Dear Rebecca

Everything is going to be OK. I know you’ve had a rough weekend, but you’ll get through it. Tomorrow is a new day.

You’re feeling bad about yourself because your ankle injury has kept you from working out for over a month.

That realization hit you this weekend, but it’s OK. You’ve been awesome about not letting it affect you for weeks now.

It’s OK to cry when you think about the fact that you won’t be able to work out for another three weeks.

Cry it out. Scream. Cry some more.

You will feel better.

And, when you’re done crying, look in the mirror, and tell yourself that you are beautiful.

Because you are.

Everything is going to be OK.


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  1. Don’t feel *so* bad. In February-ish, I had tendonitis in my hip, patella and foot (all at the same time, on the same leg) and I was in PT for 4 weeks. But even during that time, it was suggested to me that I do not run – and of course, I LOVE running, but I knew if I continued, I would easily pay the price with a stress fracture.

    Give yourself the time to rest and you’l be back out there in no time.

  2. Love this. Sorry you are struggling – never fun. But this attitude is awesome. Everything is going to be more than okay! It’s going to be amazing. 🙂

  3. I know the feeling. And your blog is right–it’s OK to feel down and cry. I’ve been dealing with two injured knees for six years and there are plenty of times I break down about everything I used to do that I can’t, including exercise. Hang in there–you’ll be better soon enough!

  4. Aww.. an injury is so frustrating. However, don’t forget that you practiced Bikram yoga last weekend, which is INCREDIBLY challenging and pushes your body. It’s not your typical workout but I’m sure your body appreciated it 🙂

  5. I’m really glad you posted this

    It’s weird, the other day I was thinking that it’s impossible to be happy when you hate how you look. Like, I literally can not feel happy if I’m dissatisfied with what I see in the mirror.
    Doesn’t that just sounds ridiculous? It does! and it is.

    I know that working out is one of those things that make you feel good about yourself and it’s sooo frustrating not being able to do something you love, but I’m glad you know what was hurting you and you know how to fix it! I’m sure the time off is well deserved and when you’re able to get back to your workout routine you’ll easily pick up where you left off.

    Love ya missy 🙂

  6. I absolutely love this. Struggling a bit myself and the first thing I have to remind myself – is that it is simply OK to BE and OK to be honest and true to the feelings we are feeling. That we need to to be extra kind and nice and supportive of ourselves when we face struggles. Hugs to you – a great great reminder for many!

  7. being sidelined with an injury is so frustrating! i definitely know the feeling- i struggled with tendonitis in my foot last year- but a positive attitude like yours helps!

    1. Hi Jenny

      Thank you for sympathizing with my frustration.

      As far as this post being a ‘a little over the top,’ I have to disagree. I was having a really bad weekend when I wrote it. At the time, I needed to get my emotions out on paper (or in this case in a blog post). Writing it out made me feel better. I’m a writer. That’s what I do.

      I am the type of person who works out because I love to, not because I feel like I have to. Until this mini-breakdown, I’d been pretty cool with the fact that I haven’t been able to exercise for more than a month. Writing it out made me feel better about my body again.

      In addition, I was feeling upset for many other reasons that weekend. This was just one of them.

      If anything, I think I handled the situation pretty well. I could have written a post screaming about my body. And, you know what? That would have been fine, too. I conveyed how I felt to the group of like-minded people that I know read my blog. It was my choice to write about it.

      It’s also your right to comment. So, thank you for your constructive criticism. 🙂

  8. No matter how big or how small they seem to others, personal setbacks can sideline you in the worst ways. I can wake up one morning in the best mood ever and the tiniest thing can set me off in a bad mood. I can go to the gym and feel a twinge in my leg that makes me cut my workout short, and I turn into the Incredible Hulk for the rest of the day. You set a certain standard for yourself in your mind, and if you can’t fulfill your ideal conditions or reach your goals, depression easily takes over. Over the top to some? Maybe. But for better or worse, you’re your own worst critic, and that’s what blogging’s all about – sharing your opinions and your innermost thoughts. Being sidelined with an injury SUCKS. You feel helpless, you feel mentally and physically weak. It just SUCKS. Your feelings are totally valid, and this is definitely a safe space to vent. I hope your ankle is feeling back to normal as fast as can be, but in the meantime, be as angry as you want at it. You’re the only person you have to answer to. 🙂

    1. I agree with Kat. Plus, when you can’t do something that you are very passionate about for reasons beyond your control, I think it is completely normal to be upset. I’ve been in the same boat before. It really really sucks. Sounds over the top? Probably to someone who might not share the same zeal for exercise. But that’s what makes you happy, and I don’t think you should be criticized for that!

      Hang in there! Your blog is right – you are beautiful and everything will be OK!

  9. Over the top? I think not. Why do we call dealing with our feelings, via ones blog, being “over the top” ???

    I respect the fact that you are able to be open with your frustration, a frustration that many feel and can relate to. Exercise, for many, isn’t just for how we look on the outside. Rather, it is all the ability to relieve stress, the good endorphins, the strength it builds internally an so much more.

    Any injury is frustrating. I think they teach us patience and a better appreciation of our bodies, once we are back on our “A-Game”. Be kind to yourself, friend & remember that this too, shall pass in time.

  10. I don’t want to dwell on the “comment” but Heather is right. It’s your blog. You can write whatever you feel like, at any time, on any day. If a reader doesn’t like it, they have the choice to not read it. It’s pretty simple.

  11. I totally get what you are saying. It’s been 6 weeks since my c-section and the hardest part about my pregnancy was not being able to work out the way I used to. I just got the green light to get back into my routine and I am excited and frustrated at the same time. I can’t wait to start working on “me” again, but it took so much effort to even get the first 10 sit-ups done. I felt muscle fatigue with my first steep hill climb when I went out for a “real” walk again. I have so far to go and I don’t like myself right now. I feel guilty for sitting back and letting my body get out of shape. Listening to you reminds me that following doctor’s orders and staying healthy for my baby was far more important, and for that I need to love myself. I need to remember to take care of me and love me even when I don’t like me. In the meantime, let’s hang in there together. We’ll get back on track soon. Stay positive. I love you.

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