“But I’m an Athlete!” Say what?!

DSC00196-001 Those were the exact words that flew out of my mouth at my physical therapist when he patted me on the shoulder and basically said, “Good enough” with my recovery progress from my Left shoulder injury. I had dislocated my shoulder from a fall back in January and like a compliant gal followed through with physical therapy to improve my arm’s range of motion and strength. So here’s the clincher, as soon as you are good at and able to do your ADL’s (activities of daily living) out the door you go. And that’s it.

Not good enough for me!
When I shouted those words to him, they hit him (and bounced right off) but most importantly they hit me. I had never considered myself an athlete along with all the other things I call myself- wife, mother, nurse, blogger, coach. At that moment my attitude changed, I finally saw myself as an athlete. I wanted more from my recovery, not only to be able to blow dry my hair, but to be able to back squat, shoulder press, snatch, over head squat, perform pull ups, climb a rope, and flip that bloody tire again.  The therapist told me there were certainly other things I could do in life to improve my strength. Them’s fightin’ words right there.

I AM an Athlete and here’s why…
1. I love fitness and helping others achieve and improve their fitness goals.
2. I am a Level 1 CrossFit Trainer and coach at CFTC.
3. I am a nurse who values a life of wellness and good health.
4. I get paid for being an athlete/coach.
5. It is expected of me to stay fit and set the example for the other athletes I train.
6. I can perform (a little altered now) and teach Olympic Lifts, Kettlebells, and other movements we perform at the gym.
7.  I help other athletes set fitness goals, modify their workouts, and answer their questions about nutrition and current trends in the fitness world.
8. Heck, BRK has even changed over the last few years to include healthy recipes, and even a new About Page to reflect my big change in lifestyle.
9. I have more lululemon tops than I do dresses.
10. My muscles are sore every day of the week!

With that simple change in attitude I have been able to cope with, and push myself through this injury.

Then a few weeks ago I saw another key phrase that changed my perspective.  “When are you going to turn pro?” It was a comment made in regards to the book “Turning Pro” by Steven Pressfield. This other CrossFitter was struggling with the same thought. The concept then changed his attitude too.   Time to put my big girl panties on and see myself as a professional athlete and not just an amateur athlete.  Again, a slight tweak in attitude.

When you finally define who you are, you can take so much of what you do more seriously. And when you do, others will too.

Read my article: “How to Cope with an Injury”


  1. Cara
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM | Permalink

    You go girl! And I love #s 9 and 10 🙂

  2. dryden
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    Maybe your arm will get better soon.

  3. Posted May 2, 2013 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

    This is just the post I needed to get my exercise mojo back! Thanks Robin Sue!

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