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.