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Yet Another Workout Story!

Posted Mar 19 2009 6:24am

I've been meaning to write about this - it happened a couple of weeks ago, but I keep getting "exercise-induced amnesia" after my workouts and I forget about it. Does this happen to anybody else? I think it's my mind's way of protecting if I think about what I just did, it would be too much for my brain to wrap around. Anyway, I digress. So here's the story:

One thing I did on a Wednesday workout was to walk on the treadmill at an incline of 12 while wearing a 20-pound weighted vest, thanks to Will's evil scheming. I swear, he gets a glint in his eyes as he comes up with our torture exercise. Anyway, it was tough! And later, when I had time to think, I realized that I used to carry the equivalent of more than THREE of those 20-pound vests with me all the time. Now, I can't imagine wearing three-plus 20-pound weight vests, yet I used to do that ALL THE TIME. No wonder I was so sedentary! It's darn hard to get moving with that much extra weight.

I need to remember this, and also give myself a pat on the back for improving my life by losing weight. It's come off over such a relatively long period of time that I've forgotten how heavy I was. But just as an alcoholic should never forget their last drunk, I should never forget how big I was. Otherwise, I might let the weight creep back on. And that, my friends, is unacceptable to me.

Oh, and no measurements this week...apparently you should take them before you work out (as opposed to right after) because your muscles temporarily swell from the exercise. So we'll have to remember to do them next week. That's all right, though - my clothes are looser, so I know things are shrinking.

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