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So, apparently I offended someone

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I had just finished boxing class. I was chatting to a friend. One of the men, who was standing behind me, started talking to me. I turned around and saw he was shirtless, getting changed in the group fitness room. I said "Oh" and turned back around. He inquired as to why, and I said I didn't want to see him shirtless. He got offended, and was asking me why. I just said I didn't want to see anyone shirtless, and that there were changing rooms available. He got pissed off at me and called me a prude! Then my friend got on the bandwagon, too, and started giving me a hard time about it.

I am really annoyed. I have never said anything before because no one has asked. I just turn around and ignore the situation. Some of the boys do it, and it always makes me uncomfortable, but like I said, I just turn away or leave the room. I don't think I am a prude, I just think there is a time and place, and the back of a group fitness room is really not the place. Swimming pool? Fine. On a stage at an all male strip show? No problem.

This is the kind of guy who will bring it up until the end of time. If he starts giving me a hard time next class... I love boxing, and now I don't feel comfortable going back because of this man. I'm not a prude, I just have no desire to see 60 year old men topless when there is a changing room 20 metres away!

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SLIMMERKIWI 7/19/2012 6:32AM

    Don't worry about what THEY think - you just go with what YOU feel comfortable with!


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DRAGONCHILDE 7/18/2012 11:57AM

    I don't think you should have to justify yourself. Women aren't allowed to just strip down wherever they like, you're perfectly within your rights to not want to see half-naked men of any kind. Especially when facilities are available. You're not being a prude, you're being normal!

I wouldn't want to see that either.

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LYNSEY723 7/18/2012 11:32AM

    Oh, on second thought... I like SANDIEGOJOHN's comment better!! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 7/18/2012 11:30AM

    You did the right thing! I wouldn't want to stand there talking to him while he was changing! If he does bring it up again I'd just be honest with him! You have no interest in seeing him 1/2 naked, not because your a prude, but because there is a time and a place for everything and if you wanted to see 1/2 naked men, you'd go to a male strip show!! emoticon

Hopefully he doesn't ruin the class for you! Good luck!

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RUNNER12COM 7/18/2012 11:17AM

    Your reaction was your own to decide. As has been said already, you didn't berate him for doing it, you just chose not to watch.

If he's being a jerk about it, just punch him. It IS boxing class, right?

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MARINEMAMA 7/18/2012 8:45AM

    Hopefully he will drop it....if not ignore him and enjoy your boxing class...hugs

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SAMBINA77 7/18/2012 8:28AM

    It doesn't sound like you were being rude about it...forget him...go back and kick some butt!

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MENHALLS 7/18/2012 8:11AM

    I think you need to call him on harassment if he brings it up again. It was your sense of modesty that caused you to turn, not as if you asked him to leave the room.

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MENHALLS 7/18/2012 8:10AM

    You have a right to how you feel. If he continues to bring it up, ask him to stop & actually tell him you feel harassed by his attitude. You might even point out that you didn't ask him to leave the room. It was your sense of modesty, so you turned away.

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CARLA-216 7/18/2012 7:34AM

    I sure hope he doesn't keep dragging it up. I don't want you to feel like you can't go to boxing because he's being a petty jerk.

And you know what? I feel the same way. I also don't much care to see men wearing those shirts with the huge open sleeves that show all their hairy pits, back and/or chest hair, and man boobs.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/18/2012 5:46AM

    Hope he lets it go so you can enjoy boxing! I don't think you did anything wrong.

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Hurts so good

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The gym was packed today. The car park was empty, which lulled me into a false sense of security. It was a nice day, maybe people walked? I went in, got changed and walked into the most packed weights area you have ever seen. People were 3 deep at the mirror trying to check form, there were benches everywhere, most of the weights/machines were being used. I knew I would have to improvise!

I did a quick, 5 minute treadmill run to warm up and headed in. Luckily for me, I only need a machine or a bench once in my entire program, so I grabbed some weights and relocated to the stretching/ab/spare floor area. I wasn't the only one with that idea, so space was tight there, too. I did my first 2 exercises, then grabbed my weights and headed outside. More space, fresh air and all I needed was 1 dumbbell. The smith machine was taken when I needed it, so I used the assisted pull up machine instead. Other than that I managed to luck out on getting a bench just when I needed one, and with some hunting I found the weights I needed.

