Frustrated!

  • Ok, so I feel like my ghosts of bad-habits-past are trying to come back and haunt me...to prevent me from finishing what I started or at least make it very difficult. Ever since starting this challenge (I am on day 36) I feel like something has happened to prevent or limit my workouts almost every week.  Week one I had a migraine that lasted over 24 hours. I tried going to the gym and had to come back home. Week two I had horrible cramping...again tried going to the gym and again had to come back home. I missed 1 day that week. Week three I had a pretty bad cold...I was able to workout, but not as hard as I know I could when healthy. Week four I got the stomach flu pretty bad and missed three days. Yesterday I somehow managed to hurt my knee while walking my dog. I rested it a ton yesterday and went to the gym today (upper body workout) but even walking to re-rack my weight was difficult. So, now that I am done complaining I have a question... In the Body for Life book Bill says, "What can I do to turn this negative into a positive? How can I make this work for me rather than against me?" That is my question for you. I am going to finish this challenge, but am not sure what I should do come Wednesday when it's lower body day if my knee is not better. Should I just do upper body again? Let me know what you think!

  • Good morning foxyk,

    I certainly understand about the bad habits creeping up...sounds like you have some obstacles throwing themselves into your path. After doing BFL for a year now, what I will tell you is that it is just as much a mental challenge, maybe even more so, than a physical one. Perhaps the reason that you're having so many physical issues is so that you can really focus in on the diet part & make sure that it is absolutely spot on. If it's nearly impossible physically for you to work out, then really keep it tight with your eating. Push through as much as you can, do as much as you physically can in the gym & eat super well. There's a fellow BFLer, Miriam, who has undergone a tremendous challenge with knee surgery. She found a way to do her cardio using her arms and doing upper body twists to get her HIIT, then also doing her upper body weight training workout. There are definitely ways to adapt when the fire & the desire are there. :o)

    Hope this is helpful! Keep us posted & rock it out!!

  • Thats tough I dont think there is any 100% correct answer, I would keep up the eating routine and go to the gym, if you can either walk on a treadmill, or ride a bike for 20 on a very low resistance do it , it will keep you in a mode of going to the gym and not break the routine. you shouldnt mess with the timing between upperbody workouts. Your main focus should be getting back into a position when you can fully apply yourself to the challenge so anything that puts that in Jeopardy dont do it, and forgive yourself for not doing it.  

    The challenge is twelve weeks and there is always something that gets in the way, it drove me nuts as well, I always push the 12 week time limit back by however much time i was injured/sick. Those are the only two possible excuses that you can push back the weeks though.  

  • FOXYK~

    We have no way to see what's going to come up to make obstacles during the 12 weeks!  It's true..it's a lerning curve, that's the mental.  I too believe that is the biggest and most difficult thing to overcome.  There have been many that have had to deal with bigger things than migrain, flu, and knee hurts adn still gone on to have great results.  Do what you can for LBWO...work xtra on ABS etc.  Try a few chin ups...or one! Take the opportunity to try something you've thought about but didn't do (that is non knee related).  Keep the eating 100% bang on it'll help recovery!

    (ps~I am currently sporting a foot/leg cast so I am having to adapt my LBWO and I am having a VERY tough time hitting 10 but I'm doing something positive on those days becaseu the option is to do nothing which will yield nothing)

  • You are doing well to post here and to keep your head in the game regarding nutrition.  Do what you can do and push yourself safely.  Doing something is better than doing nothing.  When you have finished this challenge and head into your next or maintenance, you will be better mentally prepared for what awaits.  I wish you the best and hope that your obstacles become smaller as your muscles and discipline get bigger.

  • Thank you for your replies...I needed that!

  • FoxyK you will find over time that you learn to control your old habits.  They never go away, they just lose their strength and hold over you.  As you progress through BFL your personal strengths both physical and mental will continue to grow.  It's been years for me and I still have weekends where free day attempts to roll over to Sunday.  You begin to make conscious disciplined decisions to eat clean when you realize that you feel better and stronger when you do.  You are not alone in your struggles, but remember that it's you that has to right things when they go wrong.  Hang tough and stick with it!  And above all keep a positive mental attitude.  

    Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right ~ Henry Ford

    Michelle Simpson ~2009 Body-for-LIFE Champion 46+ Catagory

  • Jst Got done w/ my morning work out and I have to comment:

    FoxyK......Frustration is a BIG hurdle that all of us must learn to deal with in our own way.  I am not perfect as it took me 9 full years to start and committ to this challenge.  There is no rush, you can only do what you can.

    But if you are looking for motivation, in the book look at Raven Simpson and read her story.  She had obstacles and she overcame them.  If you have time on your hands watch a movie called, "Men of Honor" it's a true story and see what kind of adversity the human spirit can overcome.

    Remember this line, "It's not what happens to you that matters, but how you react to them."

    Say stuff like oh one of my legs' hurt, well I still have one more...laugh it off and have fun with it.

    There is always a shallow pool to loosen up the leg.

    Whatever happens just do what you can, and at the end of the day, look yourself in the mirror and honestly ask yourself, "Did I do all that I could today?"   Whatever you answer, accept it, and sleep well and be excited for tomorrow's challenge!  =)