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'I Transformed My Body After A Major Health Crisis Thanks To This Workout Routine'

6 months ago, 20 Dec 02:55

By: Sophie Allen As To ...

When I was in my early twenties, I underwent a routine gynecological procedure—a laparoscopic surgery—that went very wrong. My condition deteriorated during the week after my procedure, and when I went to get my stitches removed, I was sent to the hospital where doctors discovered a perforation in my bowel.  I ended up spending over a month in the intensive care unit in a bed, unable to even get up to shower myself, unable to walk. It was a pretty strange period in my life. I don't remember much of the physical or emotional pain of it, but, years later, every now and then a smell or something brings me back to the time I spent in hospital and triggers the emotions. But what I do remember is my own strength, and the strength of my support system. After I got out of the hospital, my body was a mess. I was given no direction on how to re-balance it, but I was warned about the possibility of developing scar tissue, and told that exercise would help. So once my body could handle it, I started running—a sport chosen largely because I didn’t know much else about fitness. What I did know: Being so sick and weak made me want to feel strong and capable again. Fitness quickly became a great avenue to explore that. I had never really thought of exercising as fun, just as something you were required to do in grade school. But I set a goal to run a 15K fun run, which I ended up doing two and a half years post-op. Getting back to my normal life, back to college, and back to my routine was empowering; I got out of an unhealthy relationship, moved houses, finished my degree, traveled, and moved overseas for a while. During that time though, working out was still only something I did when I had a goal set (like a race) or when the weather was good—there wasn’t a lot of thought behind it beyond wanting to be a bit active. Eventually, I realized I needed more than just running. I wanted to get fit and feel more confident in my skin. I’d heard and seen a lot of good things on social media about a 12-week resistance training program, and since I could do it from home without a gym membership, I decided to give it a go. This decision opened me up to a whole new way of moving and challenging my body. By the time the three months were up, I was hooked. I started light weight training regularly. After about a year, I started to feel antsy. I had plateaued and wanted a new challenge, so I got a personal trainer and started learning how to lift real weights. I enjoyed it and saw some results, but I wasn’t seeing the total transformation that I wanted. I was bummed. I resigned myself to the fact that I maybe just don't have the genetics or ...
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'I Transformed My Body After A Major Health Crisis Thanks To This Workout Routine'

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By: Sophie Allen As To ...
When I was in my early twenties, I underwent a routine gynecological procedure—a laparoscopic surgery—that went very wrong. My condition deteriorated during the week after my procedure, and when I went to get my stitches removed, I was sent to the hospital where doctors discovered a perforation in my bowel.  I ended up spending over a month in the intensive care unit in a bed, unable to even get up to shower myself, unable to walk. It was a pretty strange period in my life. I don't remember much of the physical or emotional pain of it, but, years later, every now and then a smell or something brings me back to the time I spent in hospital and triggers the emotions. But what I do remember is my own strength, and the strength of my support system. After I got out of the hospital, my body was a mess. I was given no direction on how to re-balance it, but I was warned about the possibility of developing scar tissue, and told that exercise would help. So once my body could handle it, I started running—a sport chosen largely because I didn’t know much else about fitness. What I did know: Being so sick and weak made me want to feel strong and capable again. Fitness quickly became a great avenue to explore that. I had never really thought of exercising as fun, just as something you were required to do in grade school. But I set a goal to run a 15K fun run, which I ended up doing two and a half years post-op. Getting back to my normal life, back to college, and back to my routine was empowering; I got out of an unhealthy relationship, moved houses, finished my degree, traveled, and moved overseas for a while. During that time though, working out was still only something I did when I had a goal set (like a race) or when the weather was good—there wasn’t a lot of thought behind it beyond wanting to be a bit active. Eventually, I realized I needed more than just running. I wanted to get fit and feel more confident in my skin. I’d heard and seen a lot of good things on social media about a 12-week resistance training program, and since I could do it from home without a gym membership, I decided to give it a go. This decision opened me up to a whole new way of moving and challenging my body. By the time the three months were up, I was hooked. I started light weight training regularly. After about a year, I started to feel antsy. I had plateaued and wanted a new challenge, so I got a personal trainer and started learning how to lift real weights. I enjoyed it and saw some results, but I wasn’t seeing the total transformation that I wanted. I was bummed. I resigned myself to the fact that I maybe just don't have the genetics or ...
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