Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Work Out Schmork Out


Yikes. It's been a while since I've mentioned my working out, and Colleen was so kind as to point it out to me yesterday. I am still going to the gym regularly, working out with my trainer (and friends) twice a week, and trying to get in some additional cardio at least twice a week. Sometimes that cardio comes in the form of some quality time with the elliptical machine, and sometimes it's a step class, just depends on the week and the timing.

This week, though, has been a challenge. I seem to have done something to my back - what, I don't have a clue - and it's made working out, and heck even just moving, really difficult. I seem to have strained some kind of muscle in my back, but fortunately my trainer was able to show me some stretches to help alleviate my super-fun discomfort yesterday, so hopefully that will help. She also prescribed a heating pad, which shockingly, I don't own, so I had to run out to get one.

Working out has been a really good stress reliever, and over the last month, our trainer has added some interesting new exercises to our routine. We've even being doing ab exercises, which has been interesting, since I haven't done crunches in years. We use the balance balls for most of our ab exercises, though we do some of them on the floor. We also still do those evil deadlifts, and walking lunges, and we've done squats with the balance ball at our back, which has been interesting. Admittedly, I haven't gotten on a scale in the last month, in part because I don't feel like being disappointed by it, but both our trainer and Husband think that I look skinnier than before, so hopefully all the work is doing something for me. I also haven't been really changing my diet, outside of trying not to eat excessively, which I think is a big problem for me. I'm trying to learn to listen to my body when it says that it's full. It's hard sometimes to be in tune with my body, especially when there's so much else going on, like the mess in the kitchen or Baby trying to have a conversation with me, or what-have-you, but it's a work in progress.

How about you? Are you working on losing some weight? Toning some muscle? Tell me about it! I think it's great to hear what other people are doing at the gym, sometimes it can give you inspiration to try something new.

8 comments:

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Hi Elizabeth,
My middle aged body is turning on me, too. My achilles heel is acting up, so it's difficult to exercise. I hope your back is feeling better soon - that hurts!!

kyooty said...

the only think I've managed it walking and now my youngest has a cold, so we're in!

Jill said...

I love hearing about other people's exercise routines, etc! Working out is one of my big things. I started a 90 day countdown in July- so today is day 80 (yay!). I've been lifting weights/working different muscle groups 5 days a week and cardio 2-3 times (ideally), but usually I'll take 1 rest day. I haven't noticed a big difference on the scale either, but my clothes fit different and I've noticed more muscle tone- which is the most important to me :)

I hope your back feels better and that you can keep working out.

YuL hm said...

get better soon ~

I'm restarting my diet this October after being idled for a few months huhu thanks to my lover for supporting me.

I'm back with my WII and did a 10,000 walk a day plus a badminton match in the afternoon when my sisters or brother are free :D

Jessica said...

Oh, goodness......exercise? What's that? I used to be in really good shape, but then pregnancy happened.....and baby happened.....and now I'm sad to say my formerly fit self has faded into the distant past. I so need to do something, though.....but when?

I hope your back gets back to normal soon!

Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day - it's nice to "meet" you, too!

Holly said...

I did a total all out work out before my high school reunion and lost inches...only a couple of pounds...dreaded scale! Getting ready to get back to it. I actually only workout at home...possibly due to the fact we don;t have a lot of gyms here...just a few and they are busy. I have had much success at home before..so we'll see.
Holly @ 504 Main

ModernMom said...

I am not an inspiration...I am baking oatmeal cookies:)

One Sassy Girl said...

Story of my life: I catch full stride and my back goes. Happened this week, but my blessed muscle relaxers pulled me thru!! Good luck and glad you liked my x-rated post!

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