Dealing With Injuries & Modifying My Workouts

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and feel rested and ready for the week.

So, last week I had to deal with something I HATE dealing with: injuries. I know most people probably don’t like them, but I have a really hard time dealing with and accepting them; I often keep pushing myself and ultimately making things worse… when will I ever learn?!

You may remember me mentioning last week that I tweaked my knee while at the driving range, but that after some ibuprofen and taking it “easy” at the gym and in my class, I felt totally fine. Fine enough to move heavy things up and down 2 flights of stairs all weekend, run 3.5 miles and teach kickboxing. On top of that, Monday morning started off early with my Muscle  Mix class, Tuesday night my bootcamp and Wednesday a 30 minute outdoor run before teaching UXF Burn.

I know, I know. You’re probably shaking your heads at me going “you dummy. Of course you got injured. That’s a recipe for disaster and you haven’t taken a rest day in going on 2 weeks!”. And, you’re totally right for thinking that. All of those workouts and moving finally caught up with me and I woke up on Thursday morning with so much pain in the same knee I tweaked the week before.

Luckily, Thursday was a planned rest day for me anyway, and with some ibuprofen and ice, I woke up on Friday feeling better than I did on Thursday. However, I made a pact with myself that I would take it easy all weekend.


Again, I know what you’re probably thinking: “Wow, Monique. You gave yourself a 4 day break. Whoop-dee-freaking-do”. But guys, taking it down a BIG notch for 4 days is so hard for me. My body is used to moving (actively) every day, so telling it to slow down for 4 consecutive days is a huge challenge for me.

But, I gave myself {multiple} pep talks and worked hard to convince myself that taking a little break wasn’t the end of the world, and certainly didn’t mean I was going to lose all of my strength, cardiovascular health and gain 5lbs (I know, I’m so dramatic).

The craziest part about all this is I’m SO GOOD at giving this advice to others. I’m so good at telling people to rest and listen to their bodies and that we all have muscle memory and we’ll bounce back faster than we think. Why can’t I be SO GOOD at giving-and taking- this advice for myself? Will I ever learn, or will I forget all about this until the next time I am faced with another injury (remember the post I wrote about rest days? I haven’t listened to that much lately…) ? It’s so frustrating that I am so bad at listening to myself and my body and that I am so addicted to the feeling during and after a good workout. Don’t get me wrong- it’s great to have a passion and a healthy passion, but when does it get to the point of being unhealthy. An injury? A different set back? When will I get to the point where I see the signs BEFORE things get too far. Before a healthy thing turns into an unhealthy, injury prone obsession?

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So, although all of that is hard to admit, it’s true, and injuries are an eye opener for me. I’m happy to say that I did rest for 4 days (with the exception of short walks) and plan on taking it easy with my workouts this week. I don’t need to be beating my body into the ground every day like I generally do. If I want to have a lifetime of physical activity, I need to take care of my body now and not wear it down.

Phew. how’s that for a heavy Monday post. Thanks for listening, though. It always feels good to get this stuff out- I hope some of you can give me good advice and if you’re dealing with the same thing as me, I’m hoping you can find relief in the fact you’re not alone.

This Week’s Workouts

  • Monday- I’m not teaching today so my plan after work is to go to the gym and do some light, steady state cardio (I just want to sweat!!) and some upper body and core work. I’m going to take it easy with squats and lunges this week.
  • Tuesday- It’s the first week of my second bootcamp session and I’m SO excited. A bunch of people from my office have expressed interest, so it could be a decent size crowd!
  • Wednesday- Teaching UXF Burn at 6:30 in Central Square. Before class I may do some steady state cardio or lifting. I’ll see how I feel.
  • Thursday- Not sure! Maybe my own workout, maybe a class, maybe a walk. I’m going to see how I feel.
  • Friday- Probably a rest day.
  • Saturday- I’m supposed to be teaching my cardio kickboxing class at the Oak Square YMCA, but I was invited to attend #BosFIT, an AWESOME fitness event hosted by Bostinno, so I’m trying to get a sub for my class. Check back here on Wednesday for a chance to attend the event for free!
  • Sunday- After the classes I’m planning to take on Saturday, Sunday will be my second rest day of the week

Questions for you: What was the best workout you had last week? What’s the last injury you’ve had? How do you deal with injuries? Any good advice to share?

Listening to your body & taking rest

Well hello there, B2B readers! Happy, happy Friday 🙂 What’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans? Mine is relatively open, besides a girls night at my place tonight with Danielle, Amy and Rachel! I’m so excited to finally have people over and to check out a restaurant or bar in the area.

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Anyway! On top of being excited about having the girls over tonight, I am excited to have a few days off from teaching. I don’t know what it is, but this week has totally kicked my butt. Actually, when I really think about it, I have felt completely beat ever since before my move, which is going on 3 weeks at this point. Something about that just isn’t right… or normal. I am one who generally has loads of energy and can push through two-a-days at the gym like it’s my job (haha, I guess it kinda is my job!), but lately, I find myself really lacking in energy. I’m not sleeping well, yet I pretty much have to drag myself out of bed every morning. I’m exhausted, yet I’ve continued to workout. Anyone who’s read my weekly workout posts can probably agree that I don’t give myself enough rest, which generally doesn’t bother me, but lately I’ve felt like I’ve been pushing myself too much.


My old injuries have been popping up (shoulder, hip flexors, knee, shin… the list goes on and on), which can only mean I’ve been overworking them and it’s their way of showing me it’s time to slow down, right? Even though I could push through these little injuries and ice after every workout and foam roll the life out of me, is it worth it? Probably not. If I don’t listen to my body and take the rest it clearly needs, will I likely get more injured? Probably.

So, with that said, I’ve decided to take at least Friday-Sunday off from any sort of physical activity (except for walks and staying active like that…). I know 3 days off from working out may not seem like a real “rest”, but for me, even taking 2 days in a row off is a lot, so 3 days off in a row will likely feel a long time! Pending on how those days go, I may extend the break until next Wednesday, which is the next day I need to teach. I really need workouts for my mental sanity on top of physical fitness, so if I’m miserable then I’ll incorporate light, steady state cardio on Monday and Tuesday.

I’m excited to let my body heal and have some time to chill out. I have a million errands that I need to run this weekend, but I hope to get to the beach and relax, too. It will also be nice to have a few days where I am not planning my day around my workout (this has become so second nature to me that it doesn’t bother me, but it feels weird/nice when I don’t have to!). If nothing else, forcing myself to rest and relax might even turn out to be enjoyable? What a thought! 😉


I’d love to hear your thoughts on taking extended rest days and listening to your body! When is the last time you gave yourself more rest than usual? Do you go through phases where you find yourself being too intense with your workouts? Have any nagging injuries?

Leave some suggestions of things I can do to keep myself occupied this weekend 🙂