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I CAN strength train and survive!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Believe me, this was a revelation.

That darn strength training kept popping up in my Fitness Tracker three times a week, and I kept managing to ignore it. After all, cardio is what's important, right? And it didn't hurt that cardio was much easier for me....

I read a Message Board post by WINDSONG21 that talked about her strength training goals and how she was struggling in staying motivated. Hmm....someone else who knew what she SHOULD do and was still having trouble...? My kind of person! We agreed to hold each other accountable on our strength training days for her challenging goals and my very modest ones.

Three days in I still wasn't sure this was going to work. For one thing, my legs were so sore from lunges I could barely walk upstairs, where I do my strength training. WINDSONG21 gave me the latitude to postpone strength training while gently suggesting another session might loosen those sore muscles.

So here I am at the end of week one of strength training. With the encouragement of WINDSONG21 and PEACH621 I actually completed THREE DAYS (rather than my goal of two days) of strength training. My legs still feel it, but are SO much better than earlier this week.

Through the encouragement of SparkFriends I was able to hold on through the sore muscle stage and reach the other side. Who knows - maybe next week I'll be able to do MORE of the exercises on the strength training video!!!

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    That is definitely the spirit! The motivation always seems to be the hardest to come by, but the muscle soreness and stiffness will get easier and easier each time you strength train and you'll be able to do more and more! I'm very proud of you for being able to push yourself this week and do so fabulously well! And thank you so much for helping me with my own motivation issues this week! I hope your weekend is fantastic!! emoticon
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