08 September 2009

Back in the Exercise Saddle

photo of Koko on a ledge in the kitchenAfter more than a month of not doing my usual exercise routine, last week was my first full week back exercising. You see, I had taken a little "me time" and built a two-tier forty-foot retaining wall. So, after that wonderful vacation, I strapped-on my Total Gym and began anew. Yes, it was almost like starting all over again. Even though I was very active and using my muscles while building the wall, I was not using the same muscles in the way I normally do while exercising (Do you think I can make this sentence any longer or more confusing?).

After the first day back, I was extremely sore, but it felt good (if that makes any sense). The next day, I worked a totally different set of muscles: legs, stomach, and back. Without giving you a boring play-by-play, I will skip forward and let you know that by today, I was basically back to where I left off. Yes, it will take another day or two to get all the way back, but I am getting closer. Although I can't say that I missed not exercising, I do have to say that even though I ache all over, I feel great.

Now, if you need to skip your normal exercise routine for an extended period of time, when you start back up, you might want start a little bit slower than you normally would. Since your body is no longer used to your routine, it will take a little time for it to catch-up. So, if you find yourself not being able to run as far or lift as much weight as you used to, don't be discouraged, because you will soon be running and lifting at your old levels.


  1. I haven't worked out in two weeks! I plan on getting back today!!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  2. I should be exercising but I just can't get myself to do it. I think I need a drill sargent standing over me to get me motivated :)

  3. Great job on getting back on track after slacking off by building a little ol' retaining wall! Geesh!

  4. Furkidsmom: Good going! By the way, you work at a gym, don't you :)

    Ann: I am very good at coming-up with excuses, but a drill sergeant would be a good motivator ;)

    Beadedtail: Yeah, I know, I'm a slacker :)

  5. I love this pep talk!! I need a drill sergeant too...but I guess I need to just get to it and...enjoy the pain!

  6. WillOaks Studio: Thanks! The drill sergeant is fine as long as I don't have to wake up at 4:00 AM.

  7. Yeah I am getting on the plumpy side of life..I need to get off my proverbial and fly around like you do lol. Great pic.

  8. yanjiaren: Good luck and fly high:)
    Thanks, that's our cat Koko.


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