I just realized that I haven’t written about my fitness adventures much in the new year. I guess that’s mainly because I haven’t been as active as I was last year. Unfortunately, the pain and discomfort I was experiencing from my enlarged fibroids was really getting in the way of my activity. I had no choice but to greatly reduce the intensity of my workouts. It has been very frustrating, but I’ve been doing the best I can. I’ve realized that there is always something I can do – from deep breathing, to mild yoga, to going for a walk, and of course light lifting.

Although I have been trying to take everything in stride, I have to admit that I have been feeling a bit anxious and perhaps even a bit depressed about how much all this ‘time off’ is setting me back. I know that I need to be patient. I have been through injuries and post-op recovery periods before and I have managed to regain my strength, endurance, and stamina over time … I keep trying to remind myself that. I have to stay positive and be sensible. That will definitely be my mantra for the next few weeks!

After trying squats I discovered it was too painful – so Leg Presses were my alternative

I have only deadlifted once in 2017 – I did 3×10 reps at 60 kg and that was enough for me

Realizing I had to put the barbells away, I resorted to dumbbell workouts which were a nice change and quite challenging

I was grateful for the various exercise machines at the gym – they kept my workouts challenging and interesting

The last few weeks at the gym have definitely been a time of discovery and experimentation for me. I had to accept that there were some exercises I just could not do at the moment. As frustrating as that was, it was good for me to learn how to adapt – both mentally and physically.

Knowing that I had surgery scheduled for March, I stopped my CrossFit membership and just stuck to the gym (which is owned by the same person who owns the CrossFit Box I go to). I had a focus in mind and I started off 2017 with a detailed, challenging workout program. As much as I wanted to do all the exercises, I physically couldn’t. I’d end my training sessions feeling frustrated and upset. It took me a month to realize that the program I had wasn’t right for me at this time. After modifying the program to suit my current physical condition, I felt so much better. I wasn’t apprehensive. This whole experience has served as a reminder as to how important it is to set yourself up for success. I spent too much time equating modifications in my routine to ‘failure.’ That was definitely a negative mindset to be in. I don’t have much time left before my surgery now — and then after that I will have to take quite a bit of time off to recover … I think having had to have made all these adjustments lately will prepare me for the slow reintroduction to working out post-surgery. I just have to keep reminding myself – it never hurts to rebuild a solid foundation. As always – I’ll keep pushing forward.