Back in January I made one of my goals for 2014 to start back at the gym lifting weights again. Well, I finally did it! Yesterday before yoga I bought my gym membership to the Recreation Centre at Royal Roads University (RRU). Since I work at RRU there is no reason why I can’t go.
It has been about a year and a half since I have had a membership which is new for me but an injury to my shoulder took me away from it. I nervous about going back because I know my ability to lift weights that I used to lift is gone. I know that crunches are going to be harder and so are many other exercises for the first few months but I am ready for the challenge. I know as well that some days will be mentally harder on me because I will compare myself to how I was but my plan is try not do that. I am excited to see the changes over the next few months.
So, how am I going to start out? Well, I have old workouts that I was given by a personal trainer when I first moved to Victoria in 2008. I am going to copy one of those workouts over onto a new piece of paper and start from scratch. I will start with the weights that Mimi gave me originally and go from there. Week by week I will start to increase my weights when things start to get easy feeling. I will take it one day at a time and I look forward to feeling soreness in my muscles and the challenge of getting myself back to the gym.
What challenges you at the gym? Have you ever stopping going for a bit and then went back? What helped you?