Since jumping on the Mamavation bandwagon, I've been sore. While I was on winter break, I kept up with most of the hazing workouts and some of the moves really kicked my butt (lunges in particular). At that point, I realized that my workouts haven't been doing everything that I'd like, so the soreness prompted me to change my entire workout routine. I'm doing a 100 push up challenge and although I'm almost done with week 2, my shoulders are STILL sore. I've started doing planks and have more than doubled my time over the last week. As a result, my abs are sore. I bought a couple of Tae Bo DVDs. I loved Billy Blanks 10 years ago, but this afternoon, when I popped the 10 minute workouts disc in, I cursed him. Now, my quads are sore.
Sore, sore, sore, sore, sore...
Here's the thing...I'm not really complaining. I like the feeling of achy muscles. I know that I'm working hard and I love the fact that my body is responding to it. I can feel myself getting stronger and becoming more powerful. When I picked up my 38 pound daughter to put her in the cart at Costco today, it was easy. That was exactly what I hoped would happen. I'm literally becoming healthier for my family. Today, N asked me if I was going to do push ups. She wanted to join me. How cool is it that at the age of 3, she understands that exercise is good for you. I've been very careful to ensure that she doesn't associate my lifestyle with weight loss, rather it's all about being healthy. At dinner tonight, she told me that she loved the quinoa I made for her and my heart melted.
The best development of the week is that my husband started a couch to 5k program. He's in great shape as a result of eating well and strength training 3-4 times per week for like, forever. His downfall is cardio. He will attempt the elliptical, but gets bored immediately and gives up. He doesn't have a bike and frankly, the weather in our city doesn't make biking easy. Anyway, he's been paying attention to the fact that I'm shaking up my routines and he decided to do the same. He went for his first run yesterday and really enjoyed it. I think he's also really liking the alone time that running affords. :)
So, although I'm sore, I'm thankful. My family is healthy and continuing down this lifestyle change with me. I couldn't be happier about the aches and pains in my muscles because they're proof that I'm doing something right.