Post Hip Break Lessons and Reflections

Oh boy, where to begin? As most of you know, I just wrapped up a six-month recovery of a hip fracture. It truly seemed like it would never end at some points. I am so so so so happy to say I am fully healed and have so many people to thank for taking care of me, entertaining me and encouraging me throughout the entire process.

My family- I would have never made it through without them.

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My girlfriends.

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My co- workers and students who came to my classes (even when I was on a crutch).

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Leonardo DiCaprio and all of his films (come on, you didn’t think he wouldn’t make the list?!)…

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Two wonderful vacations my parents brought me on…

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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI was very fortunate through this whole thing. For someone who took everyday at speed of 100 to being forced to switch to a total halt and live at a speed of zero, things got hard. At first I thought I’d never be back to the things I loved. Well, here I am- CrossFiting, yoga-ing, spinning, swimming and well, still not running but I am OK with that.

As a girl involved in fitness and eating for my health, it was such a slap in the face to have my workouts taken away from me. At the same time, I was in SUCH a mode before this all happened. I couldn’t miss a single workout for the life of me, nothing go it my way. While there is something to be said about dedication- in my case, it was way too much. I’ve also got quite the mental strength and even when my body was telling me to slow down I had a very hard time listening. Stubborn? Why yes, yes I am. I can truly say I’ve learned to listen to my body a lot more closely, I know my body better than I ever have and I am also aware of my mental strength and how in some ways, it can hurt me. I have learned to be remind myself to be nice to myself. I have learned to talk down my mental strength sometimes.

I also let a little loose on some nutrition stuff. I was really into paleo, which I still am but I also know straying from paleo isn’t going to kill me and sometimes drinking too much wine is a really good decision. In a super, super strange way, breaking my hip was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I appreciate  EVERYTHING more, I am easier on myself, I spent so much time with my parents and sisters and just learned how to relax. I haven’t slept so much in years, I’ve never watched so many movies and needless to say, have not taken that many rest days in probably 10-11 years.

As I have slowly started getting back to CrossFit, Sculpt and yoga; I have been doing lighter weights and also just forcing myself to forget all of my previous PRs and really see this as a fresh start. I know I will get strong again but it will take a while- I am more than OK with that. Also, my knees are loving this whole no running thing. :)

More than anything I’ve learned that everything will pass. It may seem like “the worst thing ever” or “is this part of my life ever going to end or get better?” Trust me, it will. It may seem really shitty and unfair but things will change, get easier and get better. Then more shitty things will happen then more good things will happen. It’s life. It’s never perfect but sometimes a shit-storm makes you appreciate all of those little things you took for granted.

I feel the happiest I’ve been in a long time- due to my hip break. Pretty crazy, huh? Such is life.

 

XO

 

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