A long time ago in a land far away... oh wait, that's a different story.
Anyway, about 3 years ago during one of my attempts to lose weight I joined a Body Pump class as the YMCA. I remembered that the mornings I'd go that my arms would be shaking and by that afternoon picking up a pencil felt like an accomplishment. My new co-worker is a natural athlete who played a lot of sports through HS and college and is currently training for a local triathlon. So when I heard that she goes to a lunch time Body Pump class twice a week, I thought it was the perfect way to help me get into some sort of an exercise routine.
On Thursday, I went with co-worker and was really excited even though I couldn't do the planks at the end of the class. Back at work, I laughed as I walked - trying to control the jello that was doing it's best to support me. Oh. my. gosh!!! My legs hadn't worked that hard in years!
By Friday, [possible TMI moment] the simple task of sitting down to use the restroom was excruciating! I definitely didn't remember this aftereffect of the class. I definitely didn't realize how much we use our thigh muscles to sit and stand. O.U.C.H!!! My arms? They're tender, but not sore. Now, I do know that different circuits of the class work different body parts. I'm not discouraged and I do plan on going back, but wow! I can't take ibuprofen, so Icy Hot is my new best friend. I need to keep moving today...to work out some of the soreness. But I'm first waiting for the Icy Hot to settle in before I shower and get out for the morning.
Even in the pain, I'm thankful. Thankful that God has truly given me the strength and desire to get healthy. I know that the pain is temporary and that the long-term benefits will beyond my wildest dreams!
"I praise you [God] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~Psalm 139:14