Over the course of my last semester in school I trained too hard and messed up my knee. I’m still not sure what I did exactly whether it was a continuous strain on my joints through the BBG program, a lack of stretching or both. Regardless, this was an eye-opening experience for me.
I have ALWAYS preached taking care of and listening to your body but I learned that I didn’t actually act on it. I noticed symptoms of an issue with my knee for months but just brushed it aside thinking it couldn’t be anything THAT serious. It took me three months to book a physiotherapist appointment. This problem could have been solved a lot sooner if I didn’t shove any feelings aside.
During my first physio appointment, my doctor informed me that my issue was surrounding patellofemoral pain syndrome which essentially means my kneecap and femur are hitting each other in a way they shouldn’t be. The end result? No lunges, no HIIT, no squats. NO SQUATS? My first thought was “HOW CAN I BE SQUATS OVER SWEETS WITHOUT THE SQUATS?!”
I honestly believe that this small set-back was exactly what I needed. It made me start thinking about what my fitness Instagram was actually for. What was I trying to accomplish? What example was I really setting? I then came to realize that “Squats Over Sweets” means way more than its literal translation. It’s a movement for lifestyle change. It’s making a conscious effort to choose health over bad habits. It’s a reflection of all that I am, all that I’ve become and all that YOU can be.
I started my Instagram account to hold myself accountable and motivate others. I’m happy to say it’s done just that for the past 10 months. If there is anything you take away from this post, I hope it’s that no matter what life throws at you, it’s going to be okay. I thought that having an injury meant it was the end for me. Instead it gave me an opportunity to do more research, educate myself and change up my workout routine. It helped me understand the true meaning behind Squats Over Sweets. It put everything into perspective.
So, technically squats are on hold for now BUT I’m still putting everything that Squats Over Sweets embodies into all that I do and let me tell you, it’s one hell of a feeling. As of today, I know that I can’t let this small external circumstance determine my true internal state but I can let it help me make positive changes for the future.