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Days 110 - 111: Gym Bags, Towels, and Totes Oh My!


Monday, October 08, 2012

Good morning everyone!

I almost didn't blog today because I didn't think I had much to say.

Still sore from my adventures in Yoga? Check.
Back on the exercise wagon? You bet.
Working on getting back into the 1200-1400 calorie range? On target.

So, as you can see, it's situation normal around here. Just working at the usual exercise and calorie goals just like everyone else.

What did hit me is that I'm totally stumped on something. Something fundamental and so simple that you wouldn't think I'd be stumped by it.

Here's the situation, I work in a building with a gym and locker room in the basement. It's great and convenient and totally encourages me to work out more often than I would otherwise. I mean, how can you say "I don't feel like going to the gym today..." when you literally are sitting on top of it all day long. There is one itty bitty problem: I know for a fact that there are waterbugs (AKA, a breed of roach) living in the locker rooms. I've seen them crawing up the walls on a couple of occaisions. I'm not all that bothered, they have yet to bother me in the shower and So long as they don't attempt to fly at me I'm a live and let live kind of girl.

So, my problem is that I don't under any circumstances want to leave my shower kit down there any longer than it takes for me to go for a run and shower. What can I say, I'm phobic about having one of the critters hitch a ride with me upstairs (or worse, home!)

So, I'm looking for a couple of solutions. First, my shower kit lives at work and I've been toting it downstairs in a plastic bag for a few months now. I think it's time to graduate to something a little more... sturdy. Yes, I ripped the bag. Additionally, I need something a bit bigger to fit my towel in. Being that I shower at work following a run two or three times a week it's not like I'm changing my towel every day which leads me to my second issue...

... Is it wrong I'm considering one of those damned sham-wow's? I mean, they're compact and super absorbant... I'm just tired of hauling my big ass terry-cloth towl downstairs all the tie is all.

For the curious, my gym bag is a perfect size for my workout clothing. It fits a pair of shoes, an outfit, and sometimes a sweatshirt comfortably. Really, its the 'carryon' or 'overnight' sized bag from the luggage set I got for christmas a few years ago - but it's the perfect sized gym bag for me.

I'm thinking about getting a tote like the ones they sell at grocery stores for those who are far more earthy than me and shun plastic bags. (I use those bags, darn it!) Is there a better option, though?

Also, I'm buying a yoga mat this week for class. Yes, I'm going back. I love that I felt so grounded and stretched afterward.

So, here's wishing all my SparkPeeps a good Monday! Let's all start off on a good foot here - there's nothing we can't accomplish with the right attitude!
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ALANDES 10/10/2012 11:03AM

    I am with a previous comment that maybe the best course of action is to ask someone in charge if they are aware of the issue and see if they have plans to resolve it. If not, then maybe there are others with the same problem and you can start a formal request.

Nothing wrong with a shamwow. If you can use it, go for it!

Keep up the good work.

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POMATOJUICE 10/8/2012 3:38PM

    UGHHH ROACHES! I HATE THEM!

It's totally off-season right now, but sometimes you can get those large totes that are made with some sort of weird plasticky fabricy material. I have one, and I use it for wet stuff. If I wasn't in the middle of the state, I'd use it for the beach! I don't have any good suggestions for the gym bag though :(

But as for the bugs... Roaches don't like bay leaves or cedar. You can place some bay leaves in your gym bag, or scatter some cedar chips at the bottom of the locker you use down there to help keep the creepy crawlies out of your stuff. I've also heard you can get cedar essential oil and use it in a spray bottle for a similar effect!

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BECCABOO127 10/8/2012 2:06PM

    Can you put in a request to building management that they get rid of the waterbugs? I would not want to even get on the machines with roaches there. Yik

I hope you don't have a cafeteria in the basement of the building like we did. lol!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 10/8/2012 1:41PM

    Normal is soooo good-- thank your lucky stars. I don't share your live and let live spirit as I am terrified of all things creepy and crawly but, so this is yet another reason I think you are so cool. As for the bag, I started using a multi-pocket gardening tote bag. It had a rubber bottom which was perfect for dragging into the locker room and all my stuff was in easy reach. I also stick a recycle bag that is lined with a zipper in my tote for the wet towel and swim suit.

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CKMATHERLY 10/8/2012 9:46AM

    ENCHANTEDMAMA, I saw them in clearance last weekend at target....water bugs don't bother me. They are a toy for my cats. I'd like to find a good yoga class, but don't have the $$ right now.

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BEACHY_KEEN 10/8/2012 9:13AM

    Nothing wrong with a sham wow at all. I use a plastic college dorm shower bag that has holes in the bottom. I got it at target last year after the back to college sales were over. I'm sure if you keep an eye out you'll find something that works.
Great job on the running btw!

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HOAGIE22 10/8/2012 9:00AM

  Git Er Dun!!!

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