“If you do what you always did, You will get what you always got”
Albert Einstein described insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. If you want positive change in your life, it doesn’t take an Einstein to figure out who’s gonna have to take charge. Yup you guessed it, That person you see everyday in the mirror. And ultimately, nobody wants to be called insane right? And nothing ever changed by staying in your comfort zone. So I decided I would do something about it. This is the start of my pursuit of physical fitness. Check out my story.
My starting point
So my starting point wasn’t exactly zero. I have always been somewhat active and I have played sports most of my life. I do however enjoy eating, like a large dominos pizza to myself in one sitting is childs play. Getting rid of weight was not really an issue for me either. Genetics? maybe, but who knows. its fair to say i took these things for granted. I do believe I have the mental strength and determination to stick to something once I start. But that’s just it, the starting! that’s the most difficult part.
“Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same amount of hours per day that were given to Hellen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Nelson Mandela”
At the end of the day, if you do it for the right reason, the short-term pain will lead to long-term gain. Cliche I know, but make it a lifestyle. Make time for it the same way you make time for your favourite TV show. Most importantly, Push yourself because you won’t regret it. Challenging yourself is one of the most exciting ways to live. Besides, you never know who you might be inspiring. Ultimately you just have to want it and be honest with yourself. When there’s an excuse, it just means you didn’t want it enough at that point. It’s really that simple. Besides, you’re only cheating yourself. Anyway, back to my story!
“Tough times don’t last, But tough people do” – Robert H. Schuller
So people get injured all the time. And you never think its going to be you. But a few years ago it was my turn. I suffered a really bad shoulder dislocation playing rugby. I had the ball stuck under my outstretched arm reaching to score a try. Typical right, and then the defender landed right on top of my shoulder, so because the ball was where it was my arm had nowhere to go but out of its socket.
I tell you it was the worst pain I had ever felt. It was delayed slightly due to shock. It’s a strange phenomenon. You hear about things happening and not feeling them until moments later but until it happens, words can’t describe the sensation of nothingness, coupled with the realisation of the extent of the injury. The pain then comes flooding in, It was excruciating. and there was no chance of it popping back in because of the way it happened. It felt like the shoulder had popped down under my pec.
Now comes the wait. New regulations meant that our physios couldn’t pop it in for me. I had to wait for an ambulance. Now because it was just a mere shoulder injury, meaning it wasn’t life threatening. I was not a priority. Nothing can prepare you for the pain and helplessness you feel just lying there. It happened in the first half, and I wasn’t picked up until after the game. so it was a t least an hour, but it felt like an eternity. Fast forward to the hospital, I waited again until the right person was available. Morphine didn’t feel like it helped, but the instant relief that comes from the reduction, is breathtaking. Few sensations can match that, but now came the rehabilitation.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up, The most certain way to succeed is to always try one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
I had injured my dominant arm. So I had to re-learn to do everything with the other one. I mean everything. From personal care, feeding myself or picking something up. This was all impossible with the pain and lack of mobility. Going from being perfectly capable to being unable to do the simplest of things including sleeping,is one of the most eye-opening experiences there is. I feel grateful I had another arm to take up the slack. And most of all have a lot more respect for people who suffered worse injuries or aren’t ‘able bodied’. Nearly two months in a sling and a few follow-up appointments later it was time to begin rehab.
My Job at the time required me to be hands on, so I was technically unemployed. Receiving statutory sick pay and being unable to do anything meaningful with myself, it was at this time I decided that I needed to make a change. I decided I’d do anything in my power to reduce the risk of this happening again. The whole ordeal was extremely physically and mentally challenging.
I had weekly physiotherapy sessions, sometimes bi-weekly. and it seemed like nothing was getting better. My shoulder had frozen in place and mobility was so limited. It took a long time, the lack of progress even baffled my Physio. But he persisted and tailored my rehab to my unique situation and hats off to him, he broke through. It was a long few months, close to 9 months in total before I had regained full range of motion and could stop physiotherapy. It was now down to me!
I then joined the gym. In fact I was so determined I did something I believe to be extortionate and a waste of time and money, hired a personal trainer. Though I was pleasantly surprised. this new fitness journey gave me a bit more purpose. This time, I had a reason to keep going to the gym. Soon after, I found a new job and things were looking up. All that remained was staying consistent.
A couple of years later, I’m still a fairly frequent gym goer and I even returned to rugby. I had quite a successful first season back and its only onward and upward from here. I even did my first tough mudder this year. Also check out my latest video where I did a 15K Rough Runner obstacle course. Run your proverbial race, and don’t let what others are doing affect your own.
“Don’t get too caught up in beating any one person. When you’ve raced your absolute best, even if you didn’t win, you can finish the day saying it was one of your best days. If you’re just trying to beat someone, and you don’t succeed, even if it was the best race you’ve ever run you’ll come out disappointed” – Webster.
That’s one more off My Bucket List. Hopefully I can continue on this trend.
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