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What If….I Hadn’t Gotten Injured

What If….I Hadn’t Gotten Injured

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.

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23 Comments

  1. Carbzilla

    I’m glad you’re seeing it this way. (Of course, now I just want to go to Vegas)

    Losing my job is a blessing in disguise even though I haven’t fully been able to realize the blessing yet. I was reminded it was a blessing when a former co-worker texted me this morning to tell me she’d given notice (she’s the second to leave since April when I was fired), and what the boss had said to her. Anyway, being unemployed gave me the time to be with our ill cat before he died and shift focus onto other things. I’m so loyal that I would never have left on my own.

    I’m so glad you can seeing the blessing! I can see it from here!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Tiffany!

      You make a great point about the job thing…I’ve rarely left a job until it got so bad that I HAD to leave. I always need that extra “push” to leave and every time I have left it turned out to be a great thing…better job, more money, more experiences, etc. Sometimes bad things turn out to be good things. It’s just hard to see it at the time!

  2. Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes

    Oh man — injuries can be SO frustrating. I’m new to your blog so I didn’t know about yours. I got injured about a year ago (!) and haven’t been able to do any good running since.

    But you’re so right — I’ve gotten into core fusion, I’ve tried swimming, I went back to walking a ton, which I had stopped… there must be a reason for everything, and it all worked out in the end!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Have I asked you what your injury is? I feel like we might have chatted on twitter maybe…Sorry you are still injured too. It IS very frustrating.

      1. Bethany @Bridezilla Bakes

        You know, I don’t think we’ve talked about it yet (and I’m very behind the times re:Twitter…. not there yet!). It’s a knee tracking thing… I’ve been round and around to physical therapy but it’s just not getting better yet. I’ve kind of come to terms with it this winter and have rededicated myself to finding different work outs.

        1. Lisa Eirene

          Does it hurt? My sports med doc checked my knee tracking when I was seen for my ITB.

  3. David H.

    As I claw my way out of my injury, I am realizing more and more that injuries are the body’s way of forcing us to do something different. We can either A) whine about it and try to get sympathy on Twitter (which I see way too many people doing), or B) Do something different. I actually just hit publish on an injury talking about how injuries are also wake-up calls to not take running for granted.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      David you are so right. I whined for about a week. I cried. I was mad. Then I figured out something else I could do. Really-the lesson learned was BALANCE and moderation.

  4. Lisa @ I'm an Okie

    Sounds like this injury was a blessing. It forced you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Never anything wrong with that.

  5. Lori

    Glad you are looking at the injury in a positive light!

    I think losing one of my jobs is probably a good thing in disguise. I don’t quite see the end result yet, but I definitely like that the vibe from that place is no longer with me.

    When I got hurt last year, it was good in a way because I was able to learn that I could keep the weight off even if I couldn’t exercise. That was a good thing to learn.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a great point Lori! My number one fear was that I’d gain all my weight back. I did not!

  6. steena

    Oh, you KNOW I relate to every bit of this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you’re at peace with how it all turned out, and I’m slowly following your lead. Keep up your great attitude & I’ll try to follow!

  7. Jennifer (She's a Fit Chick)

    I am so glad you found the positive in that because too often do we dwell on the “what if’s”. My biggest awakening was realizing that it was good that I took a few years off from college. Even though I am bummed to be so much older than everyone else in my classes, and sans degrees to my friends, I feel like i gained a lot in that time off and wouldn’t be where i was today if I hadn’t done that!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      There is nothing wrong with finding yourself. I need to do that…

  8. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin

    I love this post Lisa! Training for endurance races really takes up so much physical and mental energy, leaving you with little left for other things. I think you have a great outlook on the situation, seeing it as a positive that led you to weight train and get more toned!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      And until you’ve done it you have no idea how it changes you. Then it’s hard to get clarity.

  9. Sheri

    Sorry you got injured, but our bodies just aren’t spring chickens anymore. ๐Ÿ™‚

    However, I am glad you found weight lifting! I love it, nothing like feeling the strength in my body the ability to fly through pushups and the muscles in my arms WOOWWAAA!!

  10. Jen @ Making Messes

    What a great perspective!

    I injured my toe a week before a really important race. I cried all day. Then I realized how overwhelmed I was with training and my kids and life. It was a good way for me to be still for a while. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      And sometimes we need the decision “to be still” made for us…

  11. Jenn

    I’m glad you are able to see the positive!! You have a great attitude! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Kristina @ spabettie

    I absolutely and whole heartedly believe things happen for a reason!!

    I can’t go into detail, but my family is suffering from a pretty major tragedy right now… and the positive is that it has brought our estranged sister closer to all of us again – which is amazing. <3

    I also believe positive thinking is a powerful thing – it isn't always easy, but it can be hugely beneficial to our health.

    I am so glad you are seeing the injury for the positives it brings ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sorry about your family tragedy. I hope things are going okay for you.

      I realized pretty early on in the injury that crying wasn’t going to fix anything. So why do it?

  13. Julie

    Losing some clients over the last two years was a hard blow to my pride and also to my pocketbook (or so I thought). After the initial anguish, we realized that life had just become that much better. We got along fine without the extra income, those particular clients had been horrible soul stealers and a huge pressure was released from our hearts and shoulders, we started having much more free time to enjoy life and our children ๐Ÿ™‚ and it gave the opportunity to play around with new ideas on how we want to live our lives and what work/career will mean to us in the future.

    It was a huge blessing in disguise! Huge!

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