Back to the gym!

After roughly two months off for a variety of reasons, I finally got back to the gym this morning, as planned. My alarm went off at 4:20 AM, after a fairly rough night’s sleep (I think it’s a phase; the last several nights have been plagued by strange dreams, punctuated by fitful bouts of sleep). I had breakfast. I changed cereals, incidentally, switching from Apple Cinnamon Cheerios to good old, Wheeties. Added a banana and orange juice for good measure.

I was at the gym at 5:50 AM and did 40 minutes on the elliptical. It felt great. I have a ways to go to get back to where I was last March (my prime). I noted that my heart rate hovered around 170 for the entire 40 minutes. It will take a few weeks to get it back into the 150s. Some pain in my right knee for the last 5 minutes of the workout, but otherwise, everything felt good.

I’m also back on the nutrition plan: 5 smaller meals a day, a fruit or veggie with each “meal”, and no carbs with the last meal of the day. We’ll see how this all works out.

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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