This week, like the week before, has been filled to the brim with work, a social life and lots of rehab…okay mainly work. Scrap those last two. Despite being in much better shape than a few weeks ago, I’m still quite limited in what I can do , both in terms of energy and mobility.
The New Job
This new job of mine is all-consuming – but in a good way. There’s always a period of learning and adjustment with any new job, and both my industry and my specific company are all-hands-on-deck busy right now. I’ve been working long hours to try to get a grips on things, as well as give 110% at everything I’m given. That means my social life and exercise regime have fallen to the wayside, but that’s a sacrifice I’m prepared to make in the short term!
Where I’m at physically
I’m well and truly off my crutches, but still in the boot for the purpose of commuting and work. For the rest of my life, I can safely walk around in the oh-so-sexy hiking boots my doctor made me buy (for the superior ankle support). I’ve still been wearing my boot for work as I commute into busy Central London and I don’t want to get clipped, tripped or stood on by a commuter in a rush. I was home at my family’s house at the countryside over the weekend, and I got to take my shiny new ankle for a spin with a few short dog walks. It was so refreshing to be able to do what I would have been completely incapable of over the Christmas break just a few short weeks ago. My ankle is still hella swollen and very stiff, but providing I do my physiotherapy I’ll be fine, I’m sure.
I hope to be back in the gym and/or pool over the weekend- it just depends on how demanding the week at work is! I also have to balance everything out with rest, good food and ice. I have been given slightly more advanced exercises by my physiotherapist, and I’ll be going in to see her again at the end of the week.
I’m eating a lot; there’s no denying it. However most of it is plant-based, with lots of healthy if not slightly extravagant salads from Vital Ingredient and Pret. Right now food is my treat, and I want to make sure I’m not depriving myself at all, especially after what happened last weekend (a hangry meltdown). I’ve got a current obsession with Banana Nice Cream, which has been keeping me carbed up and (hopefully) full of vitamins.
I’m not going to lie- I’m getting a little squishy. To be honest, when I get home from work each day, summing up the willpower to do my phsyiotherapy exercises is effort enough, and I just can’t muster up the motivation to do an at-home workout. My plan is to get back into the gym soon- I truly believe that a body in motion stays in motion, and that once you make the first step, the motivation returns pretty quickly. I’ve accepted that I’m going to lose fitness, but honestly running is a labour of love for me so I can learn to live with being slower.
Where I’m at mentally
I’m just trying to take life one day at a time. Having a job is proving challenging (but in a good way!) and I’m just allowing myself to have small, everyday treats like nice lunches and fancy cappuccinos from my favourite coffee shop. January is a perfect excuse to get all hygge and my main focus is getting enough sleep– hence a distinct lack of social life in the evenings. But I’m okay with that, honestly! I’m listening to some great podcasts and audiobooks, and also making it a priority to at least try meditation over the coming week. Life is always going to be tough- it’s just how you deal with it!
How’s your week been?
How do you cope with injury?
Lots of love,