“If the upper is broken, work the lower.”
“If the lower is broken, work the upper.”
“If both are broken, work the middle.”
These words from Tony Horton ring out in my head everyday right now. I remember being in Dallas in September of 2010 with him at a Beachbody event and hearing him state this.
And yet I SUCK at this.
To be honest, not being able to do what I want to do bums me out. Not quite a clinical depression, but close enough to cause me to lose motivation. All I want to do is push-ups and pull-ups, darn it! But, with one surgery in the books (and in the middle of Physical Therapy to get it back up and going) and another one to come soon, I realize that upper body work is not going to be my friend. For a while. Possibly a LONG while….
I’ve had to remind myself of Tony’s words.
“Work the lower, Brent….work the lower!” So I have been this week. I have a pretty good routine setup, and now I just have to follow it.
Sundays is cardio. Monday is legs. Tuesday is cardio. Wednesday will be a rest/stretch day. Thursday will be tabatas on the bike. Friday is is cardio. Lot of cardio in there, but with the limited nature of how I can do resistance with the legs, I’m on machine weights only. Don’t want to overdo it on the legs.
And I’ve been reintroduced to my old friend DOMS. DOMS delayed his visit longer than normal on legs workouts, showing up more than 24 hours after I completed. I have not done leg curls in years. My muscles are reminding me of that right now.
I’m a realist and know that this work will pay off, but I must follow good dietary measures first. Paleo has been good to me, minus the intense headaches so far. 5 days of VLC, and now transitioning into a period of slightly larger carb intakes. I will still take a cheat meal once a week as long as I’ve held to 80/20 or better on my nutrition. So far this week I’m hitting around 90/10 or better.
Today I reintroduced Shakeology. I needed that stuff. Over the next 2 weeks I’ll keep using it to see how it detoxifies the system while maintaining a relatively clean diet.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep working the lower and looking forward to getting surgery #2 scheduled, over with, and begin rehab on it.