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The hardest part about starting over...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 realizing how out of shape you've really become.

When I stopped working out on a daily basis back in December 2011/January 2012, I was in pretty good shape. Not about to run a marathon or anything, but I was getting stronger and had muscle tone, and felt good about the progress I was making fitness-wise as someone who HATES working out. I was exercising 30-60 a day and had built up to that over 5-6 months.

Cut to a year and a half later. Eeesh.

For some reason, I thought I would be able to just jump right back in to the 30-45 minute high intensity workouts that I had been doing before. I figured that I had still been walking 1.5-5 miles a day in the time since I quit working out regularly so my fitness level shouldn't be TOO different, right? So wrong.

I got through 12 minutes of a 30 minute HIIT workout before quitting because I don't want to die in work out clothes. It hit me that duh--I have to basically start over and build up the muscles I had lost. So I did a 15 minute strengthing/toning yoga routine instead. It was hard and it hurt and I had to modify for some of the positions because I have about 0% upper body strength but I did it all. And I was proud of myself. Because it might just be a short yoga work out but I finished it.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    It's going to be okay. Starting over SUCKS (as we've both realized), but it's worth it. Hopefully, what we'll take away from this is that quitting for a year and a half and then trying to start over really sucks, and we don't want to do it again, so we'll keep up a routine? Maybe? :-)

I'm here for you--and I'm so glad you're here for me!!

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JOEYSGIRL71 6/4/2013 9:58AM

    I'm dealing with the same thing.
Baby steps.


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