The first day back in the gym after a hiatus—or what I like to call “Day One”—has been my worst fear ever since I first heard my foot surgeon say “No exercise until healed.” That was a month ago. In that month I sat, and hobbled and sat some more. I ate well, but did engage in some naughty holiday fun. All of that combined with time led to one heck of a hard Day One.
Before my surgery, I used to be able to run without really thinking about it. I trained for and ran a marathon, I took classes and boosted my weights to 15-pounders because I was building muscle. All of these awesome accomplishments were running through my head as I gasped and watched as my scrawny arms shook through my very first push-up on my first day back at the gym.
It’s so hard starting over y’all, but it’s possible. Whether it’s been a month or years, a post-injury comeback or a true first-time workout session, we’re all in the same boat. I won’t lie. It’s challenging as heck and a bruise to the ego. Flashing montages of my previous fit self ran through my tired brain, but facing that darn Day One was so freakin’ necessary.
I need the huffing and puffing up my stairs to end. I want to move effortlessly again. And that, my friends, requires a Day One.
My Day One was so freaking hard, too. The push-ups, the TRX exercises, the weights…workouts that used to come so easily for me were now winding me like a mofo, as you’ll see below. It wasn’t easy, but I did it. And since then, each day has gotten better and better—each pull a little sweeter.
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Have you started your Day One or are you trying? I know exactly what you’re going through, and I’m here to say it gets better. There’s only one Day One you’ll have to endure if you keep persistence in your morning smoothies! —Tish