Friday, October 27, 2006

Oh, My Aching Rear!

In an effort to be healthier and in order to lose a couple of pounds that have recently snuck up on me, I've been hitting the gym pretty hard lately. I spend a lot of time on the elliptical machines, and also attend a couple of classes. I love the classes, but the elliptical machines are so much nicer to me. I can actually walk the day after I use the ellipticals. After the classes, though? Not so much.

Last Wednesday I went to a class called "Step and Sculpt". This meant that we spent about 20 minutes stepping, 10 minutes lifting weights, another 20 minutes stepping, and then 10 more minutes doing ab exercises. The day after this class I was a little sore, but still mobile. I spent practically the whole day in the car though, and that was apparently a bad idea because on Friday I could barely walk. I went shopping with my mom and sister and they were walking behind me laughing hysterically at my attempts to walk normally. And stairs? Forget about it. My knees were not working well. Last Saturday I was finally able to move almost normally, and by Monday I was back at the gym and pain-free.

So last night I decided to tempt fate again, only this time with the "Cardio Kickboxing" class, which I like to describe as "Tae Bo on Steroids". This is one hard-core class. Last night was the first time I made it through without feeling like I was going to die or throw up, or maybe both. However, my rear end is so sore today that it pains me to sit. It hurts more to walk, though, so I'll choose the sitting pain. My left ear is in pain too, but I'm not sure I can tie that one back to the class. I may have slept on that side all night last night to avoid moving and subsequently waking myself up with a jolt of pain.

I really don't know why I do this to myself, other than I must be a glutton for punishment. Aaron always tells me to take it easier, but also gives me a hard time if I'm not at the gym since we pay so much for it. So, next week I'll be back at the "Step and Sculpt" version of hell. I'm just hoping that my body adjusts eventually so that I can do these classes and not feel like I need to swallow a bottle of motrin the next day. Because, seriously? I feel like asking someone to put me out of my misery today. Think I'm overdoing it? Or is the pain a good thing, a la "no pain, no gain"?


At 10/27/2006 12:10 PM, Anonymous ali said...

i hate you. my gym membership expires at the end of the month and the husband won't let me renew. grrr...

At 10/27/2006 1:35 PM, Blogger Kelley said...

Are you overdoing it? Well, the ability to walk is kind of overrated when you consider how good it feels to finally slide back into your "skinny jeans". Just, like, get a wheelchair or something. Maybe a Segway?

Your post cracked me up, because I am the same way after I work-out (which I rarely do, unfortunately). Also, I have this embarrassing thing where I get really dizzy after I get off the treadmill. Is that normal? I have almost fallen flat on my face so many times while trying to get off those things...

At 10/27/2006 3:43 PM, Blogger CPA Mom said...

And here I was thinking I'm not hurting enough. I only make it to the Y 2 times a week. It's not enough. I can't get there in time for the classes either which are my favorite. I can't get there until after 8 pm though. pain, no loss (weight).

At 10/27/2006 3:54 PM, Anonymous Audrey said...

I've experienced that so-sore-my-knees-don't-work feeling before, and it is not pleasant -- as you know.

I would maybe ease up just a little. There's good sore, and there's so sore you can't walk, and I'm not sure the latter is a good thing. But maybe if you stay active this time after step and sculpt it'll be better!


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