On Friday I got an email from my friends over at Bowflex asking if I wanted to take part in their Summer Strong challenge. I was super excited as I love cardio, but I really do enjoy working on my strength as well.
My favorite part of the challenge is that Bowflex Fitness Advisor Tom Holland designed the challenge to take only 5 minutes a day.
5 minutes day, people!
They are also sending me their Bowflex SelectTech® 552 dumbbells and a 30-day supply of Bowflex Body™ protein powder (which I already have some and have been creating smoothie recipes to share soon!).
Just what I needed to help with give this challenge my all!
Then this happened….
I was getting down with my bad self doing some skater jumps during the 21 Day Fix Cardio video. Nothing too crazy or intense, but I went to jump to my left foot when I hear a snap, crackle, and pop. I fall to the ground with a bunch of expletives coming out of my mouth.
I call Mr. B (and my mom) to say that I think I have sprained my ankle. I hobble to the kitchen, able to put weight on my foot with not much pain. I got an ice pack and by the time I got back to the living room, my ankle looked like the above. I continued to walk on it as I didn’t have any pain.
Mr. B came home and we headed to the walk-in clinic where they told me that I had broken my fibula. They gave me a lovely air cast and an appointment for the orthopedic doctor on Monday. Oh and strict instructions not to put any weight on it.
Not being able to put weight on the ankle was quite the challenge, but Mr. B was a HUGE help. And I found that getting around on crutches is MUCH more easy when you are a fit person. My right leg and arms are going to be huge! Haha.
Being confined to the couch and bedroom all weekend was a pain, but thankfully my family came over on Saturday to celebrate some birthdays. Oh and my sister and brother-in-law got a new corgi puppy, Franklin. Who doesn’t love puppy breath and snuggles?
So, it was nice to have the company and I did make it outside to enjoy a bonfire. All that activity caused me to be in pain a lot of Sunday. Mr. B was a great guy and even got up at 5:30 to get me some pain meds on Sunday morning. I spent much of the day in bed watching Mad Men and knitting.
Yesterday was the appointment with the orthopedic doctor, which I was nervous about. There was the chance that this injury could end up in surgery. Thankfully, the doctor had nothing but good news for me. He discovered that the ‘break’ was actually just a chipped fibula that could have been done when I was younger (I have injured my ankles multiple times). He took a few more x-rays to make sure that my bones weren’t separating. They weren’t, so he ordered a walking boot for two weeks and crutches for just one more week.
Not the sexiest boot I’ve owned, but I’ll take it over surgery! I’m glad that it is warmer weather out so I can wear all my dresses without worrying about having to work around the boot. And everything goes with black, right? 😉
Of course this means that my normal activity won’t be happening. This doesn’t mean that I can’t do other things though! I still have arms and abs that function!
This is where those Bowflex SelectTech® 552 dumbbells will come in handy! I also have the book Smart Girls Do Dumbbells which will be a great resource for strength exercises. And there is the 10 Minute Fix for Abs from the 21 Day Fix that I can do as well.
It’s not about being bummed about the things I cannot do, but finding the things that I can do. Any suggestions? I do know that I will be more than ready to get back to my daily walks! But healthy healing is more important that racking up the steps on my FitBit!
Will you be taking part in the Bowflex Summer Strong challenge? Click that link to head to their website, you can even win your own pair of SelectTech dumbbells!
Have you injured your ankle before, any tips? (I did discover that a plastic lawn chair makes showering MUCH more easy)