So, since the last post here I managed to re-injure my back. I’ve been suffering a disc bulge/slip problem for the last three years but the frequency and intensity of the occurrence has increased over the last eight months. In January I set it off by bending down to tie my shoelace (no, seriously) and in June it was picking up my 2 and a 1/2 year old son.
Each time it’s the same recovery pattern — initially I’m completely immobilised, need hospital prescribed painkillers to even begin to walk again and then a slow and incredibly tedious week or so of being unable to drive, sit or walk very far. Physio after the initial acute phase has worn off, then a longer recover period to rebuild the strength around my core.
Except, of course, once I’m back up and running I slack off a bit on exercises and just try and keep as mobile as possible without addressing the issue — mostly out of fear that by engaging with it directly, I’ll set it off again.
So, I’ve decided to get support and actually approach the problem seriously, rather than being surprised when I keep hurting myself.
Before my partner became pregnant, we used to be CrossFit regulars and were pretty damn fit, if a little bit unengaged with it all. Since then exercise has been intermittent, but the general trend towards a Dad-bod and injury has got to stop.
My coach at CrossFit was aware of the underlying problems with my back and has offered to begin an on-ramp and fundamentals program with me as part of a reintroduction to the gym.
Basically though, the vaguely disengaged approach I had to CrossFit before is going to have to change. I recognise that the much publicised ‘body transformations’ online are not the standard results of the training at CrossFit, but I also recognising that the only way I am not going to get injured again is to build core strength and overall muscle, increasing my flexibility while dramatically reducing my body fat.
That means 3 days a week CrossFit during the school term, at least 4 during the school holidays and over the summer. It means taking my stretching homework seriously and making the time in the evenings to spend time working on my body’s flexibility. And it means cutting out the worst bits of my impulsive eating — no more trips to the bakery while out walking the dog, no more dollar bags of sweets when going for some milk, no more grabbing heavy carbs because I’m basically bored and not sure what else to do.
I’ve got a couple of targets that I want to hit in the next six months.
- Be able to take part in the sessions at half of RX levels
- Visibly reduce my body fat
- Be able to touch my toes
I’ve also got a festival to go to on February 20th 2020. I’d like, six months down the line, to be in a physical shape that means I can take my top off in the sunshine and not be plagued by fear someone will laugh at me.
Yeah, I know that’s more mental than physical, but it’s not like they’re linked.