Saturday, February 14, 2009

Yes, I'm Still Alive, Although For a Few Days There I Thought I Might Die of Pain!

I started my 12-week workout last Monday. Every Monday and Wednesday, I do thirty minutes of strength training, followed by thirty minutes of cardio. And when I say cardio, I mean CAR-DI-O! Seriously, I though I was gonna die doing the cardio. Let me just say that when the trainer is having me ride the exercise bike, I'm going a lot faster than when I do it on my own!

Here are some fun facts:
  1. I liked the rowing machine
  2. I liked the "80's exercise bike"
  3. I did "Swiss crunches" using a big ball
  4. The plank hold does not involve a board of any kind
  5. The only reason I kept riding the spinning bike is because my feet were strapped to the pedals
  6. I walked on a treadmill and didn't fly off the back
  7. Boxing was fun
  8. Except when I was so tired I could barely move my leg to kick the bag
  9. The stepper is horrible and I hope it breaks down soon
  10. Die, stepper, die
  11. I used 6 and 8 pound weights - woot!
  12. My strength instructor Brad is cool
  13. My Monday cardio instructor Linda is cool
  14. My Wednesday cardio instructor Will was a high school classmate of my oldest son, Sam, and really should have been much nicer to me because of that
  15. I may have to call his mother
  16. I have more muscles than I realized...and they all hurt this week!
This was intense - I knew it would be, but holy hell, I really had no idea! My thighs (quads?) were KILLING ME until Friday. Every time I went to sit down, and then stand back up I wimpered like a baby. After Wednesday's workout, I stopped at the bank to deposit some money into my son's account - there were five steps that I had to climb to get to the entrance. Oh sure, I could have gone the long way around and walked up the handicapped ramp, but I took the short way. UP.THE.STAIRS. Ow ow ow ow ow. And I do believe I said that out loud. I didn't care who heard me. I just wanted to get that errand over with so I could go home and lie down. For several days. Unfortunately, I had an extremely busy week and had to keep moving, which probably was a good thing, but it didn't feel like it at the time!

One more story before I stop my whining: As I was "working my core" by kicking the bag five times per leg for what felt like an eternity (but was three minutes, I think), I got slower and slower - slo-motion would have been faster than me at that point. All I could think was how I had made fun of Joelle on The Biggest Loser for moving so slow in her workouts, and how that bitch karma was now kicking my ass.


  1. this made me laugh and smile with recognition and think I NEED TO SHAKE IT UP AND GET SORE AGAIN!!

  2. Good job on the workout. I guess they are right about "no pain, no gain."

  3. LOL! I'm not laughing AT you ;) Boy I needed that laugh today, though.

    Ain't karma a bitch? And I'm with Miz, you've reminded me to switch it up and get sore again. Lazy ass muscles o' mine....

    Hope you're feeling better for round two this week.

  4. Wow, I am very very very impressed. I have a rowing machine in my garage (it's my daughters') but have never really used it. Maybe I ought to give it a try.

  5. It sounds like you've found a great program, and I'm sure you'll like the results 11 weeks from now!

    I had the same experience when I first started resistance training again about a month ago. I started when I was visiting my brother in Vegas - he takes his fitness pretty seriously, and he pushed me pretty hard - ouchie for a few days.

  6. wow great job! I miss being sore from the trainer like that! Seems like you have to get to that point every time to really make it work. Somehow I just can't push myself that hard.


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