{ work it out }

About a week and a half ago, we joined a local 24-hour gym. It is very convenient, because I’m sure we’ll be working out at 3 a.m… I am really enjoying it, other than the occasional gym rat scouting for guys (which is obvious by how they dress). We made an appointment with a trainer for the first of our 3 visits for our history and exercise assessments, etc.

I immediately fell in love with the rowing machine. I wanted to row forever, until about the third day. It is definitely a good workout for your entire body! We tried out the treadmills and a few of the weight machines. Surprisingly after 5 days, I really wasn’t that sore. On day 6, we had our second appointment with a trainer for exercise assessment for range of motion, how our backs and shoulders looked while doing certain exercises, and to see what we could and couldn’t do, just so he knows what we need to work on. (Just FYI – for me… A LOT). This appointment only lasted about 45 minutes and I really wouldn’t qualify it as a “workout,” it involved lots of standing around as my husband and I took turns doing certain things. Our trainer gave us tips along the way, like how to hold your shoulders and how to breathe, the entire time.

Apparently he knows what he’s doing, because the next day I was more sore than any of the previous days – just holding your shoulders a certain way targeted muscles that it didn’t before when we used the same weight machines.

So far there’s only been one drawback:  NO REAL WEIGHT LOSS. I’ve had such good losses up until we joined and the first few days, but for the last week, I’ve lost virtually nothing. I’m not really pleased with this at all. I know it takes time for your body to catch up, especially when starting a whole new workout routine, but it is very frustrating when you feel like you are doing more and more to lose weight and getting less and less results.

I’m at a crossroads — do I just stick it out and see if the weight loss finally comes after the muscles recover some? Or do i start tweaking my macros again? Or both?

For now, I’m going to finally get in a rest day today (which I’m sure I should have already done), and just hang in there and see what happens… hopefully it will all “work out.”

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