Sometimes life has a funny way of forcing personal growth. Not because you’re unwilling to grow, but rather, we feel we need circumstances perfect in order to believe we are strong enough to accept such growth. Continue reading “Personal Growth”
Three years ago, today. I had a spinal stimulator implanted into my back. 6 years ago this week I sustained a spinal cord injury.
As I reflect on my progress I want you to remember that injuries don’t have to define you. They may shape your life but they don’t have to end it.
Learn how to modify movements and exercises so you can be successful. If I can do it. You can do it!
Three years ago I began day 1 of a brutal 8 week recovery from a spinal cord implant surgery. It was a game changer but it was the hardest 8 weeks of my life.
This is what I had implanted into my back. It works wonders but its not 100% so I definitely have days where the pain is so bad I have to lay on the floor just to get relief.
March 2017, I did my first bodybuilding show which was a bucket list item. I ended up placing 5th.
My second show was July 2017. I placed 1st at this show.
My third show was in August 2018 and I didn’t end up placing at this show.
I did my 4th show in November 2018 and again I didn’t end up placing at this show.
My 5th show was March 2019 and I ended up placing 4th.
My 6th show was in April 2019 and I placed 3rd in both Open and Masters Classes.
All I want to stress is injuries are no joke. Spinal cord injuries at that. I have chosen not to allow my spinal cord injury to define me. It may take me longer, but I won’t give up. I will do a 7th show and I will come with an even more amazing package.
Do what makes you happy. You are worth it. If I can do it, YOU can do it.
It is easy for each of us to get overwhelmed by whats going on right now in our lives and put off what seems inocent goals for each day to focus on the crisis at hand. But at the end of the day, each and every day off is putting our long term goals futher and further away.
In bodybuilding much like life we guage our progress by comparrisons. How we are today vs how we were yesterday. It takes months and years sometimes to see huge progress but its the daily efforts we put in every single day that helps us achieve the change we need for the goals we set for ourselves for next year.
I’m in no way saying that dealing with immeidate “crisis” situations aren’t important or that long term goals need to be the main focus. But we are allowed to make our lifestyle and healthy long term goals a priority. After all, the gym and exercise are a natural anti depressant and helps relieve stress.
I just want to focus on reminding you that YOU are important and an hour each day for you. Whatever that hour looks like, so long as its healthy and benefits you and your body, its okay to make time for it. Even when you feel like life just isn’t giving you a break.
Sometimes the best therapy for you is your daily routine. The positive habits youve spent weeks, months and years establishing. I know its so easy to slip back into out old habits that worked for us for years. Try to stay focused and happy.
For me, when life throws curves, my easiest thing I fall into is NOT EATING. Which is the worst thing for me. If I don’t eat, I can’t sustain muscle I’ve grown, I can’t grow new muscle when I’m constantly in a deficit. Your body will actually hold fat to preserve itself. Which is terrible for a bodybuilder.
The last three months I’ve been displaced and literally been rebuilding my life from the ground up. I’ve moved across the county, just my kids and my dogs and myself. It was for the better. But none the less it’s cauSes a huge blip in my goals.
It’s probably only when the last couple weeks I’ve felt inner peace and have set goals for my 2020 season. Since then I have felt rejuvenated and energized. I feel like even though my situation hasn’t changed as fast as I’d liked, or expected, that I will be okay.
My kids are in school. My younger two anyhow. My oldest is graduated and got her dream job for herself and so they are all happy to be back into a routine.
Sometimes it’s just the little things that help us stay balanced and grounded. I am driven huge by goals and so I am finding purpose and focus again.
Life is good.
Ever get so dedicated to something, someone, a moment in time? Razor focus on one thing or another is completely healthy and very human. But in that moment do you ever wonder and think to yourself, “Id rather be anywhere but here…?”
Life is full of ups and downs. Our lives truly are a rollercoaster. My life has been no exception. I believe the purpose of life is to be happy. Finding the calm in the storm and navigating life with your head held high and a smile on your face as much as possible.