Category : Workout

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I am finally not sick any more which means that I can go back to the gym in the morning.  Yessssss!

I was down for twelve days where the illness won.  I had one ER visit, one doctor visit and five medicines prescribed. Sickness, you won that round.  However, there are several more rounds to go and I will do everything I can to win those.

I am really ready to get back into my workout routine and eating routine. When you are sick, unfortunately, you get away from the routine you were in while fighting to beat the illness.  I know I will have to start small again and work my way back up to where I was before the illness.  I am so okay with that. I just want to get started.

I am going to the gym in the morning for a 5am workout.  I find that if I get a solid workout done in the mornings, then the rest of the day I can solely focus on what I put in my body to fuel it.  I also find that I do not use excuse of being tired after work as to why I didn’t go for a workout. Reprogramming myself to wake up early again will be a task, but it is definitely something I will get done. The plan is to get some cardio in and if time permits, I will do some resistant training on arms. My gym bag is packed and I am ready to hit the floor running, so I better get ready to go to bed so that I am able to wake up. Looking forward to the exercising tomorrow.

Until I blog again,

Tonight I thought to myself to break up the monotony of my workout routine, I would take my basketball to the gym and shoot some shots. To make it a solid workout, I promised myself that after I shot the ball, that I would hustle to gather my rebound instead of walking to get the rebound. I wanted this to be fun, but I really wanted to get a good sweat in too. I put on my wireless headphones, had my music, my ball and to the gym I went. When I first got there, there were only two young boys there (maybe 11-12 years old) which was cool because I was able to get one half of the gym to myself. Minutes later, three other teenage looking boys came in, making it a total of six folks in the gym, including me, The boys wanted to play three-on-three, half court, but that would mean they needed me to play to make the teams even. When they first asked me, I told them no as I knew I wasn’t ready to play competitively, even against young boys.  With my weight being 358 (I haven’t weighed yet to see if I lost from my original weight that I talked about in this post) I know the movement in basketball, the jumping and the fast past that teenage boys play at would be too much, so I initially said no.  However, that no didn’t last long. About 25 minutes had passed and I was hoping someone would come in so that they could play, but no one had showed up.  I looked at the other end of the court and saw that one boy had to sit out as the other four had started a game of two-on-two.  At that point, I went down and said to them, add me to a team and let the little guy sitting out on the other team.  Whew!!!

I ended up playing two games.  It was so hard. I was out of breathe. The competitor in me wanted to do the things that I used to be able to do while playing basketball in high school and college, but I could not do it. Instead, I was a liability on defense as the young man I was guarding was a deer and was running every where.  I had to remind myself during the games that this was a workout for me and that I knew it would be hard, but to keep moving. I did that and I was happy in the end.  After the two games, I sat on the sideline on the bench for about 25 minutes. Why did I do that? When I got up to leave, it was hard to get up because my joints where hurting.  I managed to get home where I took a bath to soak my bones and as I am writing this post, I am paying for the basketball workout this evening. I am sore, whew!

I know I am not ready to move like I moved tonight, but I am still happy that I did it. And I haven’t decided yet, but Friday evenings for my workout, I may do this weekly. I want to see how I feel tomorrow and how I recover before I make the final decision. One of my long-term goals is to be able to play a full court basketball game again.  I have work to do, but I will get there.  I am paying for the basketball I played tonight, but I will be very honest, I felt good to be back on a court that once was my “comfort zone” for years while I played competitively. I will be back in some fashion one day.

Until I blog again,

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