Good day masters!
I am a newbie in this forum but have been a lurker for a few months now, both here and at TPC.
I was into weight lifting a few years back (2006 to 2008) to lose weight while at the same time to build strength and get lean. I "somehow" got good at it and dropped weight from ~230lbs (~34 %BF) to ~170lbs (~13% BF) in a span of 6 months.
I unfortunately injured my right shoulder while doing my bench press which caused me to stop and gained fat once again, my weight went back up to 220lbs with 32% BF.
I started lifting weights again end of last year (2012). when we lost our 9-month old daughter, to take a break from life's stresses. I could not keep up and maintain consistent training schedules however due to a hectic work schedule and once again, injured my upper back so bad while doing barbell rows. 6 sessions of physical therapy did not help and it gets worse by day, as the pain radiated to my traps, bicep/tricep and down to my forearm, that I could hardly lift a 10lbs dumbell using my right arm.
So once again, I took a rest for a few months.
I am testing my arm's strength from time to time to see if it is well and good again, but although the pain disappeared, i could still feel it whenever i lift a measly 10lbs dumbell.
While looking at my photos one day when i first got addicted to working out and compared it with my current state, It just came to me: "What the hell! pain is just a state of mind!".
So with that thought, I braved our gym and started doing my usual routine.. little by little.. as days and weeks pass, I could feel that my arm is healing itself and is gaining its old strength, as if a new muscle was born and overpowered the old. I can honestly say that it really did not heal, as I could still feel the pain whenever I poke at the affected area, but seems I have tricked my mind into ignoring it.
I am back to working out for more or less 7 months now and decided to sign up here in PBB to gain new friends, learn, share, and hopefully join the GWO's of the masters here.
That's all for now. Thanks for having me here!