Having an extremely snowy winter and my catching every cold and flu that was thrown my way made it nearly impossible for me and Nate to make it to the gym over the past few months. Yes, it was bad… But this week, finally clear of coughing, lung issues, and snowstorms, Nate and I started to work out again.
Let me tell you, when you haven’t done it in awhile, it’s hard to get back into the rhythm of it. I know that people always say, “You’ll feel SO great after you’ve worked out, so fight the urge not to.” Well, that awesome feeling comes after you’ve worked out for awhile. When you first start out, you feel more like fainting. And gasping for air. And lying on the ground with a towel over your face.
It’s an unusual place for me to be in, since I’ve always worked out regularly. Getting married, moving, knee problems, and then moving again really did a job on my workout schedule over the past two years though and — oftentimes — going for a run just didn’t happen. This winter didn’t help matters either. So here I am, starting at the bottom and having to work my way up again.
Now I completely understand why people just don’t do it. Why people quit. It’s hard!
And it’s difficult to accept where you’re at, because you want to be able to run so much further. I’m starting at a two-mile run; when I used to hit 5 miles without too much of a problem. At first I felt a little frustrated, but really it just matters that I’m getting out there. My heart is pumping and I’m working up a sweat. I’m doing something healthy for my body, and the added miles will come with time.
You might even want to quit because you just don’t like going to the gym. I’m focused on toning; but having been away from the gym so long, I can definitely see why it would be an intimidating place. There was this woman with tight, leapord-print pants who seemed to be following me around the gym last night. I was kind of scared.
But to those of you who want to start getting back into shape, I’m telling you that I know it is difficult. But you can do it! You can be proud of yourself every step of the way. And to those of you who have already found your work-out comfort spot, keep it up! 🙂
Well, I’m off to eat a very large bowl of cereal for breakfast. This working out is giving me the appetite of a teenager, and I’ve got to eat something healthy before I consume absolutely everything in my kitchen.
As always, I have to ask… Any fun plans for the weekend??? 🙂