by Lauren Bongiorno
Over the summer while working out in my yard, I heard a popping noise in my left knee. I instantly started crying from the pain and when I tried to straighten my leg out but couldn’t, I knew I had a serious injury on my hands.
After a visit to both the emergency room and an orthopedic doctor, I learned that I sprained my right lateral collateral ligament pretty badly. I was told that I needed physical therapy twice a week for the next 3 months and needed to drastically modify my workouts so I wouldn’t further injure my knee.
If you’ve ever been injured, you know how frustrating it can be. As a result of the injury there are a lot of limitations and a lot of precautions that more often than not interfere with your daily routine. Once the doctor told me of my injury, however, my first thoughts were not about what I couldn’t do, but rather what I still could do.
In the weeks recovering form my injury, instead of running outside for cardio, which has high impact on your knees, I rode my bike and used the elliptical at the gym. Instead of my intense power yoga sessions, I focused more on slow deep stretches and meditation. And instead of leg days that usually consisted of lots of jumping and heavy squats and lunges, I focused on building my upper body strength with exercises like pull ups, pushups, shoulder presses and tricep dips.
Even though I could not work out as hard as I normally would have, I knew it was so important to stay active to keep my blood sugar levels from spiking and to keep my stress levels low. It didn’t matter that I wasn’t running 10 miles a day or squatting with heavy weights. All that mattered was that I was moving my body and staying active, using what I had to do what I could because every little bit makes a difference.
I truly believe that injuries, just like diabetes and all of life’s other challenges should be approached the same way:
- With acceptance
You may not be able to control what happens to you but you can control how you react. Once you can accept the challenge that has presented itself, you can begin focusing on seeing the positive in a situation and cultivating strength to help you get through it.
- With patience
When a new challenge presents itself there may be frustrating times, but the important thing is to be patient. To know that the moments of struggle are not permanent, and they will pass.
- With perseverance
Above all, we must believe that challenges are not meant to be roadblocks, but only bumps in the road. No matter how many bad days you have, or moments of self doubt and sadness, or no matter how many times you get knocked down, the important thing is that you get right back up and keep fighting to be the healthiest and happiest you.
Lauren Bongiorno is a Type 1 Diabetic, Diabetic holistic health coach, qualified yoga instructor, and motivational speaker. Lauren has lived with Type 1 Diabetes since 2000 and has proven that no matter what your challenge in life is, taking control of it starts from the inside out with a healthy mind and body. With a background in holistic health, personal training, division 1 collegiate soccer, and yoga, Lauren is the Brand Ambassador for Gluco Perfect. You can connect with Lauren on her website at laurenbongiorno.com and follow her Instagram and Facebook pages for daily inspiration.