The end of an era…maybe…

Today I sold my squat rack and weight bench with all of my free weights. This workout equipment has been with me longer than my kids have been alive. I’m kinda depressed about it.

Why did I sell it?

For about a year now I’ve been fighting with an elbow injury that won’t seem to go away. This is something new to me, as I’ve always been able to overcome the minor injuries I’ve had over the years. Now to be fair, I haven’t been the greatest patient in the world either.

One of the things I cannot do because of my elbow is lift weights. It hurts when I curl, press, and even holding the bar to squat or deadlift. This has all but ended my weightlifting for the past year and the foreseeable future.

Why is this a big deal?

Weightlifting is something in fell in love with in college. It’s been a great challenge, a lot of fun, very fulfilling, a stress reliever, and a self esteem booster for me.

One thing Ive learned the hard way, and scripture tells us, is to not be in love with the things of this world.

Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.
1 John 2:15

Things of this world are temporary and will fade away…or be taken away.

That being said, I don’t believe my love of lifting was a love fully of this world. I do believe that God has placed in me a love and enjoyment of physical activity.

Take delight in the Lord , and He will give you your heart’s desires.
Psalms 37:4

Lifting for me was a time of prayer, thankfulness, and self reflection.

Now that I am unable to continue it, I feel like part of me has been taken away. Even though I haven’t lifted in a year, getting rid of my equipment makes it feel final.

I do believe I will find another fitness venture to pursue now, hopefully one that will be equally chalenging and fulfilling. I believe God still has more in store for me in the physical fitness realm, it just may not be in lifting.

I will enjoy the extra space in my garage, and maybe will find a new hobby to fill up the space.

I will put to use the money I got from selling it to paint and redecorate my son’s bedroom.

Perhaps all of this will help fill the void I feel today from selling part of me.

I will admit that this injury has won several battles, however I have not surrendered the war just yet. Lets see how my elbow feels in 1-2 years more time after completing more therapy and treatment. The weightlifting Andy of old may yet return…

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