Posts Tagged ‘gym’

Backlash

I hit two of my very big goals last week on this fat to fit journey. I hit the 50-pound mark, a full month before my 50th birthday, and I completed my first duathlon (my wonderful triathlete brother says I can still consider myself a TRIathlete since it was supposed to be a triathlon and they took away my strongest leg (the swimming!).

On Saturday, I was exhilarated pretty much all day. I had to keep pinching myself–I could actually stop worrying about the race because it was done and I finished it. All of the things I worried about didn’t happen and  I made it. All of the hard work that went into it got me across the finish line. And I learned a lot about how to train for the next one too. Big lessons… like running on a treadmill isn’t even close to running on the road from an endurance standpoint. I pushed myself though for the past six months to become stronger and fitter and to do things I never thought I could do. And that feels great.

This week though has been weird. I’ve been struggling to eat right, after a triumphant day of unchecked eating after the race–which I’d planned for–and even though I keep promising myself I’ll get back to the gym, I haven’t gone since Saturday. Sunday was a planned day off, but Monday and today, I just couldn’t seem to drag my butt out of bed. It could be that it’s cold, windy and rainy here again, or it could just be that I’m feeling no particular urgency to go. The next race is in August.

At any rate, after working so hard and feeling so good, I’m feeling like the rest of this week has been somewhat of a setback. I’ve been towing the food/exercise line for 9 months and this weekend, I realized just how easy it is to slip back into old habits really easily. I’ve been eating better the rest of the week, but I don’t want to. It’s been a challenge. I guess to be successful, this is something I really will have to be diligent about for the rest of my life.

I can do it. I just need to set my next goal. And get back to the gym. After all, I’m not done yet.

I Joined the Gym

So I did it. On Monday last week I joined a gym. It was something I was trying to avoid because I’ve never been a gym person, but it’s dark out now and I haven’t been able to get my walking in. And besides, I have a big fitness goal for April that would be almost impossible to meet without a pool. So I joined a gym with a pool.

I finally went to the gym for the first time on Saturday (and then again yesterday!). Surprisingly I enjoyed it. I found that it’s easier to run on a treadmill right now than the street (I’m still mostly walking and then running a half lap every half mile or so).

And I went swimming. I’ve always been a strong swimmer, having spent my youth at beaches, my teen years as a competitive swimmer and then as a lifeguard through college. And even though I’ve always loved it, as life got in the way, finding a pool became an obstacle. So I haven’t been swimming in a very long time. Add to that that I tore two rotator cuff tendons last year and a whole host of other shoulder problems, and I thought my swimming days were over for good. However, my doctor told me swimming is the best therapy for the shoulder injuries I had. So I went swimming and surprised myself that I was able to complete 8 laps. My shoulder hurt or I think I could have gone farther and I hope that I can continue to strengthen that arm and build up my swimming endurance again because it really was fun to get back in the pool.

This gym is on my way  home from work. I have to literally pass it to go home. So I’ll be hitting the gym before getting home from now on. I know if I go home first, I won’t go back out. And now that I’ve broken the ice, I’m looking forward to going again.

My goal for my fitness journey this time is to get strong and healthy. And I feel like I’m really on my way!

So far, 27.2 pounds gone, but more importantly, I’m getting really active and feeling stronger every day.