Week 9, back in the gym and the return of an old foe

After 12 days away from the gym, I finally made it back in this morning.  I expected some de-conditioning so I didn't push things too hard.  Even still, the workout felt pretty tough.  I expect things will snap back fairly quickly although it is still a bit of a bummer to give up 20 lbs on my work sets after only 2 weeks off.

During the 12 days away from the gym, I realized I was dealing with an old foe that I haven't seen in about 8 years.  8 years ago at the height of my unhealthfulness, highest bodyweight, and lots of stress both at home and at work, I had a difficult bout with depression.  I think it's something that always lurked in the background but was made worse because I was unhealthy and I was dealing with plenty of external stresses.  I was fortunate that I was able to mitigate the symptoms with medication but it took a couple years before I felt confident enough to wean myself off the anti-depressants.

The past 12 days brought back memories of the feelings and lack of motivation from that much darker period 8 years ago.  Fortunately, despite being 8 years older, I am in much better health and in a much better place at home and at work so instead of becoming a dominating cloud, it's only been a distraction.  Even still, I recognized that I needed time to let things recharge so I tried to get extra sleep and allow myself to rest.  It was re-assuring once I realized things weren't getting worse.

Overall, getting back into my workout routine while being mindful of not over-doing it should keep things humming along on an even keel.  And, on the chance that our overly long, cold winter is contributing, at least we should be able to look forward to better weather and hopefully sunny skies in the next 60 days.


High bar squats:  135x5, 135x5, 225x5, 275x10, 275x10, 275x10

Bench press: all reps touch and go, 135x10, 225x5, 245x7, 265x5, 285x3

super-setted with

Wide grip chins:  5, 5, 5, 5

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