Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I did it.

I showed up.

Miraculously my key still worked.

After six months of not using it.

The familiar sounds of people grunting and wincing with pain could be heard.

Okay, maybe that was just me.

The point is I did it.

I went back to the gym last night.

My head held low and my self esteem in my back pocket.

I started with a brief walk on the treadmill to get my heart rate up.

That took all of 52 seconds.

I knew I was in trouble.

Moving right along.

I made my way to the free weights.

I worked on my lower body.

My trouble spots.

Hips, thighs, knees, and ankles.

My knees and ankles are really fine, but I wanted to see instant results.

You didn't think that was going to happen with my thighs did you?

I thought I could pick up where I left off six months ago.

So I adjusted the weights as I had before.

I ended my workout with 25 minutes on the elliptical.

I am not kidding you when I say that I had to relearn how to WALK this morning.

I hope the old saying is still true: No pain, no gain.

I am definitely feeling the pain.

But it was invigorating and I felt an enormous sense of accomplishment.

Who am I kidding?

It hurt like hell and I sweated my hinney off!

But the motivation is there.

My 20th class reunion.

Need I say more?

And the inspiration was there too.

Jen, of Daily Mish Mash issued a challenge.

I accepted.

I may not be looking so great by November, but look out 2009!

I will be looking fine.

Anyone else want to join me in my quest for smaller thighs and a leaner backside?

Click here to join.


duchess said...

I'd love to join you but I'm not much for a public weight loss routine. I hate to disappoint people.
If I just work on it silently - if I fail, no one will know.
Now, let me go do some time on the stairmaster to offset lunch.

Hope those legs are feeling better.

Marla said...

good for you... jealous am i...

The Mom said...

Great job! Keep up the good work!

Kristen said...

Good for you Wendi!

Working out is hard work, but isn't it great to feel better! :)

Keep up the fight!!

The White House said...

You go girl! I would love to join you, but being pregnant and all...

I am going for looking thin in 2010!

Carol said...

There is something to be said for easing yourself back into it. You went all gung ho eh?

Hope the soreness wears off quickly honey.

Way to go Wendi!! I am proud of you.

Elaine A. said...

Yay Wendi, that's awesome!! Keep it up. I've been working out for about 2 months now and I can see a difference (well in a few places anyway...)

Queen B said...

I do want to join you, but I've just got to figure out if I want to do it enough to actually do it.

Krystyn said...

My quest starts in October!

Good for you for going back....and the aerobics instructor in me says that you will feel 100X better if you go exercise today again! Warm those muscles up!

The Reed's said...

YAY!! Way to go...

Now I just need to start with your motivation and get out and exercise.. Good Luck!!

Beachy Mimi said...

I am so proud of you! What an inspiration. I hope your sore time ends quickly

Cade and Brittany said...

Yeah I am so proud of you. I thought about working out but didnt and now I have no excuse. I hope to look super fine by 2009!!

Susan said...

That's awesome! Way to go! You should be back to your normal walk in a few days and then you will feel so good about the work you are putting into rocking the reunion. Knock em dead!

amanda said...

yay you honey!!

long distance high five!!

Mamasphere said...

Way to go!

That first time back is always the hardest. I still haven't been able to make myself do it.

snow said...

When my hubby is back in town, I may be up for the challenge. I need to be there and not to get in shape for a class reunion. Just to look at myself in the mirror each morning!

You can do it! Thanks for inspiring me!

Stacy said...

I just started reading yout blog and I have to say, I love it!!!

I just started going back to the gym a few weeks ago and it sucks, it does, but I am trying so hard cause I am a fat cow and I need to work it, haha.

Good luck my dear and all your friends in blog world are rooting for you!!!

Jen said...

You are officially added as a challenge participant. I hope that we can support and encourage each other in this journey.

I just thought I'd let you know that the first 3 times I worked out this past week I was soooo sore. Day 4 and I'm finally not feeling as sore--yay! I guess that means my muscles are growing stronger. Keep us posted. :)

Emy5 said...

Way to go Wendi. You know that you hurt because your muscles are growing and that's a good thing, right? Keep right on going sista!

Sue said...


Good for you to walk back into your gym. That is such a hard thing to do when you haven't been in a long time!

No matter what, you will look better than the balding men in your graduating class! :)

just jamie said...

Hold on a sec...(crunch, munch, crunch)... I couldn't hear you over my bag of cookies I've been eating.

(WHY is it that my pre-menstrual week sends me into a snacking-freaking-frenzy? And by snacking I mean eating 2 bags of Swedish fish, a chocolate mochi ball, and a granola bar in the past 14 minutes? ... AFTER dinner ... AND dessert!)

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

My Wii FIt and I will be cheering you on as I sweat off my gut {I hope!} Been trying to work off this thing for a month now and I've been feeling it too! Happy sweating!:)

Stephanie said...

Oooh! I like that "Looking Fine by 2009"! We have our 10 yr renunion next year, but I am not yet decided on going or not. But I'd love to be motivated enough to work on something...Hmmm...