Workout Wednesdays // Getting Back On Track.

It’s that time of week again. It’s Wednesday, which means the week is half way over and also time for me to catch you up on my fitness and health. One of my October goals was to workout once a week. Which, while I was writing it, didn’t seem like a lot. But before now and since I started work, I was going to the gym zero times a week, so bumping that number up to one was reasonable. Baby steps.

That’s something I’m realizing. Baby steps are better than no steps. Going once a week and staying moving and reaching my step count everyday is better than nothing. Beyond that, it’s a stepping stone. I have found that I cannot go from zero to four. I would be setting myself up to fail if I set out to reach my end goals this month. I have to start small, I have to start somewhere and that will lead to another goal, and another, and then, eventually, my end goal.

Believe me though, this is frustrating for me. On Sunday, Drew and I headed to the gym and it felt really good to be back. I did three exercises with weights, took it a little easy, seeing as I haven’t been doing anything active since June/July. And by take it easy I mean going from lifting 100+ lbs while bench pressing down to 45 lbs. What’s more? I am still sore. I still groan when I get up from a chair due to the squats, my chest muscles ache when I lift my arms from the benching. It’s a little pathetic.

But I have to come back some how. It’s not like waiting longer would magically get me stronger from everyday chores. It’s not like I’ll get healthier and fitter just lounging around after work. And it’s not like I can go back to where I was after such a long break. I can totally forget about coming back even stronger! I have to work my way back up.

I’m having to remind myself that healthy living is a marathon, not a sprint. And for a while there, I had to take a breather, rein myself back into a walk. That’s ok! I needed that. Now I can pick up the pace and start jogging again. Then start running.

All in all, I’m trying to stay positive. I met my once a week quota, and had a good session. Next session will be even better and I’ll keep at it. Maybe next month I’ll get my routine to twice a week, and maybe by 2016 I’ll be working out three times a week!

For now though, baby steps.

— Brey