I’ve had minor back pain on and off for as long as I can remember. When I was heavier ( 287 lbs. at my heaviest, story for another post ) it was constant! Now it’s more of an annoyance than anything else. It’s not usually constant, just a nagging pain that’s there when you move a certain way.
Well on Monday this week I strained my back crossing a river on a hike back from a waterfalls. Thigh deep water with a bit of current which shouldn’t normally be a problem but there was a rock I stepped on, and my foot slipped some, I adjusted my stance to catch myself and that was enough to do it.
So with that in mind, I’ve been taking it easy this week. No, I haven’t stopped the workouts, I’m just being selective on what I do. There has been a little more Resistance Band usage than normal, and I’ve done some jump rope, some stretching ( although not enough, this is something I need to incorporate more ). I’ve kind of avoided the Battle Ropes and the Heavy Bag as I feel those 2 things are high “impact” and would jar the back quite a bit… Ironic since those are the 2 exercises I primarily did during Cardio Week a couple weeks back.
So what does that have to do with Self-Discipline you ask? Well, it would be easy for me to say “I’m injured and I’m going to take the week off”, but that isn’t how it works. If you want something bad enough, you do what you have to do to get it done. In this case, getting in shape is a priority for me, and an injury, while it slows me down, is NOT an excuse to not work out.
Self-Discipline is what gets me out to the IceBox every day. My self-discipline isn’t bulletproof by any means because, well, food is still a problem, but my self-discipline will someday get me in shape 🙂