The only problem I encountered the whole time was when I needed some 5-6kg weights, and there were none left. I looked around and found heaps of dumbbells on the floor, at a girls feet. I asked if I could use the 6kg's if she was done, and she just shrugged and her friend said they weren't using any of them anymore. Well, then put them back? It is obviously crazy busy, have a bit of common sense! Also, the teenage boys using the machines with waaaaaay too much weight and terrible form. Triceps pull downs shouldn't require your feet to leave the ground so you can get enough momentum going to pull the weight down. The 2 trainers were busy with program shows, and didn't see what was happening. I might mention it to my trainer when I see him next, since I am concerned that the boys might hurt themselves. Or knock some common sense into themselves. Either could happen.

The long and short of my epic gym saga is that I hurt. My shoulders and upper back are sore. I need a bath and a massage, stat!

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    Have a nice soak in a bubble bath!

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LYNSEY723 7/17/2012 11:21AM

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You did great! If it was that packed I would have just stayed on the treadmill! I'm afraid of the free weights area - - what does a normal ST day look like for you?

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Scale and tape measure hate me, but getting compliments...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Does that even it all out? The scale is putting me anywhere in the 77.0-77.6kg range at the moment. I know, fluctuation, all good, but would it kill it to dip under 77? I was there for like a week, I swear it! The tape measure is showing the same results it showed when I measured a couple of weeks ago. My pants are all big on me, so that is no help. I need new ones, but I spent too much on workout clothes this week, so the pants will have to wait a few more weeks.

Today I was back at school, so I saw all my workmates in work clothes (read: not a baggy tshirt) for the first time in 2 weeks. My tutor teacher commented that I had gotten skinnier over the holidays, which was nice. Also my mum keeps telling me that I look like I have lost more weight. So, even though the scale and the tape measure won't tell me what I want to hear, the real people in my life are. That is something, I guess!

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LYNSEY723 7/16/2012 3:18PM

    emoticon If other people notice then there is progress being made!!!

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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:16AM

    Take those compliments to the bank, girl! The tape measure and scale will get their act together and show the appropriate smaller number soon enough.

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STARGAZER420 7/16/2012 9:10AM

    that scale will move eventually~!

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    Muscle weighs more than fat; you're doing awesome!

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MARINEMAMA 7/16/2012 7:17AM

    I agree...take the compliments!! The scale and tape measure are only the tools we use. WTG ...your hard work is paying off!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/16/2012 6:58AM

    I say take the compliments and go with it! The scale will move soon!

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HEAT7918 7/16/2012 6:12AM

    Maybe you "toned up" some over those 2 weeks which doesn't usually show up on the scale or tape measure... either way, I say focus on the compliments, the baggy pants, and really just how you feel. Have more energy? Feel stronger?


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The Tale of Two Spin Classes

Saturday, July 14, 2012


Calories burned: 444
Max HR: 160 (barely)


Calories burned: 550
Max HR: 180

A different instructor really makes the class! On Thursday we had a really chatty class with an instructor who chatted along. We didn't work that hard, and it shows in my numbers above. Today we had a no nonsense instructor who worked us very hard. No chatting, just working. Lots of hills, heaps of jumps. I was sweating up a storm!

I actually really enjoyed this mornings spin class. The time flew by, since I was too busy trying to breathe to bother looking at the clock. I liked the instructor and I like that I my workout was done by 10am; I can do whatever I want for the rest of the day! I'm not sure if I will make spinning a regular thing, but I could see myself doing it every so often to mix things up!

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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:14AM

    I can see why the chatty factor would equal less of a workout. While I do like to chat with some folks at times, overall I'd rather not because I can't workout as hard and talk at the same time.

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DRAGONCHILDE 7/15/2012 12:10AM

    It's funny... I've noticed when my classes are chatty (and I'm guilty of it, too, I've made friends) that we get a lot less intense a workout. And when the instructor pushes, our conversation dies. :)

I think both kinds of workouts have their benefits... but it sounds like you've got two fun classes!

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Ya know what I love?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Buy one, get one free on already discounted workout clothes. Usually $150 worth of clothes, I paid less than $70!

Kiwis - Get down to The Warehouse right now.

Of course I had to try them out. One strength workout done! The top didn't ride up at all. 3 are the same but different colours, so I tried this one. Love it! Bonus, I look pretty good in them. Always nice to feel good in what you wear!

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CARLA-216 7/16/2012 11:12AM

    I love a good sale!
You're looking quite fab!

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    I love it when workout clothes are on sale!

And you look great!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 7/14/2012 7:13AM

    Awesome sale! Way to go!

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STARGAZER420 7/14/2012 2:11AM

    you look great~!!

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