At this time last year, I had been bound to a wheelchair for almost two months after finding out I broke my hip and awaited surgery. In hindsight, I wish I would have shared that part of my life here on the blog because it was truly a huge part of it. Long story short, in September of 2016 I went on vacation with my husband to celebrate his birthday. We did a ton of walking which I was usually up for. A few days in, I kept having to stop and sit down. I then spent the latter half of our time off in the hotel room watching tv because my hip hurt so bad. Well I am not sure exactly how it happened because I did not have a fall or an incident, but an MRI showed an internal crack in the ball of my hip that was starting to spread down my femur. Pain does not even begin to describe this intense feeling and as I sat day after day having my husband help me with the most menial of tasks, I began to think, like think A LOT.
Today I want to share with you what I learned about myself from breaking my hip along with sharing Vivacity Sportwear that is helping me feel really cute during stretching exercises and walking.
Movies, video games, books, magazines, and my regular television shows all started to get boring and I found myself digging deep inside of myself like I had never done before. Looming emotions that had amassed over the years started to raise up. Prior to this injury I had begun an internal transformation that was spurred on my 40th birthday and I had made many changes already. That time by myself forced me to deal with some tough situations that had been lingering for years.
Lesson 1: Form Follows Function
I learned that I need to take my interior design principle of “Form Follows Function” and apply it to my body. Being more accepting about how my body looks had been an uphill battle. When I was no longer able to walk, that was all I wanted to do. My focus was on getting there again and after my surgery in January 2016, I pushed myself to do just that. I now celebrate what my body has accomplished, how strong it is, and where it is taking me in the future. Those insecurities I once had seem so insignificant now.
Lesson 2: I am Stronger Than I Realize
Being able to push myself physically has made me realize how strong I am with other things as well such as in relationships and my career.
Lesson 3: Don’t Sweat It
Letting go of things that don’t really matter have become easier because when I could not walk, I realized what was really important. In other words, I don’t sweat the small stuff.
Lesson 4: Don’t Take My Body For Granted
After feeling like I was out of control with the way my body was functioning, I was determined to take extra care of it during recovery. I naturally gained weight during my sedentary state as well as loss of muscle mass and energy. I have approached getting my body back into a good physical condition from a loving place and it has been extremely motivating. Stretching exercises and walking have become a big part of my daily routine and for being a stylist, my active wear has been much to be desired. Having cute work out gear has become an important part of my routine as well because it functional and inspiring. Viviacity Sportswear gifted me their Aria Ruched Sleeve Top to test out and review and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to do so.
This active top has a gorgeous heather turquoise color that I find so inspiring. It also comes in gray and fuchsia. When it first arrived the first thing I noticed was how extremely soft it was. It is made of a soft moss jersey fabric that feels so good up against the skin. The long sleeves have a lovely detail of ruching at the cuff. Other features that I loved were the longer length so I could feel comfortable when out walking and doing stretches and the higher neckline that stays close to the body when bending. It is a little more pricey in comparison to some of the other work out tops I have, but there is really no comparison as I can tell the quality of this is far superior. Even after a wash, it feels exactly the same as it did straight out of the package with no pilling. It is currently the only top I am reaching for when I go to exercise. The fact that they carry sportswear in sizes XS thru +XL (28-30) is also a phenomenal offering.
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Today’s Postivity Note
Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. -Rikki Rogers
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