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You dont have to be great to start

I’ve been feeling down lately.  I was making great progress and have come a long way and then the pain in my shoulder started.  I have been icing my shoulder a lot, which helps, and I’ve been doing my exercises to strengthen my shoulders but I’m still feeling the pain.

I’ve had quite a few injuries over the years.  If I was a character in a police drama I would be the guy who rushes into a room shooting and asking questions later.  I like to dive head first in to things.  I’ve pulled my hamstring, torn a calf muscle and had plantar fasciitis.  Every time I injure myself I just want to be better… like now!  I’m very impatient.  The good news is, however, that each time I come back a little better and so far (knock on wood) I haven’t had any of the same injuries twice.

So lately I’ve put all my efforts in to getting better.  Rest, ice, exercises.  I don’t have any swelling so I don’t need to compress my shoulder and I don’t know how I could possibly elevate it any higher, although Larry King seems to have found a way.

Larry King

What’s going on with those shoulders?

My diet has been going well.  I have stuck to my plan fairly well.  I had a couple of days where I ate too much.  One being my wife’s birthday but have maintained my weight well.  A while back I lost quite a bit of weight very quickly and my clothes weren’t fitting very well.  My friends and family started making comments and everything seemed so big.  Quite honestly it freaked me out.  I’ve been happy that I maintained my weight and haven’t lost more.  I have adjusted to the new weight and feel comfortable in my own skin again.  I’m skipping my cheat day tomorrow due to the fact that I ate brownies and tortellini for my wife’s birthday yesterday.  Realistically I think I could lose 3-4 lbs by next week if I keep going at this rate.

For now, I can’t throw the ball to my kids but once I’m healed I should be able to throw the ball further.  Have a wonderful day!

Have I ever written about how much I LOVE tea?

Stop Saying I Can't

Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife Lavonne.  She is an inspiration to me daily.

Click here to see my 7 Point Plan To Fitness Success

This phase is perhaps the easiest and hardest at the same time.  So far you’ve written down your habits, daily routine and hopefully kept a food journal.  You’ve looked over the data you’ve collected and can now clearly see where your faults lie.  Don’t worry, there isn’t a single person on this earth that doesn’t have faults.  The truth is, if you meet someone who seems like they’re perfect, run.

So let’s talk about the 7 billion people that live on this earth for a minute.  Nearly all of them are social people.  There are very few people like the uni-bomber who live in the woods by themselves with no other human contact.  Need some convincing?  Take New York City as an example.  Why would so many people crowd into a city like that?  Because they like being around other people.  Yes, NYC is a bit of an extreme example but there are cities and villages all over the world that prove my point.  It’s hard to find a place where someone lives that there aren’t other people.

How do we use this to our advantage?  Because we are social creatures and we also like to engage in activities that each other are engaged in.  To me, this is what will make phase 3 so powerfu.  Best case scenario, you will end up with a group of friends dieting and/or working out with you.  It is possible, however, that no one will diet or exercise with you but it’ll be hard to find people who don’t support you.  This type of reinforcement will take you to places you never imagined you could go.

Simply stated, in phase 3 you are going to tell everyone you know of your intention to get more physically fit.  I don’t avoid words like diet or workout plan but talk about being healthy.  You want to tell them and yourself that you are going to start changing some of your bad habits in order to be more healthy.  Naturally curious, people will most likely ask you more about it.  Go ahead and tell them. If you don’t have a plan yet then tell them you are putting together a plan of action and will start soon.

I also suggest you get on your social networks like Facebook and twitter and talk about your desire to be healthy.  Don’t over think it.  This is now part of your normal every day life.  Commitment is an important thing and the more you tell people what you intend to do the more committed you become.

