However, I'm happy to report that your body retains some of what you've accomplished. The muscles remember and the brain is not duped by the early whining of the muscles and lungs when returning to the elliptical machine. The brain remembers that these early signals are false and keeps moving forward.
Another benefit I've discovered is that running out in the real world is easier now. I the dog wants to take off like a shot out the door for a walk, I can keep up with her for a while ... now until she settles down to a walking pace, which I was not able to do before.
I'm hoping this setback is over and I can move forward again, recapturing the blissful feeling of relaxed muscles and a tension free self after a more vigorous routine than the one used today.
For all in my position, one warning. Each time you return from a hiatus in your routine, back off on the time and the reps and the amount of weight. Let your body build up again because you will have lost muscle mass and flexibility in the interim and need to rebuild once again. Don't be discouraged by the setbacks. You're not in a competition in this. You're just working to keep yourself fit ... and that is truly goal enough. Resurrection of a routine for us mere mortals comes slowly. Don't let your ego get in the way, whatever you do and however young or old you are. If you do, and tell yourself a little pain during the workout is okay (be especially aware if this is lower back pain as the lower back is incredibly unforgiving), you'll soon find yourself at the doctor's office filled with regret and delayed from returning to your routine yet again.
To see the previous entry, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/search?q=Adventures+in+Fitness+12