The First Few Weeks Of Working Out Are The Hardest

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Time To Jumpstart My Weight Loss

After the new year hit, I made a goal that I was going to start working out again 6 days a week, and that I was going to lose the final 30-35 pounds that I’ve been wanting to lose. I’ve lost 20 already, but I still have that nagging 30 left to drop.

Over the years I’ve begun to realize that when you’re beginning a workout program, one of the hardest things to do is just to start, and then to maintain your activity over the long haul.

I’ve never had a hard time starting a workout program, I’ve done lots of those. I’ve always had a problem completing or maintaining a regular workout schedule. The first few weeks of working out are always the hardest.  Once you’ve been doing it for 3-4 weeks it starts becoming more of a habit.

Yesterday I restarted my 6 days a week workout schedule. I have to tell you I was dreading it. I was happily content being a couch potato that last few months. The problem is, my waistline was starting to show it, and I had to get moving again.

First Two Days Of Working Out

Last night I went running for the first time in months on our nearly new treadmill that we bought last spring. I set it to do a high intensity cardio workout running about a mile and a half varying speeds and inclines anywhere from 3 mph and 1 incline all the way up to 5 incline and 6.5 mph.

It was pretty hard jumping back in after all these months, but once I got going, it felt really good. I started to remember how good it feels to workout. How you can feel your muscles pumping, and sweat starting to pour down your brow, and getting into rhythm with the music.

It wasn’t my best workout ever, but it was a good re-start.

Tonight I did my upper body weight workout. I did sets of 12, 10, 8, 6 and two sets of 12 for my pecs, shoulders, triceps, back and biceps. One thing I’ve noticed is that when you haven’t lifted for a while, you usually will get pretty sore the next day. Your body takes a while to adjust. So I’m expecting some soreness tomorrow.

So, I’m back on the wagon – I’m working out, eating healthier, and I’m sure I’ll knock these 30 pounds out in no time!

What’s your experience in losing weight? Have you found the first few weeks to be the hardest?



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AndrewE January 6, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Good man. Always good to get back into it.

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Jason January 7, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Hi there. Good post. Great job on getting back into the flow. I lost 130 lbs. When I started, I took the exercise really easy. I did 12 minutes on a stationary bike for 3 days a week. Every 10 lbs I lost I added more time and other activities. As time went on it kept growing and I have now finished 7 marathons and 4 ultras up to a 50 miler. Anything is possible.
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Peter January 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Wow, that’s impressive. While I don’t need to lose that much, it’s amazing to hear what the human body can do when it is put to the test, instead of letting it sit dormant on the couch. :)

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Healthygirl January 8, 2009 at 3:13 am

Every time I had to re-start a workout program I was dreading it. But now I promise myself not to let it goes more than a few days before I turn things around.

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JC January 9, 2009 at 11:26 pm

For me the first few weeks back to training are the hardest only because of the DOMS. I always hate the 2-3 days after my squat workout after I have been on vacation for a week or two.

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