To The Gym Today

So, I went to the gym today for the first time since 2015 I think. I didn’t do much; some chest exercise, shoulder, and back. Then I did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine.

too_muchIt was weird watching all of the younger guys in the gym. Many of them were using too much weight as indicated by their horrible form. I remembered myself at their ages working out the same way. Eventually, I hurt my back, shoulders, and irritated what doctors call degenerative disc disease.

Today, I was careful about only using enough weight to stimulate my muscles. I only used the machines; no free weights. I did not want to come out of there with any un-natural pains. I only wanted to do what my doctor wanted me to do. Get a little exercise.

Woman Doctor cartoonMy new doctor is a little intense. She scares me a little even. Every time I see her, I get the impression that I am just a little closer to my own demise. She is very driven to make me healthier. I guess I should be grateful, but, like I said, she scares me a little bit.

So, I don’t know if going to the gym is a thing for me yet. I am almost always in some sort of pain. Making it an everyday thing, or a 3 day a week thing would be difficult for me. I want to. I just don’t know if I can. I may be able to do some walking, but even that can be difficult at times. Then again, some walking or other exercises may be what I need.

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16 Pounds!

I started almost 12 weeks ago in the gym. I weighed 260 lbs., and now I am down to 244 for a total loss of 16. For weeks I was fluxuating between 253 and 249. I didn’t think I would ever break through. It may not last long. I may be back up to 250 in 2 days, the way my weight has been fluxuating.

Anyway, I had a really good leg workout today. I tried lesser weight and higher reps and double the usual amount of sets I normally do. Well, on the leg press anyway. I thought I was not going to make it through the full workout. And the 45 minutes of cardio afterward seemed to last forever. I am pretty sure I’m gonna be quite sore tomorrow.

That’s all I got. I was just excited about the 16 pounds.