Ouch-ish. It hurts and feels so good.
Friday, January 24, 2014
So.. this is the start of my third year in SP... I've lost around 90 pounds and am holding. Toward the end of the first year I added a cardio component. My knees are not kind, so it's mostly walking rather than running. I bought a Fitbit in October 2012 and started a serious walking regimen. I have been very faithful; it doesn't sound like a lot, but it took me 10 months to record my first 1000 miles; I'm working very hard to get the second thousand in a shorter period and am on track. Got 600 more within about 3 and a half months. I teach in a high school and have two planning periods since I have a "zero hour" class that starts at 6:20 in the morning... so I use one of the two planning periods to walk a mile and a quarter I have mapped around the periphery of our campus. I have not missed a school day since I started in October of 2012. And at night I walk with my husband and dog most nights. I have also discovered that a typical trip to Costco gives me over a mile and a half of steps.. not to mention a certain kick in the bank account, but it's worth it!
So the next stage. My legs are now fairly muscular and strong. There's cellulite but not as bad. My other numbers.. blood sugar, cholesterol, good/bad fats, are all good. My doctor is happy with me. I figure another 35 pounds will put me at the weight I want to maintain.
But there are flabby arm muscles; I'm not real buff or strong. I get the occasional backache. So I signed up for our college's independent study for personal fitness. Translate that as the ability to use the health center as much as I want and get a personal trainer to help when I need. Since I also teach at the college, it's cheap, too. And it's on my way home from my day job. This week it opened up for the semester and I have been in working on the weight machines. Today my muscles have announced that they have noticed it all and are perhaps going to punish me just a bit. I am sore in places I didn't know I had muscles stashed away.
And IT FEELS SO GOOD. Can't wait for the next workout.