Well, I finally braved the weight room. It wasn’t half as scary as I thought it would be. I was a bit awkward trying to adjust the machines to fit my frame, but all went well. I did 20 minutes on the treadmill to warm up, then screwed up my courage and braved the clanking machines and hardbodies. I decided to work on my lower body first, as oddly I think that’s where I need to get strong so I can stabilize my knee better. I did leg extensions (35 pounds, 3 x 10), leg presses (200 pounds, 3 x 10), seated leg curl (35 pounds, 3 x 10), hip abduction (65 pounds, 3 x 10), seated calf raise (65 pounds, 3 x 10) and the lower back machine (85 pounds, 3 x 10).
Now that’s all great, and I’m really just adjusting to lifting, so I expect the poundages will go up as I ease into it (I want to invest a month at least in just getting used to this), but the best things were:
1) Happy Dave gave me a big grin and a thumbs up.
2) The older gent who rescued me when I fell flat on my ass way back when was very encouraging.
3) A totally random stranger, on his way out of the gym said “You did good back there, you know.”
I did have some worries – gym ettiquette — do I use my towel or one of the alcohol wipes after myself (I did both), do I wait between sets on the machine or not (I did but I see the value of hopping off), would people laugh at my log book, would my pants fall off? I did have an awkward moment on the hip machine, not what you might think but I couldn’t get my legs over to do adduction, but other than that it went smoothly.
Then Neal came and worked my upper body a bit, and made me do body weight squats! I’m sure tomorrow I’ll be sore, but I’m looking forward to being good sore, if you know what I mean. Thursday the plan is to do the upper body (for vanity!), unless I’m all peppy and then I’ll train it tomorrow evening.
C cooked a delicious dinner which I wolfed down – pappardelle with mushrooms and peas. He’s such a good cook and a great partner. I love him. 🙂
Pictures From Work
Here are some pictures from my office on Fort Meade…first a view from my very own desk window…
Then one of my very own computer…well, work’s….
Now one of my coworker CH in uniform…
Technically I guess he’s not in uniform, as he’s covered (wearing his cap) indoors.
After Exercising We All Need a Shower
Even if we all aren’t as sensual or sexy as Ricardo Baldin is taking this hose shower at 1:14….
Speaking of Sensuality
Here’s today’s bit o’ beefcake, David Tennant in the BBC drama “Blackpool.” (Wish we got BBC America.)
(Wouldn’t you like him to frisk you and interrogate you before releasing you…)