Monday morning, and I’m a little bummed. It was such a fabulous weekend that I’m sad is over. Celebrated Matt’s birthday with breakfast, cupcakes, grilled pizza with friends, games, relaxing, and a trip to our old neighborhood (Wallingford!).. Even though I lost 4.4 pounds this past week, after the breakfast and cupcakes, I’m hoping I didn’t just destroy that weight loss (don’t think I did, but cupcakes named after Elvis Presley can make a girl feel a little guilty – yes, banana cupcake with peanut butter frosting, yum.). That being said, today is a big day for me.
I’m going to the gym for the first time in um… years.
When my company moved buildings, I found out that as tenants, we get free access to a gym located in our building. As soon as I heard the word free, I knew there was no reason for me not to go. It’s in my building, literally on my way out. And it’s not tiny, either. So I figured if I went for around 45 minutes, then caught the later train that Matt usually takes, it’d be a great way to get a workout in 3 times a week (to start). The only downside to this is that the dogs are at home for around 45 minutes longer, but they’re usually pretty okay with it.
So yeah, I’m excited but I’m also nervous. Number one, I’m so out of shape it’s not even funny. I mean obviously being overweight will put a person out of shape, but I haven’t been active past walking around downtown/running for my train/cleaning around the house/occasionally playing the Kinect. I’m not sitting here thinking about to bust out 45 minutes of jogging right now, but I also am not looking forward to being totally horrified at how out of shape I am. So I’ve prepared myself for leaving the gym feeling like a dork, but even going is a pretty big first step anyway!
The other thing I need to get over is the whole working out around others. I get self-conscious, especially around women running a marathon on the treadmill while I’m doing my walk. This is something I know I will get over quickly; everyone is there to work out and do their own thing. I used to workout every day for 2 hours and at first it was a wee bit intimidating to be around a bunch of super fit college kids/athletes, but I got used to it.
Outside of that, I’m pretty excited to start having a weekly routine of some exercise. Just some walking/working out on the elliptical, along with some weight/circuit-training should really help. So let’s hope that week one isn’t absolute torture and that I can actually move my body Tuesday morning. Though there is something about feeling the burn the next morning that is pretty satisfying… I’m proud that I’m doing this and slowly adding a regular workout routine in my life. 🙂