I injured my shoulder about 6 weeks ago. After 3 weeks of trying to work through/around it, I finally had to let it rest. It was bad enough that working was agony - and I work at the computer!
It's starting to get better, so I decided to start running again. I do interval runs only, 5 minutes of warm up walking, then 6 rounds of running for one minute, walking for 2. Then a 5 minute cool down.
Interval running burns more fat than "steady state" cardio does, and gets you into shape faster. I don't know if it's desirable to do the hard, hard, intense workouts - I know trainers who promote them, but I believe I can reach my goals with a much gentler approach. What good does it do me to work out hard if I keep hurting myself?
My plan is to maintain my nutrition, plenty of vegetables and fruit, lean protein, a gallon of water a day, and stay off the Diet Coke. I'm using this weekend to start easing myself into it. Then I'll do the "hard core" dieting during Lent, appropriately enough. :) Actually, 40 days ought to be enough time to take the bulk of the weight off and get used to a new eating plan. I will also do the interval runs every day except Sunday. I may run tomorrow anyway to establish the habit. (There is a major winter storm supposed to be coming in tonight, so the weather will be a factor in running tomorrow.)
So, anyway, I just finished my run, and it was very difficult this time. I was winded - I hadn't been winded during an interval run in ages. The lack of exercise has been showing up in a tighter (almost uncomfortable) fit to my jeans, not just on the scales. But since I know what to do, I'll keep up the hard work and know it will come back off. Then it will be a matter of working off the rest of the extra weight....