Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fit Tuesday ~ Getting It Back!!

HI!!! I've missed you all terribly!! You have no idea!! I have been crazy busy lately- my brother is getting married on Saturday and life has just been a little busy, but good nonetheless. I should be back to regular posting next week. I did, however, want to get a Fit Tuesday post up! 

I wish this post was going to start out really positive and inspiring, but it's not! If you don't remember my blood pressure issues, in short, I have had sustained hypertension for a few months, thus had to take roughly eight weeks off of working out while medications were being adjusted appropriately. I was cleared a few weeks ago to start again and my blood pressure promptly dropped too low, causing me to pass out. Yes, it was very scary! Anyway, we think everything is good now, and I started working out again on Friday. I want to talk to you about taking breaks and coming back. It can be quite frustrating!! I certainly lost some endurance and muscle tone during my break and yesterday's workout was a total nightmare. 

Usually when I push myself it's satisfying and no matter the pain, I can feel the gain. Yesterday this was not the case. I felt like I was dragging an extra 300 pounds with each step. With every new interval of stairs I wanted to just stop and lay on the ground. It was painful and I felt like I had no energy even though I knew I had fueled properly. Even after my workout I wasn't proud of myself for sticking with it and pushing myself through. I was frustrated and feeling defeated. I was kicking myself for feeling weak. Friends, this is not the way to love yourself through coming back from an injury or a medical issue. I handled it poorly. Getting back into the groove of things can be painful and frustrating, but love yourself through it!! Be patient with yourself. Give yourself some kudos for finishing strong even if it feels like you didn't do well. This also applies to those who have never been in shape and are just starting out. Push yourself but give yourself time. It takes awhile to get out of shape, so it's going to take awhile to bounce back. It takes time, patience, work and commitment! 

So, on that note, I am just returning from an AWESOME 6 mile run!! It wasn't easy but it was fabulous! I felt the burn but this time in a good way. I'm nearly certain there will be more days like yesterday in the coming weeks but I'll keep pushing (moderately). Here are a few tips for Getting It Back:

1. Be Patient. I can promise you that increasing your fitness level will not be easy. There will be pain and frustrations but don't be too hard on yourself. You can't increase your fitness level in a day. For some it takes months and for some weeks. Get to know your body and push it slowly.

2. Stay Committed. This can be difficult too. Honestly, yesterday after my awful workout part of me wanted to just give in and keep "taking it easy." I felt defeated but you have to end your pity party and get right back at it. You'll see improvement if you do!

3. Take Care. Don't increase your training regimen too fast. I cannot tell you exactly how to do this since it varies depending on the exercise and your body. Push yourself but know the different between challenging pain and injury pain. If you are in extreme pain STOP. Also, don't be afraid to ice or apply heat to sore muscles as needed. Injury prevention is very important, so make sure you are warming up, cooling down and stretching!

It's so good to be back, friends! Please be patient with me as I prepare for my brother's wedding this week and likely recover for a couple of days after Saturday! Then you can fully expect me to be back to posting regularly and commenting/interacting with you readers and other bloggers!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!

Some photos from my run on the waterfront downtown early this morning:

Please take a moment to check out the Wellness Project, and consider participating once I launch the first round. This will likely be in late June or July.

Do you have experience with any of this?? Coming back from a break? Starting to work out for the first time in general?

Be well,
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  1. It is nice to see you back in the blogosphere!!!!
    I am an advocate for pushing oneself, but it is imperative that a person knows his or her limits.  There is such a thing as pushing it wayyyy too far, so I am glad that you are aware of your limitations!  You will get it back.  You're a beast.

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  2. this pep talk was just what i need. with my dad in the hospital and a sore knee i haven't been exercising for a couple weeks. looks like it's time to get back out there!!

  3. When I feel like I don't have energy, or "carrying an extra 300 lbs" I will try to workout a few hours later. It normally helps.

  4. Thank you, Bonnie! It's great to be back!! And the wedding was yesterday... I'll post about it tomorrow. So I'm back to regular posting!!! YAY!

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