***Warning*** If you are easily grossed out by body stuff, just skip this post and come back some other time.
If there's anything that runs like clockwork just as much as my propensity for cycling in and out of shape, it's that once I decide it's time to get back into shape, I will face some sort of major setback early on. And guys, that most definitely happened, and in a big way.
I have had a little cyst in my right armpit for several years now. It was a benign little sebaceous cyst, and it was really deep, so there was nothing to do about it, except see if it was going to get worse or better on its own. Well, it decided to get worse, and on Tuesday morning, I woke up to an ache in my armipt. When I took a look, it was swollen. I wasn't sure what was happening, because I had heard that painful swelling could mean that the cyst was working itself out, or that it had burst and was infected. Since our insurance is still in processing right now and out finalized, I also wanted to wait and make sure that there was a problem before trying to get in to the Dr. By Thursday, things were much worse, and I was pretty much constantly in agony. So I got myself in to the Doctor's office, where it was confirmed that I definitely had a burst infected cyst. And so now we're treating that loveliness with antibiotics, hot compresses, and ibuprofen. There is definitely no working out happening, because I'm pretty much in agony anytime I move quickly, or my right arm moves. Fun, right? We're hoping hat by Monday, things will have progressed to the point where either my body can re-absorb the cyst, or it will start seeping out and the doctor can excise it. Obviously, I'm hoping for re-absorption, because it's a much faster healing time. However, I'll really be happy for progress either way, because it will mean that this setback is that closer to being over.
Ya know, just putting a hot compress on my armpit. No big.
I hate that these setbacks happen, but I realize that they serve such a valid purpose. They serve as evidence of my desire and dedication to my goal. If I am just as motivated to get back to my workouts afterward, I know that my goal is valid and important. If I have no desire, it's wake-up call that I should probably stop and re-evaluate what I'm doing and why I thought it was a good idea. Right now, I would love to be able to go workout and keep improving my fitness again. Every time I drive by our new gym, I wish I could go in and get to work. These are good signs. I know that I'm on the right track. It's going to happen for me, and before I know it, I'm be back in the game.
Do you have workout setbacks? If so, how do you handle them?