Assessing the damage

First day back at the gym. Just looked up my prior stats. I had lost 21lbs before being sick. I didn't go to the gym for a month while being as sedentary as I could due to illness. I went out east and ate whatever I want when I wanted. I stepped on the scale and expected to be sorely disappointed. I put on 5 lbs. I know that is roughly 25% of what I lost but all things considered that is ok. I can burn that in a week once I get back in the groove.

I know I can drop that weight and get back into gear. The only problem is getting back into work out shape. The average male requires 2,000 calories a day and the average female requires 1,800. My personal best on the elliptical was 1,211 calories in one hour. Today I barely missed doing 16 minutes and and my calories spent was pathetic.

My immediate goal is to get myself back into workout shape so I can do the hour. After I hit that I will work on heart rate and calories burned.

Today I was made the mistake of having the fan blow on me during the workout. Normally this is a good thing but cold air triggers my cough and that was a big mistake. That was the biggest reason I had to get off the machine.

You don't eat prior to working out. You don't want the blood rushing to your stomach to digest food when you need it other places. This was a good thing today. Not eating means I only dry heaved thanks to my esophagus/silent reflex problem. I expected some issues and got hit with that one. I'm looking forward to going back to the Gym tomorrow sans fan and see how I do.

I'm very competitive and for once this is working out in my favor. I can't stand not doing as well as my average when going to they gym and I often try to outdo myself. If I use my head this is just good old fashion motivation as long as I don't over do it.

I made it back for the first time after a month off. I pushed myself without getting hurt. I have a base line to improve from. Looking back on today's results they ended up a bit better then I expected.

Suck it up and drive on.

~The Dad