#MotivationalMondays- “Winning, Not Whining” Stretching Sequence

While I’ve been wallowing in sweat self pity over all of you fabulously fit people doing your thang, I realize that I honestly should be using my time a little more wisely.

Wallowing only belongs in “He’s Just Not That Into You” and has no place in my never-ending workout path to gluteus glory.

Why have I been crying? Well, it’s not my party, my wedding, my funeral, an end or a beginning of anything.

I’m injured. This isn’t headline news, but I still cannot come to terms with watching others post their run results or their latest crossfit WOD time. It’s making me feel like a bench warmer…and a crappy one at that.

The bench isn’t even warm, it’s cold. Cold from my lack of initial faith when it comes to encountering a major roadblock and my reluctance to actually be motivated enough to do something about it.

The feeling of defeat is associated with this territory of dealing with this Type A personality of mine. In reality, I know it’s better for me in the long run to sit and wait out these injuries rather than G.I. Jane it and end up bedridden for the rest of my days.

Now that I’ve whined, I’ll share with you a rest/stretch/yoga influenced workout- (if it’s even worthy of the word “work”). While I didn’t break a sweat during this, it helped tremendously with my battered body parts. (basically my entire right side from head to toe)

How do you control recurring injuries? Any Jedi mind tricks? Is the only answer really rest? 😮 Am I being dramatic? Wait…don’t answer that!

Peace, love, and be thankful NOW!


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14 Responses to #MotivationalMondays- “Winning, Not Whining” Stretching Sequence

  1. I’m sorry you’re dealing with an injury. My only advice from when I had a stress fracture was do what you can to stay moving as much as possible. The stretch sequence is a perfect way to do what you can!

  2. Injuries suck!!! I’ve only had one serious one but that left me feeling horrible. Thankfully I was able to do other activities like biking, swimming, yoga or other non-impact workouts. It wasn’t the same as running but at least I could move. Find something that works for you like gentle yoga to make yourself feel better. Sending healing vibes your way!

    • choc3178 says:

      thank you! I feel like I’m some kind of Olympic athlete with the amount of injuries I have and personally, I don’t think I do that much! I think it all stems from beginning running over the summer and becoming addicted. My lower body took a huge toll even with me supplementing and all. Rest has to be my priority now!

  3. Miz says:

    ahhh Ive so so been there.
    nothing helped here but rest and time.


  4. Injuries suck. Ugh. I’m sorry. But these are GREAT stretches … I do cobra into downward dog in front of the TV every night. And my foam roller is one of my BFFs 🙂

  5. Kierston says:

    So sorry to hear about your injury. Keep your head up high and take the time you need to rest and heal up! (I had to take 4 months off of running due to an injury)

    You’ll come back stronger 🙂

    • choc3178 says:

      thank you for the support! Yes- I am realizing I’ll be better off resting than further injuring myself and possibly never being able to do the things I love again. It will be worth it!

  6. Tamara says:

    Yes! I have had my share of injuries. And just like you, my type A personality has a hard time watching from the sidelines. Over the years (wow, do I sound old!), I’ve learned that taking a little longer to recover is much better than being sidelined for what feels like FOREVER!
    Yoga is a great way to keep your body limber AND rid your mind of those nagging voices that say you should be doing more…
    Hang in there! It will get better!

  7. Girl, I know exactly how you feel! I remember when I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to run again. Then when I tried, I was worried about re-occuring pains. Over this past year I haven’t had any! Strengthening really has helped!

    Sounds like this yoga thing is the way to go for you right now. Keep your head up missing! Sending prayers and healing vibes your way! You’re a lot like me…if I don’t sweat then I don’t feel like I’m getting a good workout. Which is not true at all. 🙂 Just remember that.

    • choc3178 says:

      haha! yeah I need to learn how to keep my head up more often! thank you for the continued support, it makes me stronger! Yoga is helping and I’m still able to do a little pilates. The whole not sweating thing, omg it’s so true, I always feel so cheated in a workout.

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