Yesterday was good. I worked out for the first time since I got the flu. I ran on the elliptical AND I did some strength training. The free gym in my apartment complex isn't the best, but it has a small variety of cardio and strength training machines. It's decent, and gets the job done. It has machines for strength training your arms and legs, but not your abs. That's not that big of a deal, though. I can just do all sorts of crunches to tone up my ab muscles.
I've gained weight since I stopped working out at the end of December. Granted, I only followed my exercise regimen adamantly for two months, or maybe even only a month and a half. During that time, I made a lot of progress. I definitely lost weight and didn't look like a blob. Well, I've never looked like a blob per se, but I've always had flab. During the time I was serious abut working out, I didn't have as much flab. I looked and felt great.
A few weeks ago, I got the flu and spent a week in bed because I couldn't be bothered to get out of it. All the muscle I'd built over the past two months dissolved into fat, and now I hate looking at myself naked in the mirror. I have a gut, a very obvious gut. I haven't tried on two pairs of my size 27 jeans because I know they won't stretch themselves over my thighs, hips, and butt. I will however point out that my skinny Joe's Jeans are wonderful because they're two sizes too big for me, so I have no problem sliding them on and off, and I feel attractive because I can wear skinny jeans! It's quite wonderful.
I really want to stick to an exercise regimen, though. I saw the benefits of working out and eating right, and I miss them. After trying out the free gym yesterday, and googling ab exercises I can do at home, I've realized that it's completely possible to follow one without spending money, including that includes both cardio and strength training. I don't need to spend $30 on a gym membership! I can do this!
I'm going to work out today, do some cardio and work out my core (I worked out my arms and legs yesterday). After that, I'm going to shower and go...