Back in the saddle

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The Training Room

I’ve started working out again.  I’m 3 days into week 2.  Let me just say the first week wasn’t pretty.
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I live in Somerset, WI and I go to a great little gym in my town called The Training Room.  It’s connected to an OSI (which I went to when I had the little neck problem)  Love it there.  It is not overwhelming.  The staff is welcoming and positive and they remember my name, even after my latest 6+ month absence.   You can get such great personal attention at this gym.  So much so that my trainer (from a boot camp a while back) emailed me when he hadn’t seen me in a few months.
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“Hi Aimee…It’s Jeremy…haven’t seen you around the gym the last few months, hope to see you back soon.”

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I didn’t respond.  I was certainly impressed that I got a personal note, but felt bad that I hadn’t been there for so long.  The couple months, led to 6+ months.  I actually don’t even remember when my last workout was.
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Anyway, I decided last Monday morning that I was going to the gym.  I was going to a class.
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I sat in the parking lot for a few minutes watching other women walk in looking like they hadn’t spent the last 6 months eating Candyland Chicago Mix.  I got up the courage and headed in.
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Who is at the front desk when I walk in the door?  Jeremy.  Of course.
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“Hi Jeremy…remember me?”
“Of course I do Aimee.  Nice to see you.  Welcome back.”
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That was it.  I was back.  Well, I wasn’t exactly back in.  I had pulled the membership card thing, that was usually attached to my key ring, off a few months ago. Just looking at it hanging there unused made me feel guilty.  I thought out of site, out of mind:)  Anyway, he made me a new one and off I went.

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I introduced myself to the instructor, feeling like I was going to confession.  “It has been 6 months since my last confession…I mean workout” .  I informed her that my goal for the class was not to vomit.  She laughed, but I was totally serious!
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The class was Tabata.   Here is the description from the website.
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“A protocol of high intensity interval training to tax the systems of the body. Each segment is broken down into 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest repeated 8 times for total of 4 minutes. If you enjoy a challenge, this is a great class! ”
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What the heck was I thinking? Really?  My first time back into the gym in half a year and this is what I think I can do.  Do I really want to tax the systems of the body on the first day?   I did succeed in holding down my breakfast.  Barely.  But my legs were shaking after segment 2:)  I did leave feeling like I had done it.  The first class back.
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I could barely get out of bed on day 2.  It felt like I had been stabbed in the thighs.  Literally.   I went back to the gym on day 2, walked the treadmill.  I spent the rest of the day grunting and groaning with every movement.  The walk down the ramps to the restroom at the shop just about sent me over the edge.
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Day 3 I decided to do the yoga class (more on that in another blog post).  I was getting the kids ready for school and I told Max I was going to the gym again.  “Do you think that’s such a good idea mom?”  Out of the mouths of babes.
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Now we are a week and 3 days into my new working out way of life.  So far, so good.
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Jeremy still seems happy (and frankly shocked) to see me each morning!
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I’m not sure why I feel the need to share this personal information except that they say telling people your goals makes you more accountable.  We’ll see:)
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One Response to “Back in the saddle”

  1. Pat says:

    Good for you, Aimee! You ROCK! And you’ve inspired me, too. I just posted this: It’s been a long winter with little exercise. Time to get going again! Power walking. Five days a week. Starting today. “Telling people your goals makes you more accountable.” ~Aimee

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