I feel like a pent up drug addict! Okay, so let me explain before someone suggests a rehab program. I recently got LASIK eye surgery (gotta love technology), and while I’m loving the clear vision, I’m hating the post op care. I reach for the eye drops, or artificial tears, like a life long crack addict reaches for the…well crack. I admit, I don’t know much about drugs but I’ve seen a Lifetime movie or two and this is what I assume it feels like to be a character in one of them. I have some artificial tears in my car, backpack, nightstand, pocket, purse…I could go on! In my defense, the doctor did prescribe I take them as often as possible! This artificial tear addiction however isn’t even the worse part. The worse part is (you may have to sit down for this), I’m not allowed to work out for 2 weeks!!
Okay, vent over. So what’s the point of this blog other than giving me a reason to angrily type out my aggression in the first paragraph? The point is: You can almost always find a way to workout even when you think it’s impossible. So I suppose this blog is a bit more motivational, but here’s my example.
The doctor’s worries are that I may put too much strain on my eyes with heavy lifting or that sweat may get into my eyes. These are both understandable worries, but if you’ve read my previous blogs you know I have recently taken up a kettlebell program, so this is not good news for me. But, like every woman does, I’ve found a way to ignore the man with the rules (only kidding). More accurately, after about half a week, I found a way to compromise with his rules yet still get what I want…my workouts. (and don’t worry, I did consult my doctor prior as you always should)!
- Problem One: I’m not allowed heavy lifting or putting strain on my eyes.
- Solution One: Riding a bike or using the elliptical machine is about as strainless as it gets when it comes to working out, yet both still pack a mean punch when it comes to calorie burn if you really put in the effort. So, I’ve found my workout, but what about the next problem.
- Problem Two: I’m can’t allow sweat in the eyes.
- Solution Two: Since I figured riding a bike with my eyes closed may be one of the least intelligent things I’ve done, I found a slightly more reasonable compromise. I found a sweatband to go around my head Richard Simmons style. This limits the sweat that would run into my eyes.
Okay, so just like every “Full House” episode, each blog must also have a moral of the story. No matter what excuse or speed bump you may have in your fitness plan, and trust me, I know there can be hundreds, you can’t let that tempt you to stop working to reach your goal. I was tempted for the first couple of days to fully accept the doctor’s orders and use them as an excuse for taking a break from the gym, but I knew that wouldn’t help me. That, and I was so used to working out on a regular basis that I was going crazy! Don’t let the little things stop you, but always, ALWAYS, talk to your doctor before thinking you can side step their precautions. They are there for a reason!
Oh…and I have to wear goggles while I sleep. Okay, now the vent is over. 🙂