So, I haven’t been posting as much recently, which wasn’t intentional…I had been feeling a bit crappy for a while.
However, lately I have been pretty busy and just haven’t had much free time. As I’ve been trying to create a positive snowball effect of things to improve my life a little bit.
I have been consistently hitting the gym..an working out with a trainer friend of mine. Gains son! Lol, anyway…I have been seeing some pretty decent results not in just physical appearance, which used to be the most important thing to me…wanted to look good when I took my shirt of, haha…but, also in actual applicable strength. Something that I know many CFer’s deal with when they go extended periods being stuck in bed, or being told by Dr.’s to “take it easy…”
It is very easy to develop a sedentary lifestyle when you have something like CF or anything that is chronic and debilitating, it becomes almost SOP to take is easy. It takes less to feel sick, especially when you don’t limit what you do, so putting limits on yourself is just almost a knee-jerk reaction.
So, I used to be pretty heavy into body building, I weighed like 160 and was pretty jacked especially because of my body frame, and the near 0% body fat, lol…CF does have some benefits, even if they are kind of shallow…I went a good long time away from the gym, but I had some muscle memory still and the first couple workouts were surprisingly beneficial. Then you hit that “wall” where you really have to push through because you aren’t seeing the same instant results you were seeing for those first couple of workouts back.
Now, it had been about 1.5 months and I’ve been pretty consistent, I’m seeing some new muscle definition after breaking through that wall of resistance you get for the first but of time you start lifting again…its kind of a strange feeling to describe, but you feel “off, slow, weak, out of place, unsure of yourself, or even unsure of your workout routine…”
It took a few weeks for that to go away but, since I’ve experienced it before I knew I had to keep at it and let myself feel the frustration, so that I could feel when I passed that wall…and sure enough I did, I started being able to lift more, seeing more perpetual pumps, and generally having more energy and strength during the days.
It goes without saying that the physically visual benefits of working out are what a lot of people go for, I used to be one of them…but, as I’ve seen more CF related problems come into my life the impact that isn’t outwardly visible is WAY more of what I’m going for…useful, applicable strength, and generally feeling better…that’s what I hit the gym hard for. Don’t get my wrong though, it’s a great feeling to go into the locker room post workout, pull off your shirt, and see he visual improvements of killing a workout.
Well, this is a pretty long post, but I wanted to jump back in with both feet. I am going to go back to doing a couple of posts a week, as well as some new body/CF life hacks…and now I have a few more that I had forgotten over the years.
So, if you have something life CF or any chronic illness that greatly restricts what you can/can’t do sometimes the benefits of pushing that “I don’t feel good, I’m just gonna take it easy” feeling out of the way, sucking It up, blasting a few albuterol shots, and just getting out and doing what you need/want to do outweighs the consequences you will end up facing. For me the biggest one is actually psychological. And there’s an incredible benefit and feeling to know I could have stayed home but I sucked it up and did my thing anyway.
Hope everyone has a good rest of the week, thanks for taking the time to read!