BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
Let me tell you, 2019 seemed so long though it was full of some wins, near the end it seemed like it was filled with more lessons. My main takeaway from the year was for me to invest more into myself, and to begin to set more boundaries that allow for me to be a better me, a stronger me. I have noticed that while I enjoy helping people, that cannot be my only sense of joy. For the longest time, I gained so much pleasure out of working out, especially in college. Would you believe I actually had people requesting to go to the gym with me, better yet – I even had people requesting for me to be their trainer!
That post graduate life comes at you hard. You’re no longer on campus, which means the gym isn’t just a walk away. Now, if you want to go to the gym, you actually have to drive there or find another mode of transportation. Classes aren’t late in the morning, meaning that if you want to go to the gym that you either have to plan for an early morning workout, workout at lunch (which is not in the cards for me because I need to shower after my workouts), or a workout after work. We often find excuses by hitting the snooze button, and then telling ourselves that we will go in the evening after work, but by that time we’re either so exhausted or hungry that it doesn’t happen, and we wait until the next day. Then, when the next day rolls around we still have so many excuses that we fall back into the same cycle of cheating ourselves of our time with ourselves, ultimately to better ourselves.
In May of 2019, I was willing to help a co-worker move tables after an evening workshop as the rooms are supposed to be returned to their normal state. Big mistake. In the process of helping, I injured my back. Next thing I knew, I was in an inordinate amount of pain to which ice nor heat would provide relief. Shortly after followed months of physical therapy, an x-ray, and an MRI. All those times I hit the snooze button on working out, because I was too busy pouring into others before I poured into myself, and then there I was wishing that I had the physical strength to workout or to lift weights or even things, like I did before. I wouldn’t have considered myself an athlete growing up as I ran track for one season in middle school, and still have a scar on my knee as proof. As such, I’m not used to injuries and certainly didn’t know of the mental toll that accompanies an injury. It was just rough. Still is rough to an extent. I’m not 100% back to where I was prior to the injury as although we are into the year 2020, I am writing this post with a heating pad on my back, though I am determined to work towards getting stronger, and continue to find new ways to prioritize my health as I rebound.
What I learned throughout this process was the importance of setting boundaries and asking for help as those two things that can strengthen your mental state, and protect your physical strength. This blog page will likely detail my rebound or comeback, and may be useful for someone on a beginner’s journey for strength. Stay tuned throughout my journey of Becoming Stronger, as I’m planning to come back better than I was before. Muscles, watch out now. I’m coming for you . . . again!!
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