Ugh. That damn Shaun T. And his freaking ripped body.
Today I did the Insanity fitness test--a baseline to see what you're able to do--something to check in with in another couple weeks to monitor my progress. Except, I'm still just doing the 30 minute "stretching/recovery" routine three times a week--to get up-to-snuff enough for me to do the Insanity routine without hurting myself. Frikking Shaun T.
I sucked pretty bad. In fact, it's pretty discouraging. I kind of feel like I'll never be fit again--and I'm not chubby at all. Compared to most I'm slender and healthy. I eat well, don't smoke, don't drink to excess, don't have a sweet tooth. I eat reasonable portions, I haven't had junk food in years, I'm careful with salt and suger--and very aware and wary of chemical additives. I enjoy cooking from scratch and understand nutrition (thank you, mom!). I'm on zero medications and hope never to need to be. I've got a pretty clean system for this day and age. But even so, I'm not in good shape for me. And I feel it.
My cardio fitness is poor and the last couple years I've had a series of mild injuries that have lingered. I'm also at a point where I feel like I'd better start working working out into my life routine--or I'll be in danger of further injuries, and poor health as I age. That was the most frustrating thing--I had to be SO careful about the form and taking care of my right wrist and shoulder--two weak points that are easy to injure. I'm also recuperating, not very well, from a neck injury---and it's still fragile, easy to restrain. It's irritating. I am so SLOW because I have to really be certain I'm braced just right--or I'll hurt those weak areas again. It's frustrating! But I didn't want to wuss out and not do the exercises.
I'm typing this up, because right now, I feel pretty shitty and disappointed by how I feel and how weak I seem to be. I kind of feel let down by my body. But I'm hoping that maybe in a month, I'll feel a little bit better? And maybe in a month after that I might feel more ok? And maybe by May I'll not only be stronger, but maybe my joint issues will be better? I really hope that I can better stabilize my joints, be stronger physically, and not feel so brittle and breakable. And I really want to work on my cardio fitness so my heart can be in better health.
Exercising sucks, though. Yuck. Looking at you, Shaun T.