So I wrote a couple of days ago about my shoulder pain.  I don’t suggest you use me as an example but I really don’t have the time or money to go to the doctor this week.  I found a website, which I feel would set a bag example if I linked here, that is supposed to ask you the same questions a doctor would to give you a rough diagnosis.  This is probably equal to calling a repair shop and saying your car is making a certain noise and asking them to tell you what is wrong without looking at it.  I once thought I had a simple brake problem and it turned out my bearings were bad.  BIG difference.  This website suggested that I possibly had a rotator cuff injury and told me I should see a doctor.

I decided to do further research and found that doing too many push ups can cause this type of injury.  I also read about what the rotator cuff is.  It is a group of muscles and their tendons that stabilize the shoulder.  The funny thing that I always find about bones is that without muscles and tendons we would just fall apart.  I do, however, think I would still have bad sinuses even if I was just a skeleton.  Oh and further away from the topic, my 4 year old is going to be the cutest skeleton for Halloween.  Now back to the topic.

I used to have a manager that boasted that he once pitched an inning for the Chicago Cubs and struck out Reggie Jackson before tearing his rotator cuff and ending his career.  Yeah, he only pitched one inning (less than that really) but that’s a whole lot more than most of us will ever do and he struck out one of the greatest hitters of all time.  The pain I’m having isn’t really too bad unless I’m trying to do push ups or throw a ball.  Reaching in certain directions also upsets my shoulder.  Seeing rotator cuff on that website was scary to me after hearing of my old manager’s career ending injury but I think it is probably just a strain and not a tear.  I’ve torn and pulled muscles in the past and know that the pain is far worse.

Surprisingly the rehabilitation process for a rotator cuff is more exercise.  I’ll be out of commission for a while as far as push ups are concerned but there are other workouts I will need to do to strengthen my shoulder and get myself back into the game.  Twitter is an amazing place and a while back I developed a friendship with one of my followers who is in to working out and used to read my food blog.  Aaron is a weight lifter who is capable of lifting weights that would tear my arms off like a cartoon character if I tried to pick it up.  He is also a psychologist who taught me that working out is about a lot more than just picking things up.  He’s been a great source of inspiration and advice as well as good for a few laughs along the way.  Did I mention he also writes an incredible blog called “The Platform Sutra“?

I digress, Aaron told me that he injured his rotator cuff just a few months back and gave me some great exercises to do.  If you have a rotator cuff problem and are interested, look in to “Kneeling band pull-aparts, Internal rotations and eventually overhead band pull-aparts after you get some stability.”  This is a direct quote from Aaron but I’m sure he would suggest you see a doctor before taking his advice and I would as well.

If you don’t have any resistance bands then you could use the exercises shown on Wikipedia.

I’m going to follow the advice I’ve been given.  I need to strengthen my shoulder muscles anyway.  I believe I will be back and better than ever in no time.  So far I haven’t read an estimate of how long I should anticipate being out but I’ll update you along the way.  I also plan to use ice therapy for my shoulder.  There is a lot of new research out there that suggests that the cold is a powerful healer.  If you haven’t already seen Dr. Jack Kruse’s Ted Talk, I suggest you check it out.  It is incredible stuff.

So I think I’m injured.  At first I thought I just slept funny on my arm funny but after doing some research, I think I’ve injured my rotator cuff.  I did what you’re not supposed to do and self diagnosed myself on a website that asked me a series of questions and determined that I should see a doctor because I could have an injured rotator cuff.  I did some research in to possible causes and doing too many push ups can cause this type of injury.

So what now?  Well I have a lot more research to do.  There are a variety of exercises that can be used to rehab a rotator cuff.  I’m doing some ice therapy.  I iced my shoulder muscles for an hour tonight and an hour yesterday.  After icing I feel a lot better.

Mostly I’m just bummed.  I’ve been doing so well and I don’t want to be slowed down by an injury.  In a way, I can turn this in to a positive.  It’s another opportunity for me to share with you, the reader, about an injury and hot to fix it.  I’m not a doctor but I can always tell you what I did that made a difference.

I’ll try to post more about this tomorrow.  Short post tonight.  I’m going to go rest and enjoy the evening with my wife.

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