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12/3/19 - slowly but surely

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

I worked with a Personal Trainer at my gym for my physical assessment. It has been determined that my left leg is weaker than my right and I need to strengthen both. Yeah, not. I am not a lover of the after workout pain. At. All. I understand no pain, no gain but after having been in extreme pain for 5 months the thought of doing it to myself is hard for me. We worked on my calf muscles which will allow me to run better and do my Swing Dance Swivels. We worked them for over an hour and I was warned the next day would hurt. Nope. No pain. Yeah! (ISOPure is a GREAT recovery drink) I was not allowed to swing dance on Thursday since I was "told" I'm doing too much too soon. (DRAT! it was the Thanksgiving Dance at the Kennedy Center and only happens once a year) I could so Zumba friday.

Friday and still no pain... off to Zumba. I decided to increase my workout to include some intermediate moves and not just the beginner stuff.

Saturday... Ouch! Ok, the pain showed up. Man, did it. I didn't think I worked that hard but I was mobile. Rest day.

Sunday... I rested during the day and had Swing Dance lessons that night. Swivels were easier still kinda hard.

Monday and it's Personal Trainer class work out day. One skinny girl, One muscled guy, One muscled girl, One active Army girl and 225lb me. Ugh. Here I am doing my little 4mph run next to the 8mph machine. Here I am doing my little assisted pull ups with everyone else during bur-pees into jumping pull ups. Using the treadmill, off, and only using legs to move the belt. They're running and I'm straining like I am mountain climbing. Russian situps with weights, reverse toe touches, mountain climbers and planks.

By the end of the workout I was discouraged and in tears. They were encouraging and supportive but I just felt... less. Just less... my breathing was a bit better, my running speed increased to 4.3. I was able to do the jumping wall touches better than last week. But I just felt less. He is telling me not to get discouraged but it's hard when I have to take a break because I just need to breathe.

Anyway, Today is a rest day. My abs and legs are really sore. He will give me my exercises tomorrow for my calves and we're off again.

I'm in trouble at home again as she always thinks the worst of me instead of giving me the benefit of the doubt so tonight shall be fun... Not... at least i will have the 2 hours at the laundromat to wind down. I need to get a measuring tape for my measurements.
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    You are doing great. Everyone had to start sowwhere.
    111 days ago
    The only one you are competing with is YOU! Hang in there! You ARE improving yourself. That's what counts! emoticon
    119 days ago
    I'm with 1Crazydog - I know it can be hard to ignore what's happening right next to you, but the person you're competing against is YOU. Every one of those assisted pull-ups is making you stronger than the YOU of yesterday. That 4 mph run is giving YOUR lungs more air for tomorrow. Many of the things you feel inadequate about "only" being able to do are things many of us can't do at all! We are each unique and are here working at being the best possible version of ourselves -

    119 days ago
    U can do it
    119 days ago
    I definitely understand the reluctance to put yourself in pain. I hope you can find a solution that works for you.
    119 days ago
    My dear, you didn't ask for advice but here's some anyhow that helped me . . . don't compare yourself to others! YOU ARE YOU. You're where you are right now and they're where they are right now. Just keep working!

    HUGS to you
    119 days ago
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