1 year & 5 days post ACL surgery: yay, I made it one year! And though my expectation was to be training at 💯 by this point the universe had other plans for me. Some of the post-surgery first-timers are captured in these pictures: driving, getting dressed while standing (not sitting), riding my bike, running on sand, swimming in the ocean (first time EVER), sparring with @katemcgray, taking a full kickboxing class and hiking.
More things I did:
Lots of laying on my ass, Netflix, ice, bending and straightening my knee, watching at Dynamix, crying, laughing, coloring... I spent time with some amazing people. I am so grateful. I spent lots of time alone too. Something I believe to be a gift.
I crashed my car on July 24, 2017, 10 days before my arthroscopic surgery and somehow I believe this also to be a gift. But the highlight of my year was spending a few days in Phoenix watching my teammates kick ass. 6 fighters, 14 fights, 14 wins, 6 champions, 1 awesome TEAM. Something I will forever hold dear in my heart.
I took lots of pictures of my legs in the past year. LOTS! And it takes me back to my younger days, when I didn't like my legs or wear shorts (other than soccer or Muay Thai shorts) or short dresses from about 13 years old until about 28. 15 years I was ashamed to show my legs. I felt they were too fat. I had fat knees and cellulite. It took a long time to be comfortable to wear anything that showed my knees. After this surgery and recovery I've learned to LOVE my legs. I used to feel that the world shouldn't be subject to my "ugly" legs. I was self-shaming. I feel differently now. No matter what shape my body is in I'm learning to love it and to wear my skin with pride. Some days I still struggle. But I'm on a path of learning how to love myself exactly the way I am today. I'm healthy. I'm beautiful. Im proud. I'm Crystal. #myfighttofightagain #differentkindoffightcamp