Woof! As much as I loved taking the week off, I knew I was in for a treat getting back into the gym.
While I wasn’t completely gung-ho about my first day back to training, I felt great once I got in there. I was conflicted between going whole-hog, and taking it easy, but I couldn’t contain myself. I was glad to see my strength wasn’t affected by the break, and even set a PR.
It was a lower body day, and I don’t remember the last time my legs felt like jello before I even finished my plan for the day. I foam-rolled, but that hasn’t helped the fact that my whole body hurts today. Each hour brings more DOMS for another muscle I forgot about, but I honestly don’t mind. I’m looking forward to upper body day tonight!
I also was able to do some walking and yoga this morning. I really want to incorporate all of the things I was able to do on last week’s break, and my goal is to do ½ hour of yoga a week, attend a dance class at least 1x a month (and of course incorporate more solo-dancing into my routine), and try pilates, say once a week. Last week during Erin’s break, she swore by it, but hopefully I can get away with youtube Pilates, since I can’t really afford her expensive, but effective, personal pilates training sessions. I really like the incline walking during the morning, too, so I think I will keep that around a few times a week.
I prefer to get my weights in in the morning, but I really like a more relaxing start to the day. But…sometimes motivating myself to get to the gym in the evening is tough. I have felt a lot more comfortable in the weight room, even when it’s crowded with boys. Probably because most of the time, I know what I’m doing more than they do.
The biggest thing in all this, though, is my mindset has changed. Exercise used to be a punishment for me. Now I thoroughly enjoy it. I want to do yoga. What is that? I used to not be able to sit still (I can thank my boyfriend for introducing me to full days of nothing Sundays for that), out of a “need” to avoid getting fat. Now I exercise because I like the way it makes me feel. Not rundown, not counting down the minutes. In fact, I wish I had more time to fit in all of these things during the day. In a healthy way. I want to be more flexible, I want to be stronger, have a stronger core, better balance. I want to dance because of the way it feels, and not the calories it burns. I want to go hiking this summer so say I climbed a mountain. I want to get a bike, so that I can enjoy playing like a kid with my boyfriend. I want to push myself to take back something that once gave me joy, and I lost sight of. And I’m doing it. I no longer want to want these things, I just want them. (The Break-Up, anyone?)
There came a point when I was so uncomfortable in my own skin, I didn’t want to move my body beyond my self-imposed cardio punishment each day. Actually, I couldn’t. And I’m so glad that’s over.
Have you found time off from your workouts to be helpful and energizing? Was it hard to get back into your routine?
Do you exercise in multiple ways, or do you prefer one form of working out?
Do you enjoy working out, or do you do it for other reasons?