Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Still Bitching About the Workouts...

I made it through one of the hardest weeks of working out, no lie, since I started this back in February. My legs are still really sore (I fully admit to grunting and groaning whenever I sit down or stand back up) and I have not been my normal happy-to-be-challenged self.

In case you've forgotten (how could you! ::pouts::) I workout Monday at 8 am, Tuesday at 4 pm and Wednesday at 8 am - I wish I could space them out a little better throughout the week, but it doesn't jive with my work schedule of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Anyway, I went to the Tuesday workout knowing that it would help the soreness. And it did...until I sat down for dinner and HGTV's House Hunters...man oh man, my legs were not wanting to move after that. And so I pretty much didn't - let's hear it for the sedentary!

This morning when I woke up, I really did not want to go workout. But I have never missed one (except for surgery) and I don't want to get into that habit - it's a bad one that the old Shelley knew well. So I went. And we had a good, lively group - there were seven of us, and we all worked out, switching stations and cheering each other on. It was fun. But I am still so freaking sore! And crabby, with apologies to Ms. Slacker. I have not felt the endorphin rush that I normally get after working out - darn it, I rely on that to get my house clean!

It became clear to me at some point that I was just going to have to get through this. The worst was done on Monday and there was no turning back the clock. As I could not undo the workout that caused the pain, I had no choice but to trudge ahead. And I know that I will probably feel much more normal by Friday, and since it didn't kill me, it will obviously make me stronger. I'm sure that next week will be much better, workout-wise, and I will be back to my happy-to-be-challenged self. But dang, what a pain (literally) to have to go through this! It's exactly why I never skipped a workout - because I didn't want to go through that first week of soreness again...and yet, there it was.

One last thing - I want to thank all y'all for leaving such great comments after my last post. You gave me motivation, sympathy and empathy - and I needed it! It really helped get me to the next two workouts - believe me, that extra push was necessary! So thanks for being there.

19 comments:

  1. Yay for sore legs! Don't you love having to hang on to the wall while you drop down onto the toilet seat?

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  2. I love sore legs, I feel all accomplished, but then I do hate having to use the toilet paper holder for a crutch.

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  3. We'll always be here for you. :) I enjoy your blog very much...so sorry about the soreness...I'm experiencing it too, and I'm probably doing way less than you are. Let's hope that all this crap people tell us about it getting easier and hurting less actually comes true one day. :) Keep rockin' it girl...you're wise not to skip the workouts. :)

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  4. We'll always be here for you. :) I enjoy your blog very much...so sorry about the soreness...I'm experiencing it too, and I'm probably doing way less than you are. Let's hope that all this crap people tell us about it getting easier and hurting less actually comes true one day. :) Keep rockin' it girl...you're wise not to skip the workouts. :)

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  5. I kinda lovelove the sore as well.

    any better today?

    I have to say this (tho I never do it. too cheap :) and no time) ANY CHANCE FOR A MASSAGE THIS WEEKEND?

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  6. I guess one thing about sore is that you know you've been working hard!

    That's what they say anyway. . .

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  7. Sorry about your pain. I know all too well how it can affect your moods. Epsom salt baths have always worked for me right after a workout. When I worked with a trainer she used to force me to do that and I really think it helped. Hope you get to feeling like your old self again!

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  8. Shelley, my daughter played competitive soccer for years and was coached by one of the coaches of the TAMU Lady Aggies. Anyway, their workouts were ALWAYS gruelling and during the summer, they were held DAILY, which allowed little time for muscles to recover. The coach had the girls drink ENDUROX (from GNC) - it aids in muscle recovery. Anyway, it tasted TERRIBLE, BUT, the ones that drank it noticed MARKED improvement in muscle soreness IMMEDIATELY. Then, the girls were BEGGING for it between games at tournaments. It comes in a powder that you mix with water and it's not cheap ($30ish), but, it will really help you with the soreness and should enable you to work out more.

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  9. Well, I'll be NO help on this issue. I hate it when my legs are sore. I have a negative attitude about it and tell myself that it cannot be healthy to walk around in pain like that. Then I will take a rest period, and that rest period extends way after the soreness has left.

    The one thing I have started doing and it's become habit and it feels so good--I stretch. I stretch a lot. It feels good, it relieves tension in my body, and I think it does help with the soreness.

    I'm a wus, though, and I am tired of pain in my life and when it happens, I just get mad. I don't get the endorphin kick, either.

    See, I'm of absolutely no help. I'm the enabler friend who would try to get you out of the pain to begin with. lol (Well, not really, but I bitch about it way too much.)

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  10. Sore legs are a mixed bag. Sometimes they're an energizer/motivator, other times they just exacerbate what you're body's was already feeling...broke.

    You'll be back to where you are soon enough. You're too dedicated not to.

    This reminds me of what Mz Fit was talking about the other day, about listening to your body and active rest. Your bod is definitely sending you smoke signals!

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  11. Hooray for going when you didn't feel like it!

    When I lost my 75 pounds on WW, I didn't miss one meeting in a whole year!

    Maybe I should go back? :D Or just eat what Hannah does!

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  12. But I have never missed one (except for surgery) and I don't want to get into that habit - it's a bad one that the old Shelley knew well. So I went.

    This sentence caught my eye! Because I'm the old Shelley! Too often I don't want to go to the gym and usually I don't go! When I have to go running I never miss one and always go. But concerning the gym: next I want to stay home I'll think of you and will go!

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  13. Isn't there a famous saying that goes something like "No pain...no pain."

    In order to get something
    You got to give something
    In order to be something
    You got to go through something

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  14. Sorry that you're still so sore, Shelley! You're a rockstar for not taking a day off after the workout from h*ll, and that dedication is why you've gotten such great results.

    I'm with Miz . . . sounds like a massage might be just what the doctor ordered, and in any event the rest days should have you feeling back to yourself by Monday.

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  15. I just looked it up in the dictionary, and sure enough, there really is a picture of you next to the word "dedication".

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  16. I have sore legs right now, too !!

    I know what you mean about having to drag yourself to workouts - I am so bad, I finally had to HIRE a personal trainer ! If it's in your budget I totally recommend it - I get the BEST workout and I cannot flake !!

    Your progress photos look GREAT by the way !

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  17. I have sore legs right now, too !!

    I know what you mean about having to drag yourself to workouts - I am so bad, I finally had to HIRE a personal trainer ! If it's in your budget I totally recommend it - I get the BEST workout and I cannot flake !!

    Your progress photos look GREAT by the way !

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  18. I can relate to the sore legs. I really pushed my run one morning and I thought "Wow I feel great" until I got to work and had to squat for something... I thought I would never make it back to a full stand again.

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  19. I know this sounds a little twisted but I'm a little jealous of your workout pain. All I've got to compare is a bad back from all the sitting around and fat cankles from the salt. Still - I'm sorry it hurts you so much. Hope it's better soon.

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