Monday I went to the gym for the initial measurements and obligatory pictures which announced the beginning of the "Gold's Gym 12-Week Challenge". The goal: to spur on the muscle building, to tone them, and to lose weight by the end of the 12-weeks. The added bonus: for each person who makes the biggest change in their bodies in each of the 10 age categories (5 for women, 5 for men), there is a cash prize. Not that I'm focusing on that. Really. I'm not. Personally, I am looking for challenges to help me reach my eventual goal. (The weight loss hasn't been entirely forth-coming; however, my waist size has changed so something good is occuring.)
Anyway, later Monday night I had my weekly appointment with my trainer. He asked me, "What would you like to do this week?" I responded with, "I don't know. Why don't you challenge me?"
Shut up, you stupid mouth.
It's two days later, and I'm feeling the effects from the "challenge". Shoulders, neck, arms, legs, glutes -- yep, every single one of them is aching. I have to admit, though, it was quite a bit of fun. Tonight will be my regular routine, which is less harsh than Monday's exercise, but should help stretch the muscles a bit more and hopefully lessen the ache.
Unfortunately, my daytime routine has been thrown out the window for much of this week. On a typical day, I go out for a walk during my lunch half-hour. This week I've been in the training room teaching the new employees, so the lunchtime stroll hasn't happened for the past few of days. I just really need to kick up my game a notch and focus on the goal.