You’re totally right. Being in pain and having it keep you from the things you want to do, over the time frame of years has it has been for me, definitely starts to weigh negatively on your psyche. I look back on the days at jakked where I just felt so physically prepared going into a session that id walk in the gym knowing I was going to be able to push myself to my physical limits. It just seems like forever ago and it kind of gets ya down, for sure. I definitely need to be better about the way I think about my lower body lifts. Instead of “fuk hopefully nothing goes to **** today”, i need to think “another drop in the bucket & another step towards being the best lifter I can be” or something of the like.Don’t get in your own head!
Strength is a journey, and the way is winding and fraught with perils and pitfalls, dead ends and tests of will. Anyone who’s ever made it through the initial months of a 5x5 where you can no longer just add weight to the bar knows it’s not really linear.
You cannot change what you’ve done, but every day - right now - you can choose to put your best foot forward. To focus on your rehab, and prehab. To be hydrated and well-fueled. To have a plan of attack for every training session, and to be willing to modify that when life gives you lemons to make the best of what you have.
Remember to train your mind as well. Visualization, self-affirmation, realistic goal-setting all serve to directly promote progress to a greater goal. Believe in yourself!