Here’s a Reason NOT to Work Out


I rarely encourage folks not to work out, but from time to time there’s a good reason to skip the gym. Illness is one reason. Here’s another.

You go to the gym and are all excited about running on the green way behind the facility. You check in at the front desk, proceed to the locker room and meticulously hang your clothes and arrange your toiletries in your locker. You make a quick stop in the restroom. On the way out of the restroom a little voice inside you tells you to check yourself in the mirror. And then you see it: a hole in the back of your running tights. The hole isn’t in the tight’s leg. You’d be ok with that. The hole is somewhere else. And your running shirt isn’t long enough to cover it.

You feel the blood drain from your face. In horror, you wonder how many people you passed walking from the parking lot to the front desk to the locker room. How many people know what color underwear you’re wearing? The temperature is in the high seventies so you do not have a jacket or long sleeve t-shirt to wrap around your waist. You have two choices: continue to show the world what color underwear you’re wearing, or go ahead and take your shower and arrive at work two hours early. What would you do? I would take the second option.

Don’t ask me how I know this.

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14 Responses to Here’s a Reason NOT to Work Out

  1. Thomas McNulty says:

    Hello Pam, The 1st metatarsal revision surgery took place 10/4.
    Good PACU experience. Stopped taking oxyc Sunday but
    Hurts a bit more than Tylenol can do. 8-12 weeks cast. OS used two plates and 4 screws. First post op 10/16. The splint cast is like
    Bag of rocks on the foot. Weather still nice, will try outside if not
    Raining. Much easier this time….

  2. Tom McNulty says:

    One month post op. No pain, just living with cast but I can do most
    One legged person. (No driving, in Massachusetts you have
    To surrender the license when the surgeon says you are not
    Capable of driving, common sense).
    Maybe two more months in cast. I now have 8 screws and
    Two plates instead of one screw the first time).

    Winter is coming the leaves are ready to be cleaned up and
    The trees are bare…

    • Pam Brown says:

      Wow, Tom! You’ve really been through it. I love your positive attitude. What an inspiration!

      • Tom McNulty says:

        Thank you for you encouragement!! Option 2 above was right…
        Watching the Redsox Parade and Boston Strong. I walked
        The Marathon twice in the Fall Jimmy Fund Marathon. Had a really
        Bad ankle sprain last four miles, guess it started my ankle troubles,
        But don’t regret it.

      • Thomas McNulty says:

        I graduated to air cast 12/18, three more weeks Of NWB. Getting use to air cast is like breaking In a new pair of dress up shoes. On the other Hand the X-rays of my first met look good. CT in three weeks and map out next steps ( no Pun intended). 10+ weeks cast time so far. Only one fall moving from crutches to knee roller, Just bruises…

        Merry Christmas …..

        Sent from my iPad2

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      • Pam Brown says:

        Golly! You’ve really been through it. How are your spirits?

      • Thomas McNulty says:

        Pam, pretty good. Dark cloudy days can be tough. Been getting out more, carefully. Malls are ok. Even super market. Reading works and tax time coming.

        Tom

        Sent from my iPad2

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      • Pam Brown says:

        Hang in there. You’re a champ!

      • Tom McNulty says:

        Hi Pam, after five months in a cast of some type I was freed last week. Doing PT, for a few more weeks. I can drive again which
        i think is the most wonderful impact. Foot feels fine but expect
        some discomfort from using things that have not been used since
        10/4/2013….
        Thank you for your words of encouragement and support.
        How are you doing ?
        Tom

      • Pam Brown says:

        Hi, Tom. Great progress! What milestones you have achieved!
        I’m doing well. I recently had surgery for an incarcerated umbilical hernia. All went well. It could have been much worse! I’m blessed and grateful.

      • Tom McNulty says:

        Hi from COLD NE…prior to the October surgery, I had all the tests
        For lumbar stenosis but could not have the epidural as the injection
        Is a steroid. Steroids interfere with bone healing. I was able
        To have the spinal injection today ! Did not need the burning sensation, along with numb thighs and ball of each foot during
        Cast time hopefully the injection will solve the problem. Tough
        Getting old but there are solutions. The injection was painless and five minutes…

        Good you are doing well. Let’s both keep it up….

        Tom

      • Pam Brown says:

        Yes, let’s both keep it up!

      • Tom McNulty says:

        Pam, update. No more boots, crutches or PT. Walking well
        Just not too far. Slight set back, dropped a trash can edge on
        The midfoot, bruise, had two more weeks in boot but
        Aleve helped.

        Tom

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