03 December 2008

No Pain, No Gain

photo of Koko's scratches on the couchDue to the craziness of the Thanksgiving week, I had to refrain from doing my regular exercises. Instead, I spent my time cleaning from the tops of the cabinets to the floor under the oven. I even spent some time vacuuming the dust from the air intake under the refrigerator. Needless to say, I had little time to workout.

So on Monday, after missing almost a week, I began the ominous task of beginning anew. (I really like the way that sounds...beginning anew). Anyway, I began my workout and right away it felt as if I had been gone for a month, rather than only a few days; it was harder to do the same number of repetitions and sets that I usually did. It was harder, but I labored on and completed my torture. On Tuesday, stiff and sore, I worked a different set of muscles, with the same result...stiff and sore.

Nevertheless, I mounted my Total Gym and worked through the initial pain and continued my workout. When it comes to exercising, I am a believer in the adage, "no pain, no gain." But I feel that I should define what I mean by "pain". The pain I am referring to is the general soreness and aches you get when you work a muscle; as opposed to the sharp pain you may feel when you actually hurt a muscle. Believe me, I can tell the difference. When I first began to exercise my legs, I went a little overboard and actually felt sharp, stabbing pain in my thigh muscles. Even I knew what I had done and I let those muscles completely heal, before I resumed exercising them (at a reduced level).

By next week, I should be back at my former level. This means that I need to be looking at either increasing my workouts or finding a new series of exercises to perform. Since I am not a movie star with access to a personal trainer, I will most likely start experimenting and find out what works the best.

Yes, that is Koko surveying his handiwork on our sofa.


  1. Mom says that she's trying to get back in shape....we don't understand that since we're ALWAYS in shape!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  2. don't worry...while you were cleaning the stove, vacuuming and all that, you were getting in a good one! Many calories burned cleaning and doing household chores. I posted the breakdown of the different chores some months ago, if you'd like to check it out:

    Good luck with the workouts! :)

  3. Koko is such a talented artist! Speaking of which... I need to workout too! Maybe you just need to do better stretching or cardiovascular exercises before working out. Well, take care working out!

  4. Gandalf and Grayson: Yes, he works out every day. It's stored just in front of his cat tree, so he uses it to jump down onto the floor:)

    Furkidsmom: You need to come and become Koko's personal trainer, because he is on a diet too:)

    The Fitness Diva: Thanks for that, I was feeling guilty about not working out. I checked your site and I want to thank you for the information:)

    Waffle: I have been very lax with regards to stretching, so I know I need to start doing that again.

    Karen Zemek, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry": Thank you, I'll pass that along to him:-)

    Mandy Harvey: Yeah, we had a discussion about his scratching.

  5. Oh yeah, I forgot we're supposed to begin anew after Thanksgiving! I better get to working out! By the way, Koko's claws are in great shape - and he's so cute!

  6. BeadedTail: I know, I need to lose the weight I gained at Thanksgiving, so I won't feel guilty about gaining it at Christmas. Koko's claws get a great workout:)

  7. Lux: Yes, he is very happy with himself. I like your new profile picture:)

  8. Gandalf and Grayson25 December, 2010 15:38

    Koko, you've been working out on your Total Gym, too, eh?

    Edited to remove dead link. Comment originally published on...

    04 December, 2008 03:17


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