Workout Update

I realize that’s an odd title, since I’m not known to work out. In fact, however, I started back up almost two weeks ago (does it count as “starting back up” if it’s been many, many years?). I was keeping it a secret, trying for a “surprise, look at me!” for the wedding, but… that’s not really working for me.

Plus, I’m feeling chatty today.

I’ve been enjoying the combination of FitTV and my DVR to explore the possibilities. My goal is actually to find a video or two that I like to purchase, but I do like the ability to try them all out first. and I explored what was on Netflix, so there are a few coming for me from there too. And as I was reading through old Real Simple magazines last night, I found an article on workout videos, so I pulled that out.


So I’ve got my yoga/workout mat, and my 2-lb weights (that I purchased after the tendinitis incident with the goal of building up the muscles around my elbows in hopes of avoiding that pain again). I’ve deleted a few recordings because the person in charge scared me, or because the yoga instructions just didn’t make sense, or whatever. I’m working my way through. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • Working out, whether aerobic or yoga, has definitely improved my posture, which was one of my goals.
  • It has not, however, solved my shoulder problem like I’d hoped.
  • I’m not really as out of shape as I thought. Just very, very inflexible.
  • Doing aerobics/cardio regularly should hopefully build up my lung capacity and my stamina enough to be able to start running sometime this decade.
  • Yoga with weights is not to be taken lightly. 2-lb weights might sound wimpy, but when they’re just tacked on to a rather lengthy yoga workout (not relaxation exercise, but workout, meaning sweaty), they’re brutal.
  • Workouts like yoga and aerobics and cardio, once I get the hang of them, make me much more comfortable in my own skin and with my body. Not in the “I look better now” sort of way, but in a “oh, my body is OK the way it is” way. Does that make sense?
  • Doing yoga after/while drinking wine is trippy. I don’t recommend. Perhaps if you have better circulation than I do (since yoga generally makes me a bit light-headed, between the deep breathing and inverted postures and the up and down of it all), you wouldn’t have that problem.
  • I do like that I’ve been able to work out in the privacy of my bedroom, and am therefore able to totally mess things up, look like an idiot, and wear whatever it is I feel like, and not care. I will have to come up with a solution to this when I move in with . It may involve getting over myself and being less self-conscious. Hmm. I’ve been working on that since I was what, 10 years old?

So there you have it. Not terribly deep, I realize. But, like I said, I’m feeling chatty today. , you should have something to comment, right?