Hello fitness enthusiasts! Today I will be having a casual conversation with you about something that has been with me lately and maybe some of you can relate to. Downtime from the gym for any reason can result in feelings of anxiety or depression.
So, back in August (August 1st-4th) I ended up getting a pretty horrific strain of mono that put me in the emergency room and then the hospital for four days. My liver failed, my spleen was about to rupture, and my throat became infected to the point that it swelled nearly shut and I couldn’t swallow without intense amounts of pain, thus leading me to be malnourished and dehydrated.
After some much needed rest (August until mid to late November), recovery, and motivational support from some pretty freaking awesome people I was more than enthused to get back in the gym and get back to training. After all, I was FIFTY pounds under my previous weight after a month of hardly eating. Over the course of several months I managed to work extremely hard to get my strength back, but something was still missing.
For a few weeks I was having the issue of nearly passing out during warm-ups and becoming extremely pale with my lips turning blue. It was narrowed down to my body having an issue supplying a much needed resource, iron.
Iron is extremely important within your cardiovascular system to transport oxygen to your muscles. The spleen and liver have a huge role in iron supply and some of your liver’s main jobs are to regulate glycogen and decompose red blood cells. So, even though my spleen and my liver were now healthy, something was still going on and causing symptoms of anemia within me. So, I added an iron supplement to my diet plan and that seemed to fix everything.
Now, I thought things were finally get back to normal. Low and behold I was wrong. A previous injury from not using good lifting form now came back to haunt me. So, although I was finally on my way back to where I was before my medical infliction a new hurdle appeared before me. Now, I was having to deal with a tear somewhere in my left elbow (May).
“Great” I thought, now I’ll have even more downtime and I was just getting back to where I was. I continued to try and workout around my injury, but I began to let that little voice in the back of my head deter me further and further. More and more distant was our motto of Positive is Powerful. More and more was I sliding into that dark cave of self-urged depression. Then, a voice called out from the light above. It was that awesome support that helped me through so much over the past few years: “You can do this”, “Positive is Powerful”, “Becoming the BEST ME!” and so much more. They refused to let me give up on myself. I have continued my personal journey of physical fitness through illness and injury and they shall not bring me down again.
So, now almost a year later to the day, I think that I have finally broken free of that dark cloud that has loomed over me for so long. Boarded up is that cave of despair. No matter how far down that path that lingering voice lead me, the awesome wisdom and positive support of the DF team (Kerri, my fellow trainers, the awesome gym members) was there to help me back on the road to being the best version of me that I can be. I will never find another place that has a community that cares like Dedicated Fitness. To me, this place and it’s community are irreplaceable no matter what happens in the future. To anyone who is currently having an issue similar to this, you are not alone and you can prevail. Even if there's a voice trying to tell you otherwise, we will be here to remind you of who you really are. You are STRONG! Never Give Up!
That’s all I have for this week’s edition! If you have any comments please leave them down below or feel free to email me at Joe@dedicatedfit.com. Don't forget to check out the online workout database and to check out the other blog posts from this week by Logan, Dakota, Sage, and Kylee. Until next week, stay healthy everyone!