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Long road ahead

Met with my personal trainer tonight.



James, his name is. Young guy, natch. Very nice, very professional, very concerned with Safety First. He'd read my file (I have a file) and was all on board with my weight-loss and fitness goals.

I learned to do a rotator cuff warm-up and a proprioception and balance exercise, both of which I must do before every single workout. This impressed me: get in touch with your body and protect your shoulders. The rotator cuff warmup vividly demonstrated how much stronger my left arm is than my right.

I learned to use two upper-body and two lower-body machines, and I was surprised again, this time by how wimpy my quads are compared to my hamstrings (my quads are significant and firm while the backs of my legs are, well, wiggly, so I'd have bet on the quads. But no).

Anyway, whoa. I am terribly out of shape. I mean, I'm lopsidedly out of shape. Everything we did demonstrated to me how far out of whack my life, my job, and my several years' worth of depression-based inactivity have made my body. I can ride a heavy Dutch bike ten miles, easy, but I can't freakin' keep my shoulders back. I can Zumba for an hour without discomfort, but also without any particular grace or flow.

I am, in a word, stiff. Rigid. Locked up. Physically cowed. Not-loose. Et cetera. It's going to take a while to change that.

But hey. I started. And that's...well, I guess that's somethin'.

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