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The gym

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Seems like the time has come. My workout buddy and I decide the day before when we will exercise the following day. Yesterday we were going to take a long lunch again and work out. I was thinking that I kind of like that schedule as I know that I will get the workout in and my evenings are free to get things done around the house.
Well... she gets in touch with me in the morning and tells me lunch time is not going to work for her and she was thinking after work. I was a little bummed but told her, that was ok and she would call after work. She called all right, but to tell me that she couldnt make it. This is the kind of things that really get me upset (I know it shouldnt). I am one of those people that need to "prepare" myself or "plan" my days. (yes even today I have a list of things to do).
On the positive side: I did go to the gym by myself. This is a big step for this "chicken". I wasn't totally alone there and wasnt totally comfortable- still working on that part. I did get in 30 minutes on the elliptical. Should have stayed and did some strength training but wanted to get home and have dinner with my son before he left for the evening.
Lesson: I know that they say you will stick with something more if you have someone to join you. I am thankful that she was there for the past couple months to get me going. I just don't think I can depend on her and that I might be better off planning on going to the gym by myself. If she comes with- great, if not then I wont be disappointed and it wont change my plans.
I am still working on feeling comfortable at the gym (it has only been 2 weeks). I have been good about the treadmill, elliptical and stationary bike. I just have to work on getting on the other machines and getting in some strength training.
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    Good for you going on your own. I totally understand not being comfy starting off, but you'll get there, and pretty soon, you'll be one of the regulars!
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    2025 days ago
    Go at the time that works best for you. And it will get easier going alone. Don't be afraid to ask someone for help. Most "gym rats" are very helpful when it comes to using equipment.

    2028 days ago
    Congrats on going on your own!!!! Wow that is a great big accomplishment in my book. I think that Firebug is right on target with what she says. Your buddy got you started and now it is up to you. It will be great when your buddy can keep you going, but you are the one who has commited and are following through.



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    2028 days ago
    This is what you have been working towards! People are in your life for different reasons, she got you started but NOW it is up to you to keep it going. You are doing great don't look at this as a bad thing you are becoming independent and realize you can't let someone else control you. If lunch is good for you do it... I find depending on others can be iffy, as you said. So if she makes it great, if not oh well. Its ok.

    I have a bunch of ideas for training in the gym, different sort of strength training.. so you are not just sitting on a machine. let me know and I can describe them for you.
    Proud of you, this is what you have been wanting.. keep it going no matter what. Do it when it works best you, then you will be more able to stick to it. You may even meet people at the gym, and get to know them. hang in there!

    By the way the more you go and get a routine down at the gym you will become more comfortable... ask questions from the employees there, usually they can be very helpful.
    2028 days ago
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