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January 18, 2016
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Happy Monday! My week (or rather, my whole weekend) is off to a bit of an interesting start—if you follow me on Insta, you might have seen I sprained my back pretty badly on Friday. I’ve worked so hard on recovering after my last sprain in September so was initially really devastated, but am trying to take this all as something positive if you can believe it. Click through to read more!

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Photos by Jill
As someone who’s always been really active, being immobile (and dealing with something recurrent like this too and not really understanding why) is definitely frustrating. Not to mention, well…it’s crazy painful.
Having said that, even when your health has taken a bit of a toll, there are a few ways that it can actually be a bit of a blessing.
First of all, it gives you an opportunity to reassess what you’re doing and hopefully (key word being hopefully here), if you’re mindful and eager, you can learn more about your body and stop the same thing from happening again. Obviously, given that this is my second sprain in six months, I need to work with my team of pros to really figure out why this keeps happening to me because I don’t ever want to be left immobile on the ground like this again if I can help it. Whether that means something’s going on with my spine, a certain workout isn’t agreeing with me or I need to make a major postural/work change, in a weird way, this has given me a special opportunity to learn more about my unique body (specifically my back) and get stronger and better.
Getting injured like this too teaches you some major patience. I’m naturally a really impulsive, really impatient person but if I want to fully recover this time, I need to treat this as a bit more of a journey to recovery rather than just sort of getting better and hitting my old routine like normal.
Finally, when you get injured like this (as in up until yesterday, I couldn’t even stand or walk more than two steps, so I’ve been truly immobile), it teaches you a lot about humility and gratitude. When this hit me on Friday, I was downtown and on the way to spin ironically. As son as I could tell things were going south, I called off spin and walked to my office—during that 30 minute walk, my back got so bad that by the time I stumbled into the office and met Alicia, I literally collapsed on the ground. Needless to say, being the amazing friend she is she completely took care of me until Matt showed up and literally carried me to the car and then home. He’s had to cook for me all weekend, bring me everything to my station lying on the ground and not to be way too TMI but he literally had to carry me through all of my most basic to-do’s when I was at my worst and unable to hobble my way around.
In short, I learned to realize how lucky I am that when I am completely dependent and vulnerable, I have people who were there straight away and who didn’t complain once (and who also wouldn’t let me apologize for my situation).
So all in all, not all that stoked about not being able to work out for the near future and to not really be able to walk too much, but I’m choosing to see this as an opportunity to reset, to rest up (which ins’t ever a bad thing, but especially good when your body’s healing), to respect my body as I let it do its thing and more than anything, to get better and stronger than before. 
If you’ve ever dealt with something similar and come out on the other side, please tell me your tips, experience and advice in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  • Reply Sarah January 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    I suffered from a major back injury last year and it was awful. I really feel for you. Its painful and frustrating. It happened a few times last year. I finally went to the doctor and got x-rays. Turns out I had a bulged disc. I started going to physio which I found really helped. Also started swimming and working on my posture. A sore back can be depressing. I found meditating helpful. It will heal and it does get better. Heat pads are helpful and having a hot bath with epsom salts. I hope you feel better soon. You are not alone!!

    Sarah
    sarahjustinestyle.blogspot.com

  • Reply Beauty Follower January 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Nice photos, love the scarf and pants!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

  • Reply Elise Von E January 18, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    So sorry to hear about your back.
    Dealing with an injury can be grueling.

    Loving your look though!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleadnslippers.blogspot.com

  • Reply Irene Chan January 18, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Sorry to hear about your injury. I injured myself at the gym during the fall and I've found going to physio really helpful in identifying the cause and working on strengthening some of my weak spots/imbalances. Get well soon!

  • Reply Sabrina Fenster January 20, 2016 at 2:51 am

    Sorry to hear about your injury Alex…on a brighter note, Jill killed it behind that camera. Great shots!

  • Reply Sydney Fashion Hunter January 20, 2016 at 7:43 am

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  • Reply Tali Kogan January 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Sorry to hear about your injury. Dealing with an injury can be frustrating and draining. However, it's nice to hear you were able to reassess your everyday activities. Sometimes it's nice to take a deep breath and start over. Love your scarf and booties. Great look!

    Check out my blog for more fashion inspiration: http://telavivcouture.blogspot.com/

    Cheers!
    Tali

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