Suffer in silence! This is a saying we have in our family. When someone starts whining one of us will look at the other and offer up that admonishment. But NO, NO! I’m not going to suffer in silence. I’m going to share with all of you, my lucky friends.
The week before the New Year I re-doubled my efforts to gain some lean muscle. I added daily (with Sunday’s off) chin ups to a more aggressive lifting routine. Today everything hurts. Everything! My legs are fatigued and shaky, my triceps are on fire, my back is sore…very, very sore. I keep looking at my pull up bar and the idea of even trying a chin up is horrifying.
The reason I’m telling you this is that people often have the mistaken impression that once you’re a seasoned lifter, you no longer face the spectre of intense soreness when you work out. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Every time you make significant changes that challenge your body in new ways, you’re going to feel it. All the newbies out there who are just embarking on their road to fitness, take heart. It happens to everybody who actually pushes the way you must to achieve the results you want. It’s just part of the game.
There’s a saying…EMBRACE THE SUCK. And you know what? I would, except I can’t lift my arms. I’ll just have to embrace it in my mind…and I do. Oh yes, I DO! If you don’t already, you’ll learn over the course of time to look for, chase and even embrace that particular “I did it to myself” feeling.
Now I must excuse myself and go do some chin ups!