Finding Motivation to Work Out After an Injury

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If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you’ll know that I’m a running junkie. It’s been my outlet for the last couple of years. I always feel good after a nice long run. 7 weeks ago, I ran the Denver Rock N’ Roll Marathon. 5 days after I got home, I was in a hurry to get my 4 year old ready for preschool. I jumped down the last 2 stairs and landed on the landing with my foot rolled. I heard a grinding and a pop and instantly it started throbbing. I rolled around on the floor sobbing while my 4 year old tried to comfort me. It immediately started to swell and I couldn’t put any weight on it. I got my son off to school and my hubby came home from work. We went in to get an x-ray just to confirm it wasn’t broken and the healing process has been slow since then.  The picture below was the day that I sprained it, a few hours after.  It actually got quite a bit bigger than this and still looks funny 6 weeks later.


I worked that entire weekend after I hurt it. It continued to swell and was incredibly painful. I’ve been a bit depressed about the whole thing and my exercising went downhill. I kept expecting my foot to feel better so I could run on it, and I really had no idea how long it would take to heal.

Over the last 6 weeks, I’ve gotten to the point that it doesn’t hurt to bear any weight on it, but it’s really tight and I can’t roll it in a circle yet. I haven’t really exercised and my eating has been horrible. I find myself more tired than normal and an overall lack of motivation. Although I haven’t gained any weight over the last 6 weeks, I am definitely losing muscle. My stomach isn’t as tight as it was which is where I’ve noticed the biggest difference. I guess one thing leads to another.

The best way for me to get back on the wagon and make things better is to make some goals for myself. I’m not going to try running just yet because I don’t want to do more damage than what it’s worth.

I’ve bought some new workout DVD’s and am going to start doing some different exercising other than running. While training for my marathon, I would cross train once a week but the bulk of my training was running. I know that the best way to workout is to set some goals for myself and to be accountable. I’m going to be blogging my progress as well as some new health and fitness products and DVD’s that I’ve bought.  I bought a Kettlebell last month that I really need to start using, I’ll let you know how I like it.



Goals to Achieve Through December

  • Workout a minimum of 4 times a week for 45 minutes.
  • Clean up my eating, replace refined sugar with fresh fruit.
  • Log my food each day using My Fitness Pal.
  • Drink a minimum of 100 ounces per day.

I’m going to be starting tomorrow and I’m really excited. If you have any tips or workout DVD’s or plans you’ve followed please let me know! And if you need a boost to get into shape or stay in shape over the holidays, join in. Friend me on My Fitness Pal and we can encourage each other along the way!


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  1. 12

    You are so right about making goals. I have been struggling with the results of a shoulder injury for over a year now, and my biggest difficulty is finding the motivation to exercise because I cannot meet my previous goals. I need some new ones.

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    marissa lee says:

    i hope you feel better soon…keep your feet elevated.

  3. 14
    Stephanie Thompson says:

    I don’t have a recent injury but was put on disability a few years ago and really want to work out to get myself feeling better and am having the hardest time finding the get up and go to do it. I have a YMCA membership, know what classes I want to take and have taken them several years ago and really enjoyed them. I guess it’s my disability that I am scared to face the consequences of what it’s going to feel like for the first part of working out but I know when I do it I will feel so much better and might just get to go back to work.

  4. 15

    i feel your pain in january i did the same thing but mine was like 3 times worse i think i really should have gone to get xrays! and i am starting to run again but i am still feeling pain and it swells after every run 🙁 but i want to try the kettle bell work out but i wasn’t sure which one was good i will look into this one thank you

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    Michelle Chow says:

    Hello, B& I really enjoyed your honest article. I understand the frustration and low energy. I agree that motivation and accountability are a huge part of it. I am interested in how the different types of fitness equipment worked for you. I do not have any tips to share but I will be taking some from you. Thank you for the article, B&

  6. 17

    I have been spraing ny ankles since high school sports! Ouch, really hurts, as I’m sure you know! I walk our Beagle daily and maybe have improved somewhat. I do experience turning my ankle, but not it doesn’t lead to one of those down for four-day out of commission times.

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    Vickie Couturier says:

    oh wow,,maybe you need to rest it a bit more,,looks very painful an so sorry you are going thru this

  8. 19

    Coming back from that is tough! I have a hard enough time coming back from not working out for a few days!! You are so much stronger than me though! LOL!

  9. 20
    Sarah Osborne says:

    That sounds so painful! I winced as I read it.

  10. 21

    Oh no. I hate it when I hurt myself and it does make working out that much harder. I think I need to clean up my eating as well it can be hard with little on and their snacks.

  11. 22

    i hope u feel better soon!!

  12. 23

    Ouch!!! That really looks like it hurts you poor thing I’ve done the same thing before but while running. I like the kettle bell I workout to Brook Benten

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