Week 2 of My Fitness Challenge Ends with Issues

Last Updated on August 23, 2022 by Michael Brockbank

Unfortunately, this past week of health and fitness really didn’t go according to plan. I hurt my back recently and haven’t been able to get into a good flow for what I wanted to accomplish. Does this mean I’ll simply give up?

Absolutely not. In fact, I’m taking a few precautions this week to somehow get back into the swing of things. For one thing, I don’t need to sit here and snack if I’m unable to move about.

That’s quite counterproductive to my diet.

What Slowed Me Down in Week 2?

When I was 12, I literally spun my lower body in half. Since then, I’ve been plagued with back troubles. And having an ultra-uncomfortable bed and a beaten-down office chair doesn’t help in the slightest.

Needless to say, I’ve had a hard time lately simply getting out of my bed in the morning. Most of the time, I have to roll out while trying not to bend my back.

As soon as I get moving around, the pain’s not so bad. But the bottom line is that I really need to stretch more.

As you can see from my 12-week fitness challenge spreadsheet, the last week and a half wasn’t the most stellar for my performance. However, a lot of that has to do more with me slipping from the mindset for the challenge in general.

In other words, I’m letting my back be an excuse to indulge a bit more than I really should.

Luckily, I was still able to get to the gym on Friday morning. Though, I had to pop a lot of Advil throughout the day.

Dumpster Fire

What Can I Do to Get Back On Track for Week 3?

So, what I need to do to get things rolling again is a bit obvious. It’s my hope that by writing them out below that I’ll actually remember to do the things that will benefit me.

This is because I often forget as I wind up getting too busy throughout the day.

Put Myself as a Primary Priority

I tend to put clients first because that’s who keeps my mortgage paid. But I need to change this mindset. If I don’t prioritize myself, I’m no good to anybody.

On the other hand, my job involves me sitting at a computer throughout the day. So, it’s not like it’s incredibly taxing. But if I can’t sit for longer than 20 minutes because my back starts acting up, then I am less efficient.

I need to start prioritizing my health and well-being above everything else. If I can’t move or if I wind up getting hospitalized, then I’m not working for anyone at that point.

Stretch Every Morning

One of the things that would probably help the most is making sure I stretch. I’m not very good at remembering to do that, which is why my muscles are always tight and/or in knots.

Touching my toes? Forget about it.

By taking the time to stretch first thing in the morning, I hope to alleviate some of the physical issues I have. Just being able to get out of bed without wincing would be awesome.

Guess I’ll have to invest some time into Yoga.

Get Back into the “Challenge” Mindset

In week one, I had the mindset that this was a “challenge.” The purpose of a challenge is to go beyond your normal routine. Having back issues gave me an excuse to forget that aspect.

I’m going to spend week 3 getting back into that mindset. It’s my goal to burn more than 3,500 calories per day, so I need to do what I can to make sure it happens.

Even if I couldn’t walk, I should have curtailed the amount of junk I was eating.

Eat Less On Days I Don’t Move

Speaking of eating, sticking with my Net 600 Calorie diet would have ensured I lost weight despite not being able to move. But I decided to use it as an excuse to binge anyway.

I’m especially bad on Saturdays. I really need to find something to do other than snack on random crap in the house. Perhaps I’ll look for a weekend activity that keeps me busy.

I live in Denver; I’m sure I can find all kinds of things to do on a weekend.

Let’s See if I Can Get Things Back in the Green

It’ll be a bit difficult in the beginning. After all, I can’t expect one stretch to solve all of my back problems. But if I ease into it while still focusing on reducing caloric intake, I should be able to get back on track relatively quickly.

My goal is to be back in the 220s by next Tuesday. Let’s see if I can build up the momentum again.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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