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Thursday, January 10, 2008


Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good,
~ James Brown

Ok, seriously.

Tonight I went to work out. For the first time in longer than I care to think about. A real workout.

Of course, it was a basic workout, because if there is one thing I know, it is to not overdo it the first time out. No matter how tempting.

I got up on the elliptical machine as planned, did a "hill" workout at level 2 (oh, how I've fallen!), for 20 minutes. I was tempted to hit 30 minutes, but realized that it really is better to start slow and easy and see how it goes. Besides, I have old injuries that have been bothering me and they do NOT need to be aggravated!

It was nice. I was feelin' the burn and yet, pleased that even in the middle of my workout, I wasn't overly tired, I wasn't pushing myself too hard, but I could feel my muscles working. Oh, yes, the leg muscles were burning.

After I'd stretched out a bit, I went to the weights, considering an upper body workout and realized I'd forgotten my elbow brace. So instead, I just took a little tour, trying to remember my favorite machines and how to use them.

I'm really embarassed to admit I need a refreshed. I do remember some of them, but didn't make any attempts tonight. Instead, I realized that it actually would be proper to take advantage of my 2 free trainer sessions to refresh my memory and teach me a few things that might be specific to my current condition.

Certainly, I'll remember a lot once I get into things again, but the reality is that I am not an expert, and it's important to start off well, rather than wreck myself.

So, tomorrow I'll call the head trainer and set up a couple sessions with someone. Because it will be worth it in the long run. Because a dose of humility is going to save me from a bad fall from my pride.

* sigh *

I feel very good about what I did today, and am looking forward to the great rewards to be gained by the pain and agony (the good kind) I'm about to experience in the coming weeks.