Back to kickboxing today after 7 weeks of no class, schedule conflicts, etc. Intentionally only gave about 60% to ease myself back in.

The Long Road Back to Fitness

I haven’t been on an outdoor run since July, but I did hit the treadmill for a run/walk four times in December and once in February. Somehow, I thought that meant I could jump on the treadmill last Friday and bust off a two-mile run. Easy peasy.

I was so, so wrong.  (more…)

Rookie Mistake

“I haven’t been to a fitness class since the holidays started,” I admitted to no one in particular as I picked out my locker before Wednesday’s kickboxing class. “I’m about to get my butt kicked.”

How right I was.

I made the mistake of jumping back in full throttle, at the same level I’d been participating before I took my little two-month exercise sabbatical. I was so looking forward to kickboxing, and I was also looking forward to my first non-treadmill workout with my new Fitbit Charge 2. I went for it HARD.

Two days later, I can certainly tell I was a little too aggressive with my bob-and-weaves and my jab-cross combinations, among others. My upper arms and the backs and insides of my thighs are stiff as hell.

So, of course I continued my sub-par decision-making by opting out of my previously planned treadmill walk, and choosing instead to spend today’s lunch break querying my WordPress MySQL database in preparation for my annual Year In Review post.

Being muscle-sore has the added bonus of always causing me to weigh in heavier than I would expect, presumably from inflammation and water retention. Add that to a late-night fatigued eating binge (more poor decisions!), and my weight this morning sailed right past Oh Shit and bordered on Jesus Fuck.

Kickboxing is scheduled for Monday of next week. My official Weight Watchers weigh-in is Tuesday, department lunch on Wednesday, then a Barre Sculpt class on Thursday. No matter what the scale says, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, my health — my fitness, physical and mental — has to come first. No more skipping workouts, no more late-night binge eating.

I’ve had a couple of years to stabilize at this weight (or thereabouts). 2017 is the year when I buckle down and take it to the next level.

Whatever that means. I’ll know it when I see it.

Seriously considering skipping today’s weights workout. Just not feeling it. Contemplating a nice walk outside with an audiobook instead.

September 2016 Exercise Log

Calendar

I probably won’t keep up with logging my exercise on my blog, but I’m going to post this here because I already started it in this format with my blog in mind. In the future, I’ll probably just log my workout notes in Google Docs, if at all.

The executive summary of this month’s workouts: I worked out twice a week, usually one class and one weights session. My go-to classes are Yoga Flow and Kickboxing, since the strength classes tend to do stuff that’s not recommended for my back, and they don’t offer Core Fusion these days. I’m feeling much more comfortable with the weight machines, and I’m clearly making progress, as evident in my longhand workout journal.

I suspect that I’ll continue to do one group fitness class and one weights session every week for the foreseeable future. Tuesdays are usually Weight Watchers meetings and Wednesdays are usually social lunches, and the group fitness schedule varies week to week.

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Exercise Log, August 15-31

Overall impressions of the second half of August: kinda just showed up at first, then started trying to fit in extra quickie workouts where I could, and wrapped up the month stretching my comfort zone into strength training on the weight machines.  (more…)

Exercise Log, 7/25 – 8/11

Because I feel like I should continue to log my fitness progress over time, but I don’t want to track my workouts in fifty different apps (and by fifty, of course, I mean two or three), I decided to officially start an Exercise Log on my blog. This entry spans three weeks, just because.

Summary: For the most part, Mondays have been Kickboxing, and Thursdays have been Yoga Flow, with one scheduling exception last week. Over the last three weeks, I feel like my core has started to get back to its pre-yoga-hiatus strength and stability levels, although my back has been iffy. I should add my physical therapy exercises back into the mix to stretch and strengthen the specific muscles that need it.

Workout details follow… (more…)