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Gettin' Serious

Monday, November 11, 2013

I go the gym at 5 AM for a reason.

On the surface that sounds awfully arrogant and selfish but really, I have enough friends, TYVM. I go the gym because I want to live to see my grand kids graduate from college. I go to the gym so I can utilize the energy I create in that 30 to 40 minute interval the rest of the day. I do it because that time is sacred and holy to me. I can get lost. I can be alone. I can disengage.

I go to the gym that early because, for the most part, that's when the serious folks are there. They are the people who want to push themselves, shower, towel off and head on to life's next adventure. I like to look to my right and to my left and get motivated by people who share my values. Sweat pours off their faces and they breathe hard and they are honest. The most we say to each other as we head towards the locker room is: "Well we got that part of the day over with."

Yeah, I'm recommitting once again. Next month I'll be at Spark for 4 years and as the old joke goes "All I've lost is 4 years." I know my integrity takes a hit but consider this: Over four years and frequent failures I haven't given up.

And I wont.

Just don't try to become my BFF at 5AM.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TSISQUAUSDI 11/13/2013 9:41PM

    That's the right attitude, John. The last gym I joined had a guy that liked to chat up all the ladies - I was there to work out. He had the arrogance (he was not a trainer, just an idiot!) to interrupt me in mid-rep. I'm 5'4" - I backed this 6'4" jerk into the wall and told him I would rip his head off and s**t down his neck if he ever bothered me again! Funny, but he always crossed the gym on the opposite wall every time I saw him after that, LOL!

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ANATASHIKI 11/12/2013 2:28PM

    lol , who do you want to fool John? we would socialize anywhere emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/12/2013 8:59AM


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NASFKAB 11/12/2013 3:49AM

  You are serious great job

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JUMPINJULIE 11/12/2013 3:25AM

    Agree lets kick this month and year to comes butt.

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CARTOONB 11/11/2013 11:07PM

    You don't get to the gym until 5AM? You sleep in. emoticon But, I'm with you. I'm there to work. Let me. And I'll let you!

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_CYNDY55_ 11/11/2013 9:02PM

    emoticon going to the Gym @ emoticon 5:A.M. !!

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SLIMLEAF 11/11/2013 7:13PM

    What's "TYVM" mean John?

And I am SO impressed that you go to the gym at 5am.

Indeed, to do anything at 5am that doesn't involve lying down with a nice warm quilt over you is impressive.

I mean, 5am!!

You're far too determined to give up!

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TRIPLE_EMME 11/11/2013 6:39PM

    I'm still here, too; and glad that you are still showing up.


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/11/2013 5:20PM

    Next month I'll be at Spark for 4 years and as the old joke goes "All I've lost is 4 years."

Made me smile.

And glad you have not given up!!

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LYNMEINDERS 11/11/2013 5:06PM

    The shirt is brilliant...
Go you....
I am heading back to the gym today to do half an hour cardio....

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JEANNETTE59 11/11/2013 3:14PM

  Love the shirt! It would work well for PT as well.

emoticon if we emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/11/2013 2:16PM

    I'm still here too. Plugging along. We will make it one of these days.

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AJDOVER1 11/11/2013 2:01PM

    I guess you must look more approachable than I do!
Fellow gym people tend not to bug me -- it's a mutual thing.

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KELLYFIT123 11/11/2013 1:34PM

    I tried to make friends at the gym (I go in the evenings) but even then, people aren't there for friends. I figured I could try to become friendly with people who I saw all the time, but it was not meant to be.

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KENDRACARROLL 11/11/2013 1:11PM

    Sounds like you've found some new motivation. Go with it, and yes, never, never give up. (You won't meet me at the gym at 5:00 am though - I love to work out at night to wrap up my day.)

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TIGER_LILY_613 11/11/2013 12:28PM

  emoticon Right there with you emoticon Once in the middle of a very sweaty session on the stairmaster, a guy hopped on the machine next to me and tried to start a conversation. I was pushing myself pretty hard and could barely breathe, let alone talk ! All I could do was give him a thumbs-up and plod along. There's a time and place for everything !

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DEE797 11/11/2013 12:02PM

    I've been here on Spark longer than you and am starting over again as well. I don't go to a gym but totally understand working out in the morning before the day gets hectic. I love reading your blogs for their insight and honesty. Wishing you success on your journey. emoticon emoticon

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46SHADOW 11/11/2013 11:42AM

    Good for you for your focus and commitment. I don't think I can manage any conversation at that time besides wheres the coffee and good morning.

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MISSROCKABILLY 11/11/2013 10:34AM

    This makes perfect sense to me, John. I can't work out at 5 am, heck, I'm barely human at that hour, but I like to work out hard and seriously when I do. We are actually in the market for a new gym, lots of fancy, spa-like options around, but we've decided we're going to go with the bare bones, focus on weights and training gym instead for that very reason. Everyone who goes there is serious.

I've been here longer than you and also regained a lot of weight back, but am in the same boat you are, I refuse to give up. Good job on recommitting!

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HKARLSSON 11/11/2013 10:18AM

    Who wants to be ANYONE'S BFF at 5:00 in the morning?! I'm barely able to be civil at 8am. emoticon

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GOALWTIN7 11/11/2013 10:03AM

  Unfortunately you can't out exercise a bad diet as they say here on Spark. Great that you do the gym thing but your ticker doesn't seem to move. Not being mean just putting some reality into the situation if you are really here to lose weight you may want to think about that. One Sparker that I follow her blogs also has a 100 pounds to lose like you and has been here as long as you. 8 months ago she started seeing a nutritionist and blogs about what the nutritionist says which is very interesting. She has lost 76 pounds so far by following her advice and is not hungry at all and is satisfied with the food. Her insurance pays for the nutritionist.

I didn't realize how many calories I was eating until I started tracking my food. I wasn't eating large quantities but what I ate was high caloric. I am also over 50 so our metabolisms slow down. I learned how to cook swapping out things but keeping all the flavors. Been off and on here since 2010 and have lost 45 pounds with 15 to go. When I stop tracking I get in trouble as I don't always remember what I eat during the day. Costco samples can be an extra 100 calories.

Some food for thought if you are serious about weight loss. If you are only here for accolades for your writing then I am sorry for the post. Do like your writing very much and you are a talented writer.

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REJOHNSON3 11/11/2013 9:51AM

    Good morning, JOHN, you have it right! I have close feelings that are similar to yours. I am up at 4:30 a.m. most morning and I work out and get my fitness minutes done with just my radio and the equipment. It works for me to. I don't go to the gym. I have a stationary bike and some kettlebells and I was outside this morning early sucking up some leaves to put into my compost pile for my little red composting worms. And I do have eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

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HDHAWK 11/11/2013 9:40AM

    Good idea John! I like to get up and get it over with too, although I haven't been doing well on the early workouts. As long as I get them in somewhere during the day I'm ok. I've been here even longer than you and weigh more than ever, but I haven't given up either. We'll get it figured out as long as we don't quit. emoticon Cheering you on!

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    Good shirts...good ideas

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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REGILIEH 11/11/2013 9:32AM

    Hmmmmmmmmm! John, to me, this blog doesn't sound like you.

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