Completed my second workout at the new gym today to great success. *pats self on back* Within five minutes of arriving, I was approached by a
chatty helpful gentleman member, who offered to answer any questions I might have. He apparently is the resident cheerleader, as I saw him speaking to pretty much everyone there at some point. That’s a nice departure from the old gym, where I felt like the lonely little gym bunny.
I’m somewhat surprised that I’m able to use the same weights that I used when I last worked out at the gym. Apparently, my random at-home workouts and functional exercise served me well. (That’s nice to know for those times when my to-do list trumps the gym.) I haven’t pushed too hard so far, limiting my strength training to 30 minutes. If I don’t notice any significant aftereffect tomorrow, I’ll add the other 15 minutes in and be back to where I was. Yaaay!
One thing I did let slide a little too much this week was the post-workout stretching. Lesson learned. I’m okay with muscles that protest a little the day after a workout, but they shouldn’t actually hurt. Not if I’m using proper form and stretching adequately.
Tomorrow is supposed to be a gorgeous day, and I’ll do either a long walk or a bike ride. Or maybe both.
But that’s tomorrow. Right now, it’s time for dinner (tuna salad and tomatoes and celery and salsa–oh my!, followed by a yogurt/chocolate granola sundae)! But before I go, let me declutter the starred items of interest from my reader:
How to Get Back into Your Routine after a Break, from DLM. While I didn’t take a full break from exercise, I did break the routine I’d used for a year-and-a-half. This pretty much summarizes my approach to re-establishing my schedule.
A brilliant rant on plus-sized shopping at Wisebread this week. I’m keeping it starred as a reminder that I do not EVER want to deal with plus-size shopping again!
Rebecca Critchfield explained why Diet Cycling Leads to Overeating, Anxiety and Withdrawal and got a big Amen! from me. Seriously, it took me my whole adult life to figure this out. Where was Rebecca 20 years ago? She could’ve saved me a lot of turmoil.
You know what? It’s Spring! (Or Autumn!, depending on your hemisphere) and you should be outdoors, not indoors reading blog articles. No matter how good said articles might be. So be gone! Get out and move, or just soak up some Vitamin D and be still. Whatevery you need.