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my body haaaates me

Monday, May 05, 2008

...and just think, it used to be the other way around. oh wait...it still kind of is. i guess it's just more of a mutual feeling now.

so i've moved on to a new form of physical torture. i picked up a copy of the infamous slim in six two weeks ago, and i don't think my body has been happy with me since. did the first leg of the workout (start it up) for two days. the first time i popped the dvd in, i was thinking to myself the whole time, "this is supposed to be difficult? it's a cake walk!" much to my (body's) chagrin, i woke up the next morning with more muscle soreness than i've ever had--more than i've had from turbo jam, kickboxing classes, lifting weights with the tony horton series, even running. what the hell??

so i engaged in the stretching portion and did the workout for the next day. again, not a hard workout, but still SORE the next day. i moved on to the second workout (the 40ish minute ramp it up), and realized i might be sore from not drinking enough water. so i got better about doing that, and sure enough, even though i was on the longer/tougher workout, the soreness mostly went away.

fast forward two weeks, and i've been on burn it up for a couple days (the final leg). the general soreness has returned. not as intense as the first time i tried the workout, but i'm definitely experiencing something. these workouts are SO HARD to get through, and instead of my body rewarding me with weight loss, it's punishing me for making it work so hard. every time i sit down on the floor, it's just...ow...all over.

it might be worth it if i was experiencing more visible results. i can tell there's a general tightening of my body in problem areas, but no measurable loss since i started these workouts. but the soreness is a sign that something's going right...right??

exercise is supposed to make us feel better, isn't it? more energized? happier? it just makes me exhausted, sore and, at this point, just kinda discouraged.
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    Don't forget that rest is just as important a part of the process of getting in shape as the exercise part. Your muscles need time to heal. It's been a few weeks since this post - give us an update in your blog when you have a chance - we are dying to know how you are doing!
    3549 days ago
    Wow...congratulations on the hard workouts! YOU are doing GREAT!!!!

    If your muscles are sore, I would surmise it means you've torn the muscle fibers which is a good thing because it means you are building muscle and will burn more calories, even at rest.

    However, it's critical that you rest in between workouts so you don't overtax a set of muscles 2 days in a row. Then you could be doing more damage than good. The muscles need this time to rebuild.

    If you are exhausted, are you following the plan as directed? You're not working out too much, are you?

    Also, are you getting enough sleep and eating healthy food that will make you more energized? If you eat sugar and refined carbs it can make you very tired.

    You might know all this already, I just wanted to send you a note because you deserve credit for working so hard on your exercise! YOU are doing so great...I just hope you protect your body and don't overdo it, WallyCat!


    I hope you feel better soon.

    Take good care.
    3576 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2008 10:35:31 PM
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