This time last week I finally bit the bullet and went back to Orange Theory Fitness for the first time in 14 months.

For the first few months of the pandemic I tried to stay in shape – I ran three miles a day, kept up my Peloton-ing, and even bought some TRX things for the house. By last April, though, I was fucked. Too much work, both on Chairman Mom and NeedHop, and on finishing my book. Too much junk food. Too much anxiety about crowded parks. Too much driving back and forth to Palm Springs. End result: I’m about 20lbs heavier than I was this time last year, and none of it’s muscle.

So, yes, time to get back on the horse. And of course I would choose “Mayhem Week” for my first time back.

My fucking god. After just one hour of treads, rowing and “core blasts” my legs and arms were shaking to the point where I almost couldn’t make it back to my car. The next morning I woke up and couldn’t move my neck more than a few degrees in any direction – a side effect of my terrible core form and atrophied stomach muscles. It took FOUR DAYS for my muscle soreness to fade.

This from someone who – just 14 months ago – would think nothing of jogging from OTF up 4th street to Soul Cycle for a 45 minute post-workout workout. Just for a lark!

So, yeah, turns out I’m totally fucked. Not just physically but mentally – finishing the book really took it out of me, especially combined with 14 months of health anxiety over COVID and having to completely retool two companies to survive the pandemic. The link between body and brain health is real.

So, consider this my accountability post. I’m getting back on that treadmill again tomorrow if it kills me and I swear to god today is my last day of junk food.

Oh, and I’ve decided to start updating the blog again. It’s been almost 20 years since I started it, so why stop now?