(Think of that sound a tape makes when rewinding….and if you can’t hear this then you are clearly younger than me)….We are now back in time, 12 months ago where I was feeling a little bit down and out coming off a loss after my kickboxing fight, BUT worst than losing was that nagging pain I felt in my right achilles.
When preparing for my fight last year I started getting a nagging pain in my achilles, this came and went while I was skipping, sparring, and trying to move to avoid getting hit (a key element in my sport). However, I was so determined to get inside that ring that I pushed it aside and thought f*** it plenty of people have fought with injures before so can I. Looking back now I can see that this was probably a silly idea, as the pain went from only being there during certain exercises to stopping me from getting out of bed in the morning. So this time last year I dragged my ass back to physio, and I am so thankful that I did, because I found out an achilles tendon usually takes 2 years to heal, but a year later I have been given the all clear and am told I am good to go (as long as I don’t go and do anything too crazy).
The past year has seen me go back and forwards between physio, podiatrists, and a tendon specialist. It has seen me eat crap food and put on weight (a whopping 9kg since my fight). It has seen me be very inconsistent with training; kickboxing has to be put on hold, running was a no, and even weights was a struggle (let’s face it, I am one of those weirdo’s who prefer leg day any day, rather than working upper body), so I am not just feeling unfit and looking out of shape I am both of those things right now and take full responsibility. I even had my own blood injected straight into the torn part of my achilles…cue the f word and MY MOST PAINFUL EXPERIENCE TO DATE!
BUT now I have the goal to step back into the ring before 2017 says its goodbyes, so I am on a journey to get back to the ring. This journey inspired me to create a blog series because it is essentially showing you how someone is going from being inactive (broken) and unfit, to getting healthy and fit again. It is not just a journey of fitness and nutrition but a massive mindset journey. If you have ever stepped inside that ring before you will know what I am talking about. So from now on I am going to be doing a blog post every couple of weeks documenting my journey and what has been happening, but for now it is time for me to sign off and make a plan that includes;
- Training schedule
- Meal prep
- Making water my one and only
- Strengthening my mind
- Getting out of my comfort zone
- Not over doing said injury
- And just generally smashing it
Stay tuned, there is more to come.