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Dealing With Injuries

broken hand cropped*sighs*

Well everyone, it seems that I have experienced one of the biggest setbacks recently in my P90X transformation: I broke my hand the other day, and will have to have surgery this coming Friday. It was a compound fracture with part of the bone sticking out my hand. The worst thing about all this is that I can’t workout for about two months. So what can I do to deal with this setback?

Whenever an injury sets you back this long, it’s very important for you to stay positive. It’s very easy to dwell on what happened and only focus on the negative things to come, but why put yourself through that? I could eaily become depressed for a few reasons: (1) I have worked my tail off for the past year and a half to get into the best shape of my entire life, and know that I will lose the majority of my muscle mass that I gained because of 2 months’ rest, and (2) I was just about to start another round of P90X the day it happened. However, instead of being negative, I’m going to be positive and turn this time off into an opportunity. This break is going to give me a ton of time to focus on my Beachbody coaching business, so this could be blessing in disguise.

One thing that is going to be super important for me to do is focus on a healthy diet. I realize that because I’m not working out and will be losing muscle mass that my metabolism is going to slow down, and therefore I won’t be burning as many calories during the day. I’m going to have to cut back on the amount of calories and carbs that I consume because of how inactive I will be for the next few months. If I can stick with a healthy diet, I shouldn’t put on too much body fat. However, it’s inevitable that I do gain some weight and body fat, which I’m prepared for.

Once I am healed I will have to go through therapy to strengthen my hand back up. I had hand surgery in the past and was in a cast before, and it’s nuts how much strength I lost. If all goes well, I should be able to lift and workout again in a few months or so. I can’t wait for that time to come! Hey maybe I could sumbit new “before” and “after” pictures for the transformation contest again! 😉

4 comments

  1. Paul G. /

    Hey, Josh – Sorry to hear about your injury! I can totally relate to your situation. I’m in phys. therapy for a bad shoulder and am really chomping at the bit to get cleared to work out again. Hang in there, eat healthy, and the time will fly by before you know it. I’m looking forward to buying P90X from you and getting your expert coaching, hopefully in the next month or two. –Paul

  2. I broke my hand a year ago in the middle of my 2nd round of P90X (a boxer’s fracture they call it)…it sucked. But it made me focus on and pinpoint my nutrition even harder and I continued to do AB Ripper X, Plyo and some of the leg workouts from Legs & Back; I also threw in some extra cardio on my elliptical. I didn’t lose too much muscle mass and I don’t think you’ll have that problem with the shape you’re in.

    Good luck with the hand bro.

  3. It’s a bummer that this had to happen, but it’s going to give me a lot of time to focus on coaching, which is something I have been wanting to do. However, I can’t wait to get back to working out! Also, I appreciate that you’re going to purchase the program from the site! Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Yeah, that’s the same injury that I have, a boxer’s fracture. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to workout until at least a few weeks after the surgery because of the risk of infection from getting sweat and bacteria in the open wound. I can’t wait to get back at it though!

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