Sunday, January 27, 2013
You gotta love winter in central Virginia. You get to see some snow and ice and if you are able to wait awhile, you don’t even have to shovel it. It just melts.
On Friday as I left the gym, it began to snow. Temperatures have been in the 20s so it started to stick. I stopped at the supermarket as I had planned. I needed only ground turkey for my meat loaf and English muffins for DH.
The parking lot was jammed and I briefly considered an alternate vegetarian dinner and offering DH my whole wheat bread as an alternative. However, I’m retired and I have time, so I grabbed my 2 items and got on the express line.
Behind me was a woman with a few items in her cart along with 7 loaves of white bread. I wondered if perhaps I had missed a weather report about the impending storm of the century.
We got about 4 inches of snow. The main roads were well salted/cindered in advance, but as expected the little country roads had accumulation.
When we retired to our lake house, this city born and raised woman learned to keep a supply of staples in the house just in case. We’re 3.5 miles off a main road. You don’t want to run out of toilet paper, right?
Yesterday morning my road was ice covered and my blog entry involved my dilemma of dusting off my lifecycle or waiting for the sun to do its usual thing.
I waited and by 11 am it was 44* - off to the gym. So our entire weather emergency was over in less than 24 hours.
This brings me back to the woman with all the bread.
Was it panic buying or did she have a good reason?
Did she have a lot of children at home? Was she entertaining a girl scout troop for the weekend? Was she shopping for a neighborhood of elderly residents? Was she planning to make a lot of stuffing? Maybe she intended to feed a flock of birds?
It’s none of my business, but I am curious. Do you observe this behavior in other parts of the country/world?
Saturday, January 26, 2013
DH saw me typing this title and thought I might be referring to him. His office is in the basement and he does spend a lot of time there. He also shows up in my blog now and then.
No Joe, the beast is not you, but this old behemoth that we bought 20 years ago. Remember how we figured that it would save a lot of money on gym memberships and you would use it too? It didn’t work out as planned, did it?
It was the first of the generic “Lifecycle” models with a computerized display for terrain. It replaced the recumbent cycle that also seemed like a good idea at the time. We gave that one away when we realized that reclining on a cycle was not a natural position for either of us.
At least these 2 experiences kept me from buying my own treadmill. I knew I wouldn’t use it – not enough to justify the cost anyway.
I never gave up my gym membership and regularly workout there. I prefer the outdoors, but as a weather wimp I often seek my fitness in an air-conditioned or heated environment. I have a climate controlled house that I could fill with personal equipment and yet I don’t want to. What’s the difference?
For me it’s the solitary nature of cycling in the basement going nowhere. At home I always saw something else that I’d rather be doing. Even after retirement with more free time, that mindset continued.
Outside I take in the sights and enjoy nature. At the gym I people-watch and carry on a conversation with the regulars. Twice a week classes are important to me too.
SP had an article recently about deciding if a gym membership is right for you, along with tips about choosing the right one for your lifestyle. Purchasing home exercise equipment is in the same category. Great for some, not for everyone and hopefully we know which group we’re in before we lay out the cash.
So why am I writing about this today? We got snow yesterday, not much by northern standards, but enough to cause dangerous road conditions around here. Unless the sun melts the ice I shouldn’t drive to the gym. It’s probably closed anyway.
So beast, it’s just you and me. You’re better than nothing so we’ll see how it goes.
I’m not alone in owning an unused fitness machine. That’s how “Play it Again Sports” makes a profit. Some people use theirs as a place to hang clothes. I admit that mine occasionally has served as a drying rack for blankets and comforters.
Anyone else out there in my situation?
Friday, January 25, 2013
The horror stories of abuse hurled at overweight girls/women are sadly numerous. I read them all the time here on SP. They are very visible in movies and on TV as well.
Unfortunately, mean comments about our bodies aren’t limited to cheerleader types.
I regularly hear remarks about being flat-chested and having no boobs. Sometimes it’s directed at me. I prefer a serious sports bra which squashes down whatever I’ve got. I’ve even heard it directed at Michelle Obama. Granted that was probably sour grapes and politically motivated, but still, when will we stop putting down women based on some ideal body image?
Would I accept a few extra pounds of fat if they could be deposited right on my chest? Sure I would, even if it increased my body fat percentage, but we know our body puts the extra fat where it wants and for me that’s my hips and thighs.
I could buy myself some bigger boobs. I understand they cost about $4,000. Nah, Victoria’s Secret gives me options a lot cheaper and I can put them in a drawer and happily sleep on my stomach or run comfortably.
For the record I’ve never responded with “too bad those boobs come with a big stomach and a butt that could stop a Mac truck.” And I never will. Negative comments about our bodies are hurtful no matter who is making them.
Then there’s the backhanded compliments.
My related blog entry: “That’s a great suit for someone small on top”
Is this just a gender thing?
Do adult men treat each other this way?
I’ve heard opinions that this sort of ill treatment teaches you how to deal with life and makes you stronger. I can understand wanting to be strong enough to “take it,” but I don’t understand the mindset of someone who wants to “dish it out.”
Note: I make an exception for military drill sergeants. Their environment and goal is quite different from those of civilian life.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
And the question is: ”What will you never hear on the “Biggest Loser?”
But you will hear it in my living room. I have one of Jillian’s DVDs. My daughter gave it to me along with the weights I wrote about last week. I love cardio, but the other stuff? There I need all the motivation I can get.
I assume some people must need or respond to Jillian’s “in your face” method. Not me. Perhaps I’m just too old and ornery or too much of a free spirit. Come to think of it, I doubt I would have made it in the Marines either.
I know Jillian has her fans and even a team here on SP, so let me say that I do like her workouts and completely support “different strokes” and doing whatever works for you.
I prefer SP’s videos, but lately I’ve has issues with them freezing. Of course, I’ve also had problems with heat, electricity and Internet access, so I can’t blame SP and a DVD is an alternative.
I have no problem with most of Jillian’s routines, except for jumping jacks. My body considers that a most unnatural motion. Maybe it’s my flat, over-pronating feet, but thrusting my legs out sideways and hopping back in again, over and over, feels very stressful on my knees. I don’t have knee problems (sound of me knocking wood), but if I make them do that, I’m afraid I soon will.
Jillian loves her title of “world’s toughest trainer,” and to her credit she does point out modifications for some of the exercises. NOT for jumping jacks! There she yells that even 400 lb people can do jumping jacks – NO MODIFICATIONS!
I wonder how she reconciles her attitude, with the disclaimer at the beginning of the video. Basically, they are not responsible for any injuries.
I understand personal responsibility and I’m grateful for all the resources I’ve had that have allowed me to get to and remain in maintenance without verbal harassment. For me that would have been counter-productive.
As for Jillian’s DVDs, I’ll still use them. I’m just glad I have a mute button.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I meant to post this last week after my post for DH's birthday - The Junk Food King & I.
Our 11 year old granddaughter likes to bake and decorate cakes. This is our lake complete with sparkly water, our dock and boat, truck and jet skis. There’s even “edible rip-rap.” Very cool.
Here’s our baker with grandpa.
Yes, that’s a race shirt. She’s a runner too.
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