The thing about working out…

Is that it’s so much easier to stop than it is to start again.

I hadn’t really worked out since August. Nevermind that I know I need regular exercise to not lose myself in the fog, going to the gym was just not as important as work.

Or sleep.

Or finishing that book.

And before you know it, I’m right back to where I started before taking on a 12 week challenge to kick my own ass.

I think it’s bullshit that it takes half as long to erase results as it does to get them in the first place. Unfortunately, my body is not interested in what I think is bullshit. That also explains why my hair is not now LONG just because I’ve decided I am over short hair.

Anyway.

It doesn’t take long to forget what your body is capable of. It doesn’t take long to forget how good it feels to accomplish something first thing in the morning – even if that something is simply enduring a 20 minute high intensity interval training workout on an elliptical machine.

I say all that to really just say this:

I took my ass back to the gym this morning, and it feels good.

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  1. WORD. I’m back to the grind today too, after a two-month fitness hiatus.

    I had nice little guns going, and I swear, in two weeks of not working out, they were back to soft and gelatinous stay-puff biceps.

  2. Thursday's Child says:

    I need to go back, too. But it’s so embarrassing being the fatass there who is doing his best to ride the bike or walk on the treadmill. :(

    • Miss Britt says:

      Awww, that makes me sad to read. I just put in headphones and ignore
      everyone else. What the fuck do I care what some strangers in a gym think
      of me? They aren’t paying my membership fees!

  3. Annabelle says:

    I think its bullshit that when I am funky, sad, mad and stressed out – that working out makes all of that feel soooo much better. However when I am funky, sad, mad and stressed out I do not feel like going to the gym. Those other emotions trump self preservation and motivation.

  4. Whew! See? This is why I joined derby. Practice 2x a week for 2 hours where attendance is MANDATORY!!! If I didn’t have that I would be such a slacker! Then I took that up a notch and started paying $100 a month for personal training at a boot camp 2x a week! I am so cheap I know that spending that much money every month will MAKE my fanny get to the workouts!

    I guess I know what motivates me! LOL!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Good for you! I’m still in awe of you getting up early to work out. My life would be so much easier if I could do that, but I just can’t make myself.

    You know what else is bullshit? I should automatically drop 5 lbs every time I turn down a donut. Like a little universal reward system for good behavior. I can totally be bribed.

  6. muskrat says:

    Good! I haven’t done shit for several weeks, either.

  7. Finn says:

    I’m proud of you!

    Me? Last week I finally got back to weight training after being away for months because of tendonitis (I’ve been doing strictly cardio since May and it’s not enough!). Yesterday I bought brand new running shoes which I wanted to test out this morning with a good 20-min HIIT treadmill workout, but I am nursing the end of a cold. I will return to my schedule on Wednesday.

  8. Finn says:

    I’m proud of you!

    Me? Last week I finally got back to weight training after being away for months because of tendonitis (I’ve been doing strictly cardio since May and it’s not enough!). Yesterday I bought brand new running shoes which I wanted to test out this morning with a good 20-min HIIT treadmill workout, but I am nursing the end of a cold. I will return to my schedule on Wednesday.

  9. FGHart says:

    Good for you! I’m going through the same agony trying to get myself back in the groove now that I’m recovered from a foot injury that had me benched for over a month. Wishing you the best as you regain your momentum.

  10. FGHart says:

    Good for you! I’m going through the same agony trying to get myself back in the groove now that I’m recovered from a foot injury that had me benched for over a month. Wishing you the best as you regain your momentum.

  11. the only time of the year when i exercise is the fall and spring…cool temps are perfect for it. winter is too dark & cold, summer is too fucking hot.
    yay you for knowing what you need and doing it!

  12. kristin says:

    That’s funny, I just got up for the first time ever to work out at 530am. I haven’t worked out in about 2 months and honestly? I’ve never been much of an exercise person anyway.

    That fog? GOD HELP ME. I have got to get out of it. It’s getting better; I had to change meds but I’m finally reaching a point where I give a damn about anything. Most importantly, I am ready to be a mom again instead of a lump around the house.

    So I got myself up and you know, it wasn’t that bad. I hope I keep it up and I hope my brain starts to clear up more.

    So go for it!!!

  13. EliseRaimi says:

    I am 8 weeks through a 12 week program that meets 3x a week at 5:30am, it sounds horrific but the only reason I haven’t stopped going is because there is an instructor and the same people every week and I feel accountable (like if someone doesn’t know up we all have to do more).

    Trite but true.

    Good luck!! (And I like the hair!:)

  14. Lora Neely says:

    good girl! Now if I can just use some of the pride I feel for you to get off my own rear end…

    Also, today your site isn’t blocked as porn from my work computer! Hooray!

  15. Abby says:

    Oh my god I know exactly how you feel.

    Sometimes your own body is the only thing that you feel you have control over.

    I run when I’m not doing so good. Like now.

    And it’s so empowering.

  16. Jamie says:

    This time of year it’s hard to strap on a bathing suit and walk out to the pool. (even one indoors). Much less jump in ~ but I did it this morning and once I got started it was great. It’s just jumping in that’s so flippin hard. Keep it up. j

  17. Marni says:

    You go girl! I’m on a mission to become the biggest fat ass I ever was. Sigh…What do you do to keep motivated?

  18. I wake up and think “Oh, hell, no. Not this again.” And I grumble constantly, as I’m getting ready, as I’m driving to the gym or walking out my driveway to the sidewalk, and I piss and moan throughout whatever workout I’m doing. When I’m done? DAMN! Do I feel good! I have to keep telling myself, through all the grumbling, that there’s a payoff. Sometimes, I don’t think my body believes me.

    Glad you’re back in the saddle. :)

    • Miss Britt says:

      ME TOO!! Thank God I have the experience now of being able to say “no,
      really, you’ll be glad you did this. TRUST ME.”

      But, yes, I have to convince myself over and over again. I was not blessed
      with a natural love for physical activity.

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