Just days before Christmas last year, I went in for surgery to have my thyroid removed due to cancer.
The following 3 months were physically the worst I’ve ever felt. Between the intense brain fog and the body fatigue, it was hard to get out of bed some days, let alone continue to work full-time. It was also cold & flu season and I got hammered – twice within a month.
I went to the doctor towards the end of March and asked if the fatigue that long was normal. I was told “yes, it could take a year before you feel completely like you used to.”
Being someone who’s always been athletic, being told you would feel tired & blah for up to a year was unacceptable. I decided I wasn’t going to sit around and fall victim to my health problems. Within a few days of that appointment, I started going to the gym multiple times a week at the start of April.
Did I mention I HATE going to the gym? It wasn’t easy and I probably pushed myself too hard – 15 minutes on the treadmill, 10 minutes on the bike. Each week I pushed myself to go longer and faster, eventually incorporating weights as well. Eight months in, I’m still going at least twice a week. I still hate going to the gym, but I know I’m doing so with a purpose…and shin-splints.
Then I see something like this, and I’m inspired to continue to work hard, if not harder!
The only limitations we ever have are the ones we put on ourselves. pic.twitter.com/YDzXI0pYwP
— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) November 23, 2018