Sixty Days of Exercise


I just completed 60 days of daily exercise. So what has changed since day 30?

  • Energy level continues to increase. I’m active later into the evening and must force myself to stop.
  • Blood pressure has changed. Was an average of 116/68; now 107/64.
  • Resting heart rate has increased. Averaged 68 bpm before the 60-day period; now 71.
  • I’m struggling with controlling the fat in my diet. I crave foods with a bit more oil. At the same time, I seem to be putting on more muscle than fat.
  • Moving takes little to no effort. Also, I feel steadier on my feet and assured in my movements.
  • My body seems better able to regulate its temperature. Rarely do I suddenly feel hot or cold.
  • My muscles are filling out a bit and becoming rounder.
  • I have small dumbbells at home. One pair weighs 3 lbs each; the other 5 lbs each.  I’m embarrassed to say that, when I started, the 5-pounders were too heavy. I’m now looking into buying 7 and 10-pound weights.
  • When I first started using the equipment at the gym, I could only move small amounts of weight, maybe 10-60 lbs (lesser weight arms; greater weight legs). Now I move 40-145.
  • I’m finding it impossible to increase the weight on certain machines. Either my muscles aren’t capable of doing more or my lifting form deteriorates. Instead of worrying about poundage, I’ve increased repetitions.
  • Exercising has become an ingrained habit. I’ve planned several zero-days in order to rest my body, but have only taken one. Because my energy level is high, I always wind up doing something physical on rest days, such as working in the yard or overhauling my office.
  • My husband keeps complimenting my looks.
  • I’m less judgmental of myself. I now realize that few people are so beautiful that all heads turn in their direction (perhaps one in fifty). In reality, most people are similar to one another.
  • I observe others at the gym, and sometimes worry they’ll think me strange. I’m actually admiring the muscles of the devoted and using it as inspiration; or I’m noting how different pieces of equipment are used. When I first began, I had to read the directions posted on each machine. But by observing others, I’ve gradually expanded my repertoire. I’m now able to use all machines. That being said, I still exclude myself from the free-weight area. “That is, after all, for real athletes.”

Image by unknown photographer at Pixabay.

Published by cafsamsel

Carol Fullerton-Samsel is a nearly-native Floridian who lives with her husband of 25 years and three rescue animals. She has a passion for day-hiking and nature, and also enjoys writing. Be sure to visit the TenPaths YouTube channel, which is still in its infancy.

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