Getting Back To It

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We are finally getting back to working out (Sweatin’ to the oldies) in the Duprez household. The week before the wedding we were in the gym, jump roping, running, etc. I didn’t want to lose it just because we weren’t in our usual routine. And we did a great job… until the honeymoon, where of course we weren’t working out at all. The most I did was walk around stuff. Ruins, the town, from the hotel to our beach hut, you know – important places. And this is what vacations are for. Slowly bloating under the heat of the sun and with the salt of a margarita retaining all of your water. Am I right or am I right?

But it’s been… you know … more than a month since we got back. And I was kind of dreading getting back into it. You work and work and work and lift weights and lift weights and sweat and strain and curse out loud because lifting weights fucking SUCKS and then a few weeks go by and it’s all over. It’s all reversed, you have to start back at square one and that is bullshit! So … I was dreading it. And putting it off. Which only makes it worse.

So last week we had our first real workout, and then we went to Sacramento to house sit from Wednesday to Sunday. So there went that momentum (though many walks with the dogs were had!). But I would like to formerly announce, that since Tuesday (yesterday… ahem), the Duprez-live-to-be-100 campaign is back in full swing. And you know what? I love it. I forgot how good working out makes me feel. Even when it’s hard, even when I can’t lift as much as I used to or squat without my ass going numb, it makes my body feel so good. The soreness feels like progress, and my insides work so much better. I can’t believe it took us this long to bust it out, but I feel amazing now that we’ve begun again.

17 thoughts on “Getting Back To It”

  1. It occurs to me that working out regularly will GO FAR in improving your feelings about working from home (re your last post). Exercising helps everything. It really does. I wish chocolate helped everything, but, eh, what can you do?

    Also, I’m thrilled you’re feeling better!

  2. Yaaayy for jumping back on the bandwagon! Its effin HARD starting at square one and getting back into the swing of things, but the after effects make it soo worth it. Ive heard that as long as youre sore, youre burning calories, woot! When you feel like you cant do any more, do ONE more!!

  3. Can you send some of that motivation my way, please? Bicycling is great for burning calories and my legs are SUPER strong but, my arms are jelly and I need to do something about it!

    Time to break out the weights!

    1. I really hate weights. I really really do. It isn’t fun, all it does it hurt, and it’s TEDIOUS and UNFORGIVING. But i don’t want to have the waggle when i’m 40 so, here we go!

    2. What’s better for the jelly arms than weights is kickboxing (gee, Erin, way to go out of your way to construct a passive sentence…). Anyway: sounds stupid, but it’s more fun for me than curling 10-pounders for millions of reps. The key is not throwing wimpy punches. Even if you’re shadow-boxing, you have to form a solid fist and pull back before you hit full extension. I had awful arms for my wedding, then bad-ass biceps (not too huge) when I was kickboxing all the time. Skipped kbing all summer, and now they’re back to mostly flabby.

      1. Okay, so I have found my motivation in the past few hours: TATTOOS. Eventually I will have a sleeve on my right arm and I don’t want those flowers to be wilty before I’m old and grey so I need to be buff! Oh, and babies becuase those suckers can be heavy and when I have one, I don’t want to feel like my arms are falling off…
        Boxing sounds way more fun than 30 day shred! I don’t have the means/time to take a class so maybe I can find a good DVD? Thanks for the tips Erin!

  4. Oooooh man, I feel ya. I took a couple weeks off (scheduling and illness) and had JUST gotten back into it when the week-from-hell-and-then-Irene happened. So, I’m over a week out, at this point … and starting again TOMORROW. (Tonight is for sleep, tomorrow we run.)

    I’m totally looking at you to kick my butt into gear when I whine about how it hurts. ::nods::

  5. Ohhh, I hear you! We actually brought our running stuff on our honeymoon (used it a couple times, too — it was a great way to explore the city), and STILL I felt like I was back to square one after the wedding haze lifted.

    1. It’s weird, because i’m the thinnest I’ve been in YEARS and very easy to maintain it. BUT I’m all soft and lame-o. Must fix now. And extra points for running on your honeymoon. I could barely walk down the street without panicking that it was so effing hot. haha.

  6. I need this motivation too. I traded my lunchtime workouts for lunchtime blog writing, and now lunchtime homework, and haven’t gone running or worked out all summer. EEEk! Good for you for getting back into it, though. I’ve read that it’s easier to get back into good condition after a break if you were already doing well before the break, so you’ll probably be surprised at how quickly you bounce back 🙂

  7. Ummm that picture cracks me up.

    I’m on Week 8 of Couch to 5k right now. When I run, I feel like some kind of land sloth being propelled forward against its will, just kind of limping at a quickened pace with limbs flailing in all directions. I’m told it gets easier with time. My land-sloth self is not convinced.

  8. It’s that first step that sucks the hardest. The thing I have to constantly remind myself is that I regularly regret not working out, but I’ve never once finished a workout and wished I haven’t. That combination of peace and joy when I finish a particularly good run…it’s addicting!

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