Happy August, friends! I’m excited to share an update today about my powerlifting. It’s an update that feels so long coming (and that at times I was afraid never would). Today marks six months since my last depo shot and for the first time my back feels almost back to the way it did before I ever got my first injection. I think I’m almost ready to start lifting again!
A little background
Last May I got my first depo injection. Depo is a form of birth control that is administered as an injection every 12 weeks. Shortly after my first injection, I developed chronic back pain. At first I thought I was sore from power lifting, then I was afraid I was injured. After months of physical therapy with little to no improvement (along with seeing a chiropractor, having x-rays, taking off time from lifting, and lots of stretching), I didn’t know where to turn next.
Some work research on different types of birth control led me to a study that discussed low back pain as a side effect of depo. It wasn’t something I had ever considered, but the moment I read it a light bulb went off. At this point it was February and I had just received that cycle’s depo injection. I decided it would be my last, so I never went in for my May injection.
After stopping depo I still had side effects (they can last up to 12 months after the last injection). While my back pain didn’t resolve immediately, I have noticed a marked difference in how I’m feeling day to day.
Last night, while at a friend’s house for dinner, we were discussing my history with powerlifting and the back pain that sidetracked my progress. Talking about powerlifting felt, for the first time in a long time, like something I might actually be able to pursue again.
Moving forward with powerlifting
I know that if I am to be successful with lifting, I need to take my time and pace myself as I get back. I was so excited last night after the conversation I wanted to go deadlift something right away. Instead, I made a plan.
For the next four weeks, my goal is to regain cardio conditioning and flexibility. I realize it will take longer than that to get where I was, but it’s a start. Starting in September, I will start reintegrating basic weight training. The goal for September is to incorporate all three powerlifting movements (squat, bench press, deadlift) in their most basic forms. Once I have successfully regained my range of movement for all three lifts, October will mark the return to powerlifting. Slowly but surely.
I am a powerlifter
A few weeks ago, Joe introduced me as someone who “used to be a weightlifter.” He didn’t mean anything negative by it, but it made me sad. Powerlifting is part of my identity now. Even though I haven’t done it in earnest in months, it’s part of who I am. After so much uncertainty, I am thrilled to see progress.
I didn’t realize how down I was about not lifting until the prospect of lifting again was in front of me. I’ve missed it so much. I haven’t felt like myself without it. I am a powerlifter and I will lift again. Not today, not tomorrow, but soon.
I have a plan and I’m ready to make it happen.