Hey CM. I used to lift weights a great deal... back in the day (cue music from yesteryear). I tended to over do it with my OCD and what not. Sooooooo... I may not be the best source of advice. :)
I know you're not going to have a cardiac event and you probably won't spontaneously combust. Although, that would shed light on the fire extinguishers at the gyms. I'm sure those two things are not connected.
I think Karen gave you some great advice. You have to listen to, and be in touch with your body. This is something I need to learn to do... usually put my body on hold (I know, it's rude). My compulsion with lifting was not good. I plan on getting back into "some" lifting, but nothing like I was doing back then (cue music from yesteryear). Man.. I wish that music would stop!
You can be in great shape AND get great results WITHOUT pushing your body to or beyond its limits. Just my two cents.
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If this was facebook, I'd make a thousand accounts just to like this point that many times haha, thanks PT *cues emotional tear-jerking music* you have really been a helpful hand in my life buddy, I don't know where I'd be without you
Yeah I hope I can get in great shape, my plan is to do a moderately intense home dumbbell workout and start jogging again and eventually pick it up to those big barbell squats and deadlifts and military presses and what not *cues emotional tear-jerking music* cause it just ain't the same unless I got my hands wrapped around a big ol' olympic bar