Getting back into shape is terrible. Especially when you go from working out/running a ton to absolutely nothing for three to four months. This is essentially what I have done, although I did go on a few slogs and put a little time in on the spin bike. Now, as I try to get in shape again for real, my most recent memory of working out is from this summer, when I was getting pretty fit, and could work out really hard. This makes it that much more shocking to see what state my body is really in.
I got a glimpse into the extent of my deconditioning about a month ago, when I went to hot yoga over Thanksgiving break. I wore my tiny hot yoga shorts I like, which revealed my legs to myself for the first time in months. Instead of the (relatively) defined legs I remembered, I suddenly had little twigs with Jello wrapped around them, that jiggled with minimal prompting. As soon as that yoga class was over, I covered my legs back up and vowed not to look at them again until I had reason to believe that they would be at least somewhat less jiggly.
With the start of the New Year, I have been doing a good job of working out more, but it’s taking a lot of mental energy to ignore the depressing fact that I have so much more work to do just to get to ground zero. I have always just assumed that my body is naturally in pretty good shape, but I guess that’s because I’ve always worked out at least semi-consistently. As it turns out, if I don’t work out at all then my body turns to jelly! This must be what Britney felt like during her comeback from crazy (I know she still looked good, but she was in amazing shape before, so this was definitely a downgrade).
What I want to know is, does it take just as long to get back into shape as it did to decondition myself? Anyone else try to do this recently with success? Anyone know how long it took Britney? My Nike+ FuelBand is definitely helping, but I could use some kind of light at the end of the tunnel to keep me going!