Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Whew! I put in four hours today, and wow, am I beat! The tops of my thighs hurt from all the stairs. My upper back hurts from all the sweeping (and just because there's a muscle in there that always hurts with exertion...I should probably address that soon...). Not to mention my right arm. My pelvis aches, too, but it's an extra good kind of ache - instead of "ow! Stop using me, I'm messed up!" pain, it says, "You used me!" My whole body is saying it, and with the exception of the plantar fascia in my right foot, it's all a good, used feeling. I LOVE the feeling of a body well used. I used to do the work I did today, doubled, at about ten times the pace on a slow day three times a week. Then I'd do two shifts at five times that level. Afterward, I'd go home and dance out the complaints from the muscles. It was an awesome stretch after an awesome work out.
I remember the first few days being really tough, though, even with 100 fewer pounds on me, so I'm reserving judgment on my aches until my second week. Still, it was three and a half hours of constant movement with about half an hour of short movements and being on my feet. Or maybe an hour. Regardless, lots o' exercise! When I worked at the bookstore back in 2007 (always moving, bending, crouching, lifting), I lost about 22 pounds in four months. That was without changing my eating habits beyond what the job required, and without extra exercise. I'd like to lose more than five pounds a month this time, but I'll be happy with that. :)
Until my body gets used to the new job (regardless of the fact that I automatically push myself to the comfortable limit as my muscles improve), I'm going to record my time on SP. Probably the first month, I think. Maybe three weeks. After that, I'll stop counting it and only add my extra work. Otherwise, I'll feel like I'm cheating. ;)