I didn’t get hip surgery so I could sit on my ass.

Major down day for non-fitness reasons. Writing up a conversation from a while back to lighten the mood. Well, lighten my mood….and it’s my blog… 😉

Office conversation not that long ago

Colleague: “Did you have your hip replaced?”
Me: “No. Arthroscopic surgery. Had some bone shaved off and they pulled out a bunch of floating cartilage.”
C: “So you’ll recover sooner than with hip surgery?”
Me: “I actually think a new hip would be faster, but it would also be metal in my body and all that. This long recovery kinda stinks really.”
C: “Well at least you don’t have to go back to all that squatting stuff again.”
M: “Are you kidding? I can’t wait to squat again.”

Ummmmmm, what? I never “had” to squat in the first place. I love squatting, and cleaning, and thrustering…. OK, I hate all of them too, but I love them in a weird, twisted way. The love far outweighs the hate since the hate is only in the heat of the moment.

I had back surgery in 2004. My goal was to get healthy again and get back to the things that I loved to do. It worked. I had shoulder surgery in 2013. Yep, my goal was to get back to the things that I loved to do. Yep, it worked.

Surgery is a last resort, but it’s a pathway getting back to being healthy. If it’s necessary, and the outcomes are favorable, then you do it. Then you hurt like hell and do months of physical therapy. We don’t do this to then change our lives or become sedentary. We do it to fix what’s wrong and get back at it!

Just seemed so weird to me that my colleague would think I’d go through this 12 month recover process only to be 1/2 the person I used to be.

No. The goal is to be BETTER than before.

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