Recovering from leg injury: valuing patience

Life is a marathon, not a sprintI am starting a series that monitors my progress recovering from an injury to my left knee. I’ll check in every couple of weeks to monitor my progress towards achieving my goals.

I sustained a knee injury sometime in late April of this year after running 10k on a treadmill. I felt slight inflammation in my leg after that run but didn’t pay any mind to it until it worsened after playing a game of basketball on cement. Now, I am afraid I may have a slight tare on the tendon that connects on the outside of my left knee joint. When putting pressure on that portion of my knee, I feel soreness or pain.

I have not been able to play basketball or run for two months now, which is way too long. I am sad, to say the least. It devastates me to think that I won’t be able to play basketball again, but it’s because it’s my fault. I stubbornly warm up for some of my workouts at the gym playing basketball and instead reinjure my leg. My impatience causes me to hurt myself.

Recently

The past week, I set it in my mind to stay off my leg. My leg must heal, and that won’t happen if I continue aggravating it. My goal is to recover and run a half marathon. I eventually want to run a marathon, but I need to completely heal from this injury first.

I miss leg days. I miss running the basketball court. I miss doing all that stuff I used to be able to do, and it’s all because of my stubbornness. Now I know patience will lead me to recover. I need to stay off the leg.

I have a doctor’s appointment on July 31st, so hopefully, she will be able to give me a diagnosis on my knee, and I will have a definite answer of how I should go about healing.

I want to run again. I want to play basketball. This time away makes me really appreciate the fortunes I have been given in life: to be able to walk, jump, and run without difficulty. I appreciate this time off because it gives me time to recover from my injury and strengthen other parts of my body, such as my core and my upper body.

Looking Through a Different Lens

Instead of looking at this from a negative perspective, I see this as a blessing in disguise. I am now forced to stay off my leg and focus more on core exercises and improving my handstands.

Since my injury, I started a practice of meditating for five minutes in the morning, then proceeding to a ten-minute yoga session. I have succeeded in practicing Yoga for 41 days in a row without fail. I have turned my morning meditation and yoga practice into a keystone habit. This keystone habit primes my mind and body for the rest of the day. Not only does my mind feel limber after my morning sessions, my mind is calm. Once complete, I move on to preparing my breakfast: oatmeal with brown sugar and cinnamon and 500ml of warm water with lemon. Something that came from slowing down because of my injury.

Turmeric and Patience

To improve my healing, I bought turmeric because this root is highly beneficial for reducing inflammation and improving natural body function. In addition to these benefits, it’s not a bad tasting spice—it tempts me to find a recipe for curry and try it.

This injury caused me to slow down and relax, and I’m sad that I don’t get to play basketball. But in the end, it is how I go about perceiving the challenges I face in life and the manner in which I bare my difficulties that define character.

Five Vegan Food Groups for Transitioning Beginners

5 Vegan Food Groups-2These Food Groups will Help You Go Vegan

So you want to go vegan, but you don’t know where to start.

When I first became interested in changing my diet four years ago, I read a book that changed the way I looked at how to look for food. “Main Street Vegan” by Victoria Moran gives beginners an entire run down to start out as a vegan. However, you don’t have to go through the entire book to start.  Continue reading “Five Vegan Food Groups for Transitioning Beginners”

On misfortune and uncertainty.

In life, there will be moments of sadness and heartache, and situations with explanations beyond our understanding. That is life. C’est la vie. These dichotomies are what make living on the spectrum of color, joy, wealth, and fortune worth it. Tomorrow’s uncertainty is today’s ambition. Fear of the unknown only hinders a person from experiencing life for all that it can offer. Freedom is living bold.

Ambition

Ambition wakes me up at 5 AM.
Ambition tells me, “I can.”
Ambition pushes me to sweat.
Ambition tracks my progress.

Ambition is 100 push-ups before bed.
Ambition is reading on my free time.
Ambition is living vegan.
Ambition is practicing yoga before I even know what day it is.

Ambition is living up my dreams despite life’s obstacles.
Ambition leads to a life full of fulfillment.

I Want

I want to be a a yogi,
So I practice yoga
I want to be a writer,
So I write about everything.
I want to be strong
So I practice strength.
I want to be aware,
So I listen and I read.
I want to be creative,
So I create.
I want to be loved
So I love
every chance I get.

Coming Back from Holiday in Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro.

IMG_3102I just returned from a two-and-a-half week trip to Mediterranean Europe. I visited Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro all within a very short span of time. My trip was a buffet platter of cultures that gave me a small glimpse into the lives of how others live in that part of the world. The landscape was beautiful, the people welcoming, and the experience insightful. The travel bug bit me pretty hard, and now I can’t wait to share my experience. Continue reading “Coming Back from Holiday in Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, and Montenegro.”