Thursday, October 17, 2013

Working out: How to get back to the grind

I'm back in the thick of working out again. No more excuses. I let it slide, I have to get back on track, that's all. Sometimes easier said than done, I know. But it can be done. I've done it before.

For starters, I need to find that motivation. Some folks relate exercise to eating. They look at exercise as their ticket to guilt-free eating. I don't. I don't believe that's how it works. I simply enjoy working out. I like the endorphin rush and the feel-good-after. And tank tops being my regular garb, I have to get my definition back.

Getting back to the grind isn't always a smooth path though. At best, there will be false starts. This is real life, not Keeping Up With the Fardashians. I may get all enthusiastic one morning and beat myself up for a half hour, then nothing for 3 days. It's sometimes slow-going at first but once I get my rhythm back, it's all going to work out, literally.

I don't try to do too much at first. You fire up a disused engine, it's bound to splutter for a bit. I just listen to my body and if it says, I'm tired, I say, okay, fine, let's stop here today. I was sore at first, that's normal, but it's important to give your muscles time to recover and get readjusted. So I usually start out light, go easy and ease back into things.

I'm back on track now. It's been 3, 4 weeks. I'm so crazy I even work out on Sundays. Heck, I never work out on Sundays. What's wrong with me (lol)? But that's just how good it feels to be back.

Anyone else starting to work out after a break? Care to share your tips? I'm sure we could all use some fresh ideas. If you're finding it hard to reestablish your workout routine, you might want to give my tips a try and let me know how they work for you :)


  1. My motivation for exercising is that it clears my mind of worrying. I look forward to being able to not overthink and stress out.

    stopping by from the zoo's blog hop! new follower via bloglovin!

  2. I know how you feel :) Some times signing up for something like a race can be the motivation you need and a fun goal.
    Good luck and keep up the good work!

  3. I haven't had a break since I started exercising in May. I get my workout done first thing in the morning before work.

  4. @Cassandra
    I love getting it done with first thing too, then I don't have to think about it the rest of the day.

    I'm not sure I'm up to a race yet but it sure would be a great motivator and a great way to meet people too.

    Good point, me too. I'm usually in a good mood after my workout.

  5. Awesome! I wrote a post about running for beginners. It's so important though just to DO IT! Great job keeping at it!

  6. LOVE THIS! I recently took a slight break from working out. You know how it goes...1 thing leads to another then...CRAP - I haven't been to the gym in a month. I got re-motivated last week but am working on making it my routine again. I blame my husband...he switched his gym time and it messed up my groove. I know that I WILL get it back! Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Follow Along!

  7. Love your determination - I WILL get back, you go girl!!

  8. Oh yes, the dreaded break. I vowed to take a one week break...6 months ago. Just getting back to it now myself.

  9. Sadly, I've fallen off track too. I need to find some motivation and get back to it. And stay at it.
    Now following via bloglovin as well.


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