Mindset of Injured Athlete

The Mindset of an Injured Athlete

By Golda Smith

I still chuckle when I refer to myself as an athlete but I AM an athlete and if I had any doubts, they were erased when my coach sent this to me during one of my weekly check-ins:


Definition of ATHLETE: a person who is trained in or good at games and exercises that require physical skill, endurance, and strength.

…yes, I AM an athlete! I love to lift, I love my yoga practice, I love to run, I love the burn and I love the results. Earlier this year I made the decision to have a painful bunion removed on my left foot. What I wasn’t ready for was the recovery process, yet…I made it! I knew that I would need to have the other foot done so a few weeks before Thanksgiving that’s exactly what I did. Here’s the thing…I forgot how uncomfortable and sometimes bloody painful the recovery was. This athlete who was used to lifting five sometimes six days a week, doing a HIIT workout three times per week and yoga 6 days a week would now have to just sit and do none of that for at least a month. I’d need to stay off my leg as much as possible and have my foot elevated whenever I could. Forget about wearing a shoe for at least two months maybe three depending on the swelling. I haven’t even mentioned that a recent MRI showed that I have tears in both of my rotator cuffs, which explains why I haven’t been able to properly or comfortably come into wheel pose. Talk about a buzz kill!

The average woman would be freaking out at the thought of falling off the fitness wagon and gaining weight. Not me. You see, I choose to focus on two things I can control. Can you guess what those two things are?

My mindset and nutrition!

I’m fortunate enough to have been coached by some of the best people in mental wellness, nutrition and fitness and have read enough books, including the greatest success book written (the Bible) to know that mindset is everything! What I say to myself about myself is more important than anything anyone has to say about me or to me. Being laid up has given me ample time to put some things in order. First off, I have gotten back into the habit of doing my morning visualization and mediation.

I visualize myself in a strong and pain-free body able to do things that I’ve never been able to do. With regards to my physical health, my focus is on increasing my flexibility and strength through yoga. When I am able to start doing deadlifts and other lower body work then I will. Being able to visualize the outcome before you see it is the truest meaning of faith and strength.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –Hebrews 11:1

The second big focus is my nutrition. I LOVE to eat…I mean I really love to eat good food! That’s part of the reason why I train so intense. I want to be able to enjoy my pizza, sushi and nightly desert. Yes, I did say nightly. Now that I can’t do any cardio or lift it is imperative that I watch what I’m eating. Things are different now that I’m in my 40’s and I have no desire to undo all the great work I’ve done over the last few years of my focused intentional transformation (F.I.T.). No pizza formed against me shall prosper, LOL! I’m so thankful I have the discipline to continue my weekly meal planning and prepping of course with the help from my children.

As Lysa TerKeurst stated in her book Made to Crave, “God has given me power over my food choices. I am supposed to consume food. Food isn’t supposed to consume me.”

Here is an example of what this mid-forties mom eats to maintain visible abs while not doing any cardio or strength training besides yoga:

  • Meal 1: Isalean shake with ¼ cup blueberries
  • Meal 2: Isalean shake with PBfit
  • Meal 3: Tuna with avocado on a sprouted taco with sprouts, tomato and lettuce
  • Meal 4: Baked sesame chicken with a green salad and pickled carrots and ginger (fermented food is great for the gut)
  • Meal 5: IsaPro with cacao powder, toasted walnut oil and non-dairy milk (mixed into a nice gooey paste)

…and although I wasn’t breaking a sweat, I still drank my gallon of water daily.

I won’t lie, everyday isn’t perfect and I don’t always wake up spitting sparkles and rainbows but I am 100% responsibility for my thoughts and what I choose to put into my mouth. I also know that things could be worse but they are not and I’m thankful for that. What I hope you understand from my experience is that mindset is the key to your success or failure in anything you do. With regards to your health, it is most definitely a key factor. Your nutrition is the key to releasing and or maintaining your weight and that doesn’t matter if you are in perfect physical shape or recovering from surgery like I am.

A young lady contacted me not to long ago. She desperately wanted to release 30 lbs., was under a lot of stress and just wants to be healthy. After we talked, she made a decision and said YES to our nutritional program. Almost 30 days into the program, this is her testimony.

 “Before Isagenix I was the heaviest I have ever been at 5’1” and 162lbs. I was uncomfortable in my skin and refused to purchase another size up in pants! I was also sluggish, depressed, and down on myself. I stopped working out and couldn’t find the motivation to get back at it. I was drinking coffee (and wine) daily for energy and taking ibuprofen daily for head aches and body aches.

Since starting Isagenix I’m getting compliments left and right. I’m told my face looks slimmer and I’m noticeably thinner. More important, I’ve stopped eating in bed at night, I know what it means to be full, I’m back at the gym and my body aches and pains are dissipating.  I’m on the path to a healthy me.” -Danielle Trezek
Do you ever feel like Danielle? If you do, you don’t have to! You deserve to feel vibrant, alive and comfortable in your skin. It’s not about looking cute in a swimsuit or hitting a number on the scale. It is about finally feeling free! Free from counting calories. Free from guessing about what to eat. Free from the guilt associated with food because you are more than a number. If you are ready to be FREE, then comment below.


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