December 15, 2020

#TrueTalkTuesdays 109

Today I got my cast removed. Finally!

It’s only been 10 days, but it’s been really annoying trying to do day-to-day tasks, and sweating into this is not that great either, lol.

All is well though. I still have to give my wrist more time to heal before resuming my regular activity. I have been doing a lot of legs, and I just got a new tool, a Concept2 rowing machine which I got to use yesterday and was great.

I also did some barbell rows and some light pressing (bench and shoulder), with no issues. I think in another 10 days I will be good to go. But the main thing I want to work on is getting back full range of motion on my wrist. So I have to do some physical therapy work in the meantime to get the wrist to move the way it should.

Everything is a process these days, and maintaining the health of my body is like a house – there is always something going on that needs maintenance.

The older the house, the more issues it probably has – especially if it wasn’t well looked after. It is sobering to realize that you didn’t inherit the vast majority of your issues – YOU are the one that created that environment.

I look back now at all the foolish things I did in my teens and twenties, thinking that I got away with poor decisions with no consequences. But it’s like an A/C filter you never changed. It doesn’t have immediate consequences, but long term it will damage the system.

The last few years I have been living a healthy lifestyle that I should have been following for decades. I have been “undoing” a lot of the damage I have done, but some things can’t be undone and just have to be managed.

Moral of the story get your house in order. If you are young, it may seem like extra work to eat clean, exercise daily, and have massage or physical therapy to address body pains or imbalances, but your future self will thank you 100 times over when it doesn’t need to half knee surgeries or other serious interventions.

Even if you are older, unless you plan on dying today, it’s never too late to start cleaning house. We have made a lot of advances in science and medicine, which has allowed us to squeeze out more performance of the flesh bag we call the human body.

I like to say that it isn’t how you start, but how you finish that matters most. What good is it to have lived like a rock star in your first 40 years of life, only to find yourself completely destroyed and incapable of doing anything in the twilight of your life? Your final moments will end up being filled with remembering the good old days, instead of enjoying the time you have left.

I want my last days to be the best days. But in order for that to happen, I have to put in the work now to prepare for that. That’s not something you can procrastinate on, as that deadline is quite literally a deadline. 🙂

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?

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  • Jason Robinson says:

    Absolutely correct David.
    I follow a similar philosophy today ; and wish I’d known and better looked after myself years ago. Such is life!

  • Also just got a concept2. Love it. Takes the pressure off my bad knee

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