Back at It!

For the past week, I’ve been resting the pulled back muscle, which I wrote about in my last post. I thought it was time for an update.

On Monday, my back was feeling pretty good before bed, so I wore my workout clothes to bed so I could get up and resume workouts on Tuesday morning. I wasn’t sure which workout I would do, but that would depend on how my back felt. When the alarm went off at 5am, I got up to use the restroom and was pretty stiff, so I went back to bed. By the evening, my back was feeling really good, so I set out my workout gear for the morning.

When the alarm rang at 5am on Wednesday morning, I decided staying snuggled in bed was a better option and talked myself out of exercising. When I had to actually get up at 6am, I was disappointed in myself for not exercising. At least I did some horse leading and sidewalking at River Valley Riders for two of our three hours. At bed time, I felt great, so I set out the workout gear yet again.

This morning when 5am rolled around, I had an entire internal conversation that went something like this:
“Crap, I do NOT want to get up. I think my back is still sore.”
“Oh, no, you don’t. Your back is fine and you’re just being lazy.”
“But it’s so warm and comfortable in bed. Besides, it’s really dark in the house.”
“You promised your friends on MyFitnessPal that you would do 30 Day Shred this morning.”
“Crap. I hate mornings.”
“You’ll feel better after you exercise.”

I finally rolled out of bed at 5:15am, got ready and started my workout. Knowing that I had indeed promised my MFP friends that I would get back to exercising and knowing that I’d feel guilty later if I didn’t get the workout done in the morning, finally got me moving.

The warmup and first two circuits of Level 2 of 30 Day Shred went great. I moved down from the 5 lb. weights to the 3 lb. weights on a few moves to be kinder to my back. Then the third circuit came and I was tired, which I’m sure is because I’ve taken a week off. I did the modified plank moves and skipped the second set of “chair squats with V raises.” But, I’m glad I got back to it and completed Day 19.

Tomorrow I will do the last day of Level 2. Saturday and Sunday will be scheduled as rest days, but I might end up doing something active. We have classes at church all weekend, which is why workouts are up in the air for the weekend. On Monday, I’ll start Level 3.

Assuming I rise early enough tomorrow morning, I’ll take measurements and weigh myself. I’m a little bummed that the results won’t be entirely indicative of my level 2 results because of the week off, but it is what it is. I can only move forward. If I don’t get to measurements tomorrow morning, I’ll make sure to do it sometime over the weekend. It will be interesting to see if there was any change.

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