So full disclosure, I took some Aleve before my final kettlebell class Friday both to recover from the prior day and as a prophylactic. Then some again the next two days (which involved a bunch of walking).
Today my back is in agony. An old injury flared up. I shouldn’t have taken the pills, should have listened to my body instead. Couldn’t make it to karate. Barely made it out of bed.
Saw a photo of myself from three months ago today. It wasn’t bad exactly. Just didn’t look like how I think of myself. Took a second to recognize the person in the picture.
For two and a half years, I wasn’t really living my life. I was passing time and heading down a bad road. Now I am ready and every part of me wants to pick up where I left off, but it doesn’t work like that, and dealing with that fact remains my biggest obstacle. Staying the course, knowing that physically and professionally, rebuilding takes time.
I just have to keep wanting it, and keep working for it- to the best of my ability, but no more. Apparently right now that also includes getting more up-to-date headshots.
Karate Wednesday. I plan to go even if I’m sore, just let the instructor know. I’ve also put together a little bodyweight training routine and will be making some TRX style straps to tide over strength/conditioning until I get into the big box gym with the kettlebells.
I recently came across this Steve Maxwell blog post about kettlebells, and while the guy obviously has a serious sour grapes situation with regard to StrongFirst and DragonDoor, he makes some good points about a truly full-body routine. I have zero intention of going back to the mixing-it-up-every-five-minutes burpees and novelty postures model of the kettlebell gym, but some basic chins, dips and presses on off days certainly can’t hurt.