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my body betrayed me; or visa versa

 
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last year this time I was working 12's in a very physical job, but that ened
since novemeber I've been a student
I noticed about a month ago that my pants had gotten tight and I've been starting to get cramps and back pain more often.
so today I decided to go on a bike ride and see how much I've lost
not all bad news my muscles are still strong enough to pull a 20% grade, but my endurance is pure crap I used to be able to stand on the pedals like that for hours at a time today I spent more time walking than peadling on the uphills cause I'd start seeing stars and black spots about 200 yard into the steep section

so I'm pretty pissed at myself and needed to vent
thank you for "listening"
 
                              
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I'm in a similar situation where food scarcity frightened me into inactivity in order to preserve what little calories I had for day to day living. We're back to eating more than one small meal a day so I've decided I don't like this weak and tired feeling.

Getting back "in shape" need not take hours every day, I'm actually finding great results using only body-weight exercises(squats, pushups, etc) 2-3 times per week and plan to modify those same exercises by adding weights when I've "outgrown" them.

The key I'm finding is my "slow" movement. Walking home from work five days a week provides me with a leisurely 60 to 75 min stroll. And I do mean a no-hurry stroll; I'll literally stop and smell the flowers if I get the urge.

I found this concept of minimalist weight training at marksdailyapple.com
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