07 September 2009

Glad that's over

Yesterday was bad.  I have never had back pain like that in my life.  Of course, since I am prone to back issues, I've never let myself get this out of shape.  When I weighed 225 I suffered from back pain frequently.  Once I started losing weight and working out the pain didn't go away completely, but it definitely subsided.  I found, contrary to popular doctor opinion, that regular exercise was much better for my back then resting it.  And generally, when I got lazy the first thing I would notice would be my back pain, just little twinges but enough to get me moving again.  Recently however, I've let things slide way too much.  I've been eating with abandon, not working out consistently, spending much too much time sitting here and yesterday was the trifecta of pain and I paid for it all day.  Well I am not going to let that happen again.  Absolutely not.  Today I start a fairly aggressive workout program but I'm going to approach it intelligently.  I'm going to do Karen Voight's video in the mornings, that's about 45 minutes or so, then after work I'm going to do some cardio for 30 minutes or so.  Eventually I want to add in Jillian's workouts but I'm trying to be a little conservative.  After my workout I'll walk the dogs for 20 to 30 minutes.  Finally, ending the night with some yoga stretches.  Then it's off to bed.  It's a little bit workout heavy, but it's basically short bouts of exercise at various times.  I think it will work.  I used to follow a schedule like this and that's when I was at my fittest.  I would like to be that fit again and I know I can do it.  I need to do it to protect my back if nothing else.  Right now, it's time to workout.

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