Last week was a challenge for me, especially because so many of my beloved routines were taken away from me, including regular intensity workouts. As a result, from last Monday’s surgery until after my dental appointment yesterday morning, I took a few very slow walks and that was it.
Once the dentist cleared me to slowly & gently resume my normal workout routine, I went home, changed into workout clothes, and hit the gym. I was planning to go pretty easy anyway because Monday is always an easy workout day for me, but I was really surprised at how sluggish and out of shape I felt. It was barely a week, for pity’s sake! So I decided to move Week 5, Day 1 of my Couch to 5K to tomorrow/Wednesday and do some more walking today. Probably a good decision although I was absolutely drenched after a walk that wouldn’t have even winded me a week ago.
I look at it this way: I had major surgery a little over a week ago and my body is recovering from that trauma. My whole purpose in working out and taking better care of myself is to live a healthier, happier life, so honoring what my body needs from me is more important than pushing through to do something I “should” be doing.