I was pretty sore for days after Saturday’s workout. I hadn’t really lifted weights or done a full-body workout in about a month. Because of not having a gym at the time and the pouring rain, I was relegated to doing my old full-body workout at home. The problem? I always assume that my abilities haven’t changed.
As I was bemoaning being sore on Sunday night Michael told me it was my own fault. He reminded me that I hadn’t lifted weights in a month and that going hard-core as if I hadn’t taken a month off was going to cause me problems. Duh. So I was pretty sore and feeling kind of crappy. I had a little flare up of my Costochondritis this week which made me feel worse. I need to remind myself to take it easy when returning to a workout program after a break. I kept that in mind on Wednesday.
I let out a big sigh of relief for the sake of returning to my normal routine. On Wednesday after work I went to the gym. Gym! YAY! A place of my own. A place I can go to continue my success.
I went to a new gym that I now have access to. It was kind of exciting to go somewhere new yet familiar. It started off on the right foot when I got parking spot right in front and the place wasn’t crowded when I got there.
I ran on the treadmill for 3.51 miles. I felt pretty good, even though both knees had been pretty achy all day. I went to the weight section of the gym and the machines were a lot different than my normal gym.
I did about a 30 minute weight routine, taking it easy because I learned my lesson from Saturday. I didn’t push myself harder than I usually do.
The unfamiliar machines were weird at first and then I enjoyed them. I finished up with some free-weight work (very light) and then did lots of stretching.
It felt great to be back at the gym! I’m looking forward to easing back into weight lifting. I hope that I can start seeing some changes again. Maybe a month off was a good thing to jump-start those changes.
Calories Burned: 560
I was famished! I haven’t been that hungry in a long time. Michael and I made Mexican salads with chicken for dinner.
Lettuce, tomatoes from the garden, my green pepper, a little bit of shredded cheese, red onions, cilantro and broccoli. I have to admit–I’ve become a total veggie snob. After being spoiled all summer long with yummy stuff from my garden, eating lettuce from a grocery store is gross. The head of lettuce we had was wilted and kinda slimy after I washed it. Boo. I miss my lettuce.
Michael made guacamole. I added a spoonful of sour cream to it to make it a little creamier. I also added some cilantro, chopped red onion, chopping jalapenos and some tomatoes. It was tasty but I think the tomatoes made the guacamole sweet.
The dinner is good because of all the flavors meshing well together. It’s simple but good and the chicken thighs are great (and much cheaper than chicken breasts).
With Fall approaching I’ve been stockpiling recipes that sounds good. I don’t know why but I’d much rather try new recipes and cooking challenging things in the winter time. Maybe I’m just too busy in the summer.
QUESTION: Do you ease back into things or go hard-core (and regret it later)?
Your want to indulge in culinary exploration far more during the winter months makes sense to me! Not only are we seeing radically different vegetable offerings during the fall and winter months, but the insides of our homes are not so warm that the only dinner that seems inviting is one that does not add additional temperature to our home. I have found, personally, that I am prone to want to eat “out” much more during the summer months and leading into early fall – perhaps for the same reason?
Again, thank you for posting. You inspire me greatly and there are many more times that I need it than I ever share. Glad to see you back at the gym!
Thank you Meredith!
It just feels so warm inside and it’s nice to be working in the kitchen when the leaves are falling outside. I’m the same way, I eat out a lot more during the summer time.
Glad I can inspire you. 🙂
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You look good, girlie! That geometric workout tank is fun.
I’m trying really hard to ease back into working out, especially since I’m dealing with an injury that hasn’t gone away 🙁
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Oh no!! It isn’t a running injury, is it?? I hope you feel better soon.
I went out on a limb with that workout shirt (I got it on sale at JCPenney’s). It is definitely not my “norm.” Patterns and things that bring attention to me were never something I’d buy (but then that was because I didn’t want to bring attention to myself at 250 pounds).
It’s funny that you wrote about the Nancy Upton stuff. I wrote a post about that and planned on posting it next week but I think I need a break from controversy for awhile. 🙂
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I’ve tried some new recipes from a Mayo Clinic cookbook I picked up at a yard sale. Some have been good, some – not so much!
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I kinda like the trial and error of recipe trying. I like making something and trying out how to make it better.
I have had Costochondritis since pregnant with my 2nd daughter in 1988. I was 300 pounds then and thought I was having a heart attack. Mostly it does not bother me but when I exercise and incorporate exercises that jars my chest more than others I feel it start. I hate that feeling.
Yesterday I ran/walked 5.25 miles and today I ran/walked 3.35 miles. I am feeling shin pain tonight. Do you have a particular warm-up or stretch exercise that you do to get your shins acclimated to running/walking?
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Jane- how did you get rid of the chest issue? My doctor just tells me to take advil & use a heating pad. Which Iis what I’ve been doing all week! Ouch!
As for shin splints–try getting fitted for shoes at a running store. It’s usually free. I find that I have weird aches when my shoes are starting to go bad.
Or maybe you are stepping too hard?
It takes awhile. You have to (groan) be patient with it. When I sleep on my side I have to place a pillow between my arms so my position does not put pressure on the affected areas. Picture yourself with your arms bending at the elbow, hands up and elbows and wrists touching in front of you. That position, while laying in bed is terrible for C-C. I use that position in my weight work out program (while standing) and I have to be very careful of my chest when doing it. I have never been able to move to the 15 lb weights for that position w/o causing a flair up.
Thank you about the shoes. YES, it is time to get new ones and you just confirmed it for me. Thank you.
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And patience is not something I excel at. 🙂
As for the shoes….are you taking NSAIDs? Last year with my injury my doc prescribed me NSAIDs and I took them for about 10 days and realized I was having a reaction to them. My skin hurt, all of my limbs swelled and it hurt to take a single step. It felt like every time I walked I had shin splints. It was awful.
No NSAIDs for me. Had that same reaction to them 2 years ago when I took them for my damaged knee.. I do better with heat wraps, hot showers, and massages. A glass of wine works sometimes, too. 🙂
PS – Thanks for the shoe suggestion. I have a link to you on my post today. 🙂
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I had no idea what was going on. I thought my entire body was falling apart. Then I realized it was the meds. Yuck! I will never take them again.
I checked out your post. That’s so great! Glad you are getting some new shoes. I hope it solves your problem.
It’s true, when I haven’t lifted weights in a while I still start with the heaviest. But I soon relaize I can’t lift them and have to go back to my starting point about 2 kgs lighter.
The other day I was working out so hard I nearly sprained my knee. I had to stop everything and just calm down. Injuring myself is not going to help.
Thanks for the reminder Lisa, next time I won’t over exert my muscles and cause bad pain istead of good soreness.
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Ouch! I’m sorry you sprained your knee. I didn’t even know that was possible.
I tried to go light on the weights the other day but when they were too easy I increased them when I shouldn’t have. Lesson learned!
I go FULL FULL TILT.
the regret part? Only rarely 🙂
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Ha! You are hard core!
I generally just go hard and regret it the next day. I never regret it for longer than a day but I regret not going hard for much longer!!
YES! I regret not pushing myself or half-assing it much more than when I’m sore.