A Return...

  • Many of you may or may not remember me, but I was actively doing the BFL program about 2 years ago. I was at Week 10 Day 4 when disaster struck.  I was at the gym, working out like a madman and somehow injured my neck.  I was in crippling pain that put me on the sidelines.  After treatment, and diagnosis I have one collapsed disc ( C5) and one bulging disc ( C6) in my neck with a bone spur on the right side of C6 with the onset of degenerative arthritis.   I spent the next 2 years, seeing doctor after doctor.  Going through every treatment imaginable. Two years later, I am okay.  I recently stepped away from the pain medication/muscle relaxers, as they were making me feel very toxic. 

    I just turned 35 years old on May 8th.  For weeks leading up to this post, something has been calling me - beckoning me back.   I am battling fear in making this return.  I am fearful that I will re-injure my neck, and revert to how I once was.   However, the spirit of the Warrior is calling me. 

    I know that this is going to hurt a bit.  I know that.  I know the sacrafices will be great, and challenges will seem daunting to return to my old ways.  I am hoping to dig really deep to surpass the success I once had.  Before my injury,  I lost about 75 lbs, and went from 33% body fat, down to about %15.  I was feeling confident, supremely powerful until the injury struck me down.  

    I wanted to relate my story to others, to tell them that they are not alone in their battles!

    Tomorrow, this Warrior begins a new path.  A path towards strength, confidence, power and my Ultimate Self. 

    Always Believe,

    John

    Glendale, AZ

  • John, my goodness thats a quite interesting turn of events!

    Welcome back!

    You may consider having a physical therapist help you PLAN the Body-for-Life program to better fit your special circumstances.

    Proceed with caution, knowledge, and the wisdom that will allow you to SUCCEED.

    I admire your courage, and your spirit!

    Please consider this in all seriousness, as further set backs may prevent you from completing your goals.

    That doesn't benefit anyone.

    I want to see you WIN!

    "What you put in, is what you are going to get back."

    - Terry


  • Terry,

    Thanks for a supportive reply.  I am proceeding with caution, paying close attention to planning the early work outs to avoid certain excercises that pose more danger to me than others.  I figure at some point I must take a first step to over-come fear.  I have yet to go for my first work out, and I am nervous.  I know I have nothing to worry about but the uncertainty dogs me still.  Not a great way for a warrior to start out, I know..  

    I figure the beginning is going to be more trial and error than is normal.  

    Again,  Thanks...

    John

  • Woot!!! You are already stronger than you think! What a hard move to come back to a stressful program!! You've got it this time.

    Stacy Lynn

  • Stacey,

    Thank you for the kind comments.  I am about to post regarding my first day's work out, so stay tuned.  

    Kindest Regards,

    John

  • I will be keeping tabs on you!! :)

    Good luck!

    Stacy Lynn

  • Thanks Stacy,

    I'm still working on myself, progressing one day at a time.  I'm trying to find my inner warrior, and to let him out of his prison.  

    I keep telling myself, One battle at a time!!  Just One!!  I am working to gain more understanding to how I can be a better a person through this challenge.  

    Thank you for keeping tabs on me.  I sincerely appreciate the time and attention.  

    Always Believe,

    John