8 weeks ago I tore up my knee working out. Torn miniscus, sprained ligaments and quad... no bueno... the point of this story is not to get sympathy or a pity party from anyone.
It hurt. Bad. A few weeks of limping and a random day where my leg locked out and I couldn't bend it for 30 hours... Ouch!
Here's the good news and where I want you to start paying attention.
I had options:
2.) rest it for a few months and not workout
3.) never workout again
4.) modify and keep going
Option 1 was loaded with horror stories, including infection, amputation of a leg after a botched surgery, and a few friend's experiences with the surgeon I had an appointment scheduled with that didn't end well... that was enough to cross it off the list of options.
Option 2 and 3 don't matter. Even though it's an option for many people and that's the only reason I listed them... because some people actually choose quitting as an option.
Quit stuff that doesn't benefit you. Smoking, watching netflix, social media addictions, alcohol, excuses, negative self talk, hanging out with naggers... etc.
Which left me really only 1 option... #4. Keep going.
It should be the only option for all of us.
There are challenges in LIFE,
There will be times when the weight, the challenge, the struggle, the pain...
feels too heavy in certain areas
but in the end... all that matters is...
Don't QUIT. Keep going. Keep pushing.
Here I am 8 weeks later,
my left knee feels 80% better,
it's getting stronger, more stable, and more flexible...
When I heard a large "POP!" while doing wall balls at the gym.
...and that is how life works.
You keep pushing through challenges. You don't quit.
You may have thoughts of quitting but your second thought will tell you the first thought was just you acting too emotional...
Do it long enough, challenge after challenge, setback after setback, failure after failure... and you will become stronger in life.
Remember that time you were going to throw in the towel and quit... ??
but you didn't.
Any strength you have today to push through obstacles is because of those moments.
There is only 1 option.
If you are not willing to do the hard stuff...
don't be surprised if your health and the rest of your life doesn't grow in the right direction.
You will experience...
Bumps, bruises, setbacks, failures, let downs... that's fact.
As I watched my girls learning to swim today...
They fell, sucked in half the lake into their lungs, coughed, cried, flapped their arms, and screamed for help...
but you know what I noticed... they kept jumping back in!
They always remind me of the ONE THING they ALWAYS DO!
They get back up. And never give up.
Such a great metaphor for life.
Because as they keep getting back up they eventually hit their targets.
So why don't adults get back up more often?
Because they aren't used to falling anymore.
Do the hard 💩.
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