Thursday, January 28, 2010
I have been fighting with myself for the past 3 months to step up my exercise routine . I really enjoyed the program that started me on this journey - I made friends and shared alot of life's ups and downs ( now I sound like the Gladys Knight song- You're The Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me- LOL), so it took a lot for me to finally take the plunge and go to another program. It is a small gym , a lot of individualized attention , you have to actually register on-line to let them know who is coming to what classes for what days...very interesting. I finally registered at 6:12AM this morning - I repeatedly went to the site to join but at the last minute changed my mind out of fear - fear of leaving my old program, fear of the unknown, fear of failing , fear of being out of my comfort zone. Once I hit the "enter" key on my computer to accept payment , I went into a panic- WHAT THE HECK DID I DO?????? Payment made , I am committed to go - so what do I do ?? I scheduled myself for every class that I think I may like or that I may have been ever interested in. I may be fearful but I am cheap ..if I pay for something , I am going to use it to the fullest. So off I go to the class tonight - I arrived early to sign release forms - I told the woman behind the desk , " please give me the release forms to sign before I RUN out of this place and go home. " Obviously she heard this before - she laughed , gave me the forms told me where the class was and I was on my way. I walk into the spin room and there are all kinds of people there - a few teens, but mostly women in their 40's and 50's (Baby Boomers - we ROCK!) The instructor comes over , introduces himself , shows me how to adjust the bike, etc and tells me to go at my own pace. The woman to my right has been taking spin class for years- of course the competitive side of me wants to be next to her to see if I can keep up. We start out slow and ultimately worked up to a crazy pace - and then we did that OVER , AND OVER and OVER again!! I was okay until about 40 minutes in - the guy on the bike to my left had a salami, bologna and american cheese sandwich on a kaiser roll for lunch- how do I know?? Because 40 minutes into the class he lets loose with the most foul farts known to man. I look at him , make a face and say, "What the heck"? I keep spinning but damned - he really needed to keep that one to himself.
Once the class was finished , my eyes were rolling in my head , I had a big smile on my sweaty face and I knew that I was hooked !! Spinning is for me
After the class we did AB work and the instructor said that I kept up well - very excited although I think he is required to say that to keep the clientele coming back. Well they don't have to worry , I will be there 5-6 days per week.
Tomorrow , I am going for a run during lunch and Saturday I have a bodypump and a spin class.
Not only will I be able to do the Half Marathon in April but I am going to be fit and trim and finally rid of the remaining weight that I need to lose!
Go me !!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I have noticed that during the Holiday season there is an increase in the amount of alcohol consumption amongst colleagues , friend and family - and I have no problem with that. I was raised with a father that was a "functioning alcoholic "(a police detective that went to work everyday and functioned there but created mass chaos at home)- as a result between the ages of 18 - 30 I tried to drink myself to death . I bought myself some sanity (through the Grace of the Lord, psycho-therapy and meeting my DH ) and have not had a drink in about 24 yrs. So when the Holiday season comes around I am shocked at the pressure that people put on those who do not drink. For example - my Christmas party at work - champagne, wine , beer etc were flowing -people even walked around with bottles refilling glasses all night long . Each time I refused and I pretty much drank all the bottles of water ( about 20) that they had available for 100 people(obviously , the doctors knew their staff and their preferences- lol). After repeatedly refusing a drink from a "Glass filler"(one of my staff members) - he states(slurs), " I will not forget that you refused a drink from the special champagne that I bought for our department." And then he promptly went and made a fool of himself ( a very looong story that involves him dancing suggestively in front of a female employee and then making a pass at her son ..very ugly). I can not tell y ou how many other people put so much time into pushing drinks on me(the only other non-drinker in the office did not go to the party) and saying, "just one won't hurt" . I am not a preaching teetotaller ( people are adults and they are able to make their own choices) BUT I am an adult who chooses not to drink(again I know that I have the genetic make up to go to extremes ), PLUS I have 2 children (20 and 16) who would definitely be disappointed in me if I came home drunk ( I won't even mention DH)- PLUS I drive home ...for a matter of fact everyone at the party drove home. So now you have about 99 fairly snoggered people behind the wheel of their cars using their cars as potential weapons on the road.
How damned irresponsible!!!!!
So not only did I leave the party before the rest of the employees , I was able to come in the next morning - no headache ( a little heartburn from some eggplant) but I was able to walk through the office - quite a few people were very quite .. I found out that A LOT went on after I left the party.
I can replay this scene for about 3 other parties that I went to this season - and the joke is I was having a bit of a problem making good food choices and concentrating on bring the focus on talking to people that I may have not seen in awhile or people that I would not normally talk to and there were others who were spending their time try to get me to throw a drink down my throat.
I am finished venting !!!
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