Hurts So Good

My body is rebelling but in a good way. About two weeks ago I got the crazy idea that I wanted to start exercising again and get back in shape.

I will readily admit that it’s probably been about a year since I followed any sort of exercise regimen. It’s not like I’ve been sitting around on my bum for the past 12 months not doing any physical activity. My old apartment featured an almost 2-mile roundtrip hike [that ended up being more like an Olympic speed walking event] to the metro each day for work, followed by a nice walk with the little fur ball. After a full day at work, that was more than enough physical activity for me. Every few months, though, I’d toy with the idea of starting to work out again, but after one or two sessions I’d fall off the wagon again, lacking motivation.

I don’t know that my motivation has changed, but my expectations have. I always went into an exercise routine planning to work out for at least an hour a day 5 days a week. Totally unrealistic for my current life state. This time though, I’m toning down my expectations to just 30 minutes (or more) 3 times a week. And it’s working! I’m almost 2 weeks in and I’ve successfully worked out 5 of the 6 days I’ve committed to…there are still 3 days left this week so I should be able to stay on track.

So now that I’ve been hitting the gym [so to speak…I haven’t actually set foot in a gym yet] my body is rebelling. Muscles I didn’t know…or at least forgot…I had are aching and I’m starting to sound like an old lady when I stand up and sit down. But it’s a good thing….and I’ve got a massage scheduled for my day off tomorrow which is a very good thing 🙂

We’ll see how long it lasts, but for now I’m actually enjoying working out again. Stay tuned for future successes and failures.