June 20, 2018 was the last day I visited the gym.
That day I broke two bones which have kept me from my daily workouts. Really it’s upset the rest of my routine as well.
Still I can’t walk unassisted, but about a week ago I visited the doctor and they gave me an ankle brace that has allowed a near normal walking experience.
Truly this brace is a genius invention. It kind of acts like a bustier for your foot. Not that I’ve ever seen a bustier in person, but this brace has two sets of laces, two main wrap around straps, and a final strap to hold it all together.
The brace has allowed me to pretty much allowed me to live a normal life the last ten days or so. The one exception? My daily workout.
Yesterday I intended to get started back on my regular workout routine. Honestly, it wouldn’t put any real pressure on my leg if I was careful and just focused on pull ups and lifting weights.
So, I packed my gym bag on Sunday night, got myself psyched about the new start and set the alarm. My alarm goes off at 4:45 AM and I don’t have the mental fortitude to get up.
“Alexa, stop.” (Thanks Amazon) Yeah, that was me at 4:45AM in the morning. Good old Alexa. She didn’t question me, she just did what I told her.
That sleep for the next hour and a half was amazing!
Of course guilt sets in once I get my day started as another day of exercise goes undone.
My struggle, leg issue or not, is all part of the human experience. What is good for us and we want to do for some reason is sabotaged by what we actually do, which is not always good for us.
Recently I read about a guy by the name of Joe Wicks, an English bloke, who wrote a book called Lean in Fifteen. Joe’s a personal trainer who believes that simple healthy diets are as important if not more important than an exercise routine.
I kind of agree with Joe.
Although I haven’t been to the gym in almost three months, I’ve been eating a very healthy diet. Bulletproof coffee in the morning, a mid morning snack, lean organic beef, chicken with some vegetables for lunch and reasonable amount of sugar and carbs at dinner.
What I’ve learned during this process is that eating well is paramount. When the gym isn’t practical, the diet becomes even more important.
If health and energy are pillars to success, then we must first put the emphasis on diet.
There are those who get off their routine and just quit. There are others who find a way to keep trying.
My exercise routine? Well, let’s see what Alexa says tomorrow.