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I Choose To Make Good Choices


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

You know what would be awesome?

Having a gym with all the equipment and the pool and the sauna and the locker room and the space and the free weights and the staff and the drinking fountains and the classes - but have it be my personal gym.

Wouldn't that be awesome?

I mean, I could go any time I wanted. Of course, I'd want other people in the workout classes - Zumba just isn't as fun by oneself - but there wouldn't be a Meathead Central. No one would be hogging the equipment. I wouldn't be worrying about people looking at me when I'm doing silly things like jumping onto boxes. The temperature would be under my control.

Yep. That's my dream.

But it's impossible. Or at least it's improbable.

Yesterday I went to the gym later than usual. It was a weights day and I always feel self-conscious when Yoda isn't there. It's like I think people will watch me and think I look silly, but if there's a trainer standing there they blame him instead of me.

"Wow.....look what that trainer is making her do."

vs.

"Wow......I think that girl is trying to jump on that box."

But when I got there, the place was busier than normal. There were people on most of the treadmills. Meatheads were out in full force in the free weights area, flexing their muscles and gazing at themselves in the mirror.

I'm pretty sure at one point I heard "Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the strongest one of all" coming from the area.

Just kidding. But I wouldn't be surprised if I did.

Anyway, the gym's layout is as follows: As you walk in, there's the front desk with employees to check you in. There's a small wall behind them and the smoothie/protein drink bar is on the other side. Further than that is the free weights area and to it's left is the racquetball and basketball courts. To the right as you walk in is the fitness counselor's cubicles and then a lot of the weight machines. To the left is the day care and fitness products. As you go upstairs, the personal trainer's area is on the right next to the women's only room. Then you walk through an area with the cardio machines, then past the group workout rooms and the spinning room. Then you come to an area with the freemotion equipment. It was more treadmills (some with the ability to have a negative incline so you can go downhill), ellipticals, and weight machines and it also has a frame with ropes and nylon straps hanging from it so that you can do things with your own body weight.

This last area is where Yoda has been making me stay most of the time.

It normally is pretty empty of people, but last night they were everywhere. Every time I did a squat, someone was watching me. It was annoying. Seriously. If I look up from my exercises and you're standing there staring at me long enough to make eye contact then you need to be working harder and not worrying so much about what I'm doing.

Of course, maybe they were admiring my sexy body or my excellent form.

But I doubt it.

I pretty much think they were surprised to see someone who looks like me working out harder than them.

Or maybe Yoda has spies and they were counting to report back to him what I did and how many reps.

Anyway, I did my workout and headed home, being VERY careful not to drive by any fast food places. Due to my McDonald's weakness, Yoda thinks it would be a good idea for me to do two-a-days three times a week for a while. I don't want three times a week to turn into six times.

I got home where I had smartly started dinner before i left so that it would be ready by the time I got home. It was ready - about 45 minutes before I got back. Whoops.

I could have decided to forget about it and gotten in my car and hit a fast food place. I could have ordered delivery.

I didn't.

Instead, I salvage dinner. I took what was overcooked, got rid of the bad parts, and remade it into something edible. It wasn't great, but it was much healthier than a cheeseburger and fries.

So, I'm calling that a success.

Then today I woke up late and had to hurry. I didn't have time to fix the mess that is my hair, so I gave up and put it into a ponytail. As I was walking past the window at work I saw my reflection and realized that my hair looks great in it's ponytail today. It's a good hair day after all! And then I made a decision.

I might have felt self-conscious last night. I might have gotten up late today. I might be stressed and tired.

But that doesn't matter.

I CHOOSE to have a good day. I CHOOSE to be happy and I CHOOSE to make good choices.

Today is AWESOMEFISH!

Yeah. I said it - awesomefish. Kinda wish I hadn't, though. Lol.
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PRESBESS 6/21/2012 3:19PM

    emoticon Continue making good choices and keep watch for the good results. Make it happen!

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BECKYB73 6/20/2012 2:00PM

    I prefer the term "Awesomesauce", however, in the spirit of all that is AWESOME, I loved this blog!

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BEACHBUM4LIFE 6/20/2012 12:46PM

    Great blog! Hope your day is awesome!

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FINALLYBEINGME 6/20/2012 12:42PM

    emoticon for deciding to have an amazing day. emoticon I love your description of the meatheads..soo very on the nose. emoticon

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TRYAGIN 6/20/2012 12:41PM

    This a great blog. You are a fun writer to read, keep up the great work.
Good job on working out, and eating right.
As the wise Yoda once said, Do or do not....there is not try."
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CHOCOHOLIC2276 6/20/2012 12:40PM

    I have never ventured to that section in my gym. I have to be honest. For exactly the same reasons you stated. I got some courage from reading your blog though. I might just wing it and walk in there one of these days:)

Good for you for making GOOD CHOICES!:)

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LACYME 6/20/2012 12:34PM

    gREAT JOB!! I just caught on a wk of your blogs. I love reading them, they make me laugh, and proud of you and realize everyone has bad days. We are all emotional eaters, and we all don't feel like working out sometimes. keep up the great work. And good luck with the competition with the fireman!!!!!
and I will try to use awesomefish today!!! lol

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CAROLYN_ROSE 6/20/2012 12:17PM

    Ugh I know exactly what you mean. I hate all the meatheads there who blatantly stare at you! It's the worst feeling ever. I'm glad you stuck to your guns and continued on though!! Good for you!!

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POISONGIRL999 6/20/2012 12:13PM

    Good for you! Hope your day is wonderful! emoticon

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KJDOESLIFE 6/20/2012 12:12PM

    Great job on all fronts!

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JAOTTO 6/20/2012 12:06PM

  Good for you. Choose to be happy.

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