re there for the same reasons.

I’m sharing this all with you because I am so excited about this lifestyle change.  I leave the gym feeling accomplished, not exhausted like I was when I was doing all cardio.  I eat whatever I want, knowing that my body needs to refuel.  I have goals to look forward to.  Oh and my knee?  Hurts about half as bad as it did when I was in physical therapy.

If I can do it – so can you.  Let me know if you need help getting started 🙂