You’re probably wondering what King Julian from Madagascar is doing on my blog. You see, he’s been in my head lately. He’s the voice of my conscience, sort of. He’s inside my head saying with that voice, “You have the flabby flab.”
I think I’ve mentioned the fact that I’m jealous of my husband’s gym membership. He slacked off for awhile, but now Evil Genius has recently joined the ranks of those returning to the gym. He has been a gym maniac, going every chance he could. I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon because that particular gym that he gets the free membership through work is an hour away. A bit of a drive to get back in shape, don’t you think?
I wanted to insert a reference to Flashdance here, but when typing it in I found this scene from Scrubs. I don’t remember this one…HA HA!
After listening to him
whine complain talk about how he was sore from his workouts, I decided to take some action. It’s not that I want to be in pain, I’m just wanting to start getting back in shape. We’re in a better financial situation than we have been, so I thought I would call the gym that I used to belong to and beg ple ad offer my firstborn speak to them about waiving the hefty “orientation fee” so I could start working out again. As it turned out, I didn’t need to. One of the perks of where I am subbing is that I can get a discounted membership taken directly out of my check. This gym happens to be just a few blocks from where I work.
I went in to work out on Saturday because I was in town by myself doing grocery shopping anyway, and it was GLORIOUS! I was almost intoxicated from the excitement. I did an upper an lower body workout using all of the weight machines, and also used the elliptical and the treadmill. The treadmills and ellipticals have tvs with every channel known to man. If I hadn’t started feeling guilty about
leaving my children with Evil Genius for a better part of the day I would probably still be there. They are open 24 hours, you know.
Here’s the thing that gets me. How come I can’t bring myself to work out when I’m at home? I have free weights. I have a mat. I have workout DVDs including all of the Jillian Michaels videos (I’m still afraid she’ll eat me). I even have a treadmill (without incline, but you can at least change the speed). What is keeping me from exercising whenever the heck I want? Well for one, there are no children or dogs or cats to fight with at the gym. Even when the weather is nice, if I am home by myself, I have to fight with the four year old. Her mood totally dictates if I will walk and how long I will walk if so. I could walk at night or early in the morning, though. How come I am so lazy about walking when the weather gets cold? I have thermals, I have things I can layer, there is really no excuse! After all, there is nothing sexier than me getting all dolled up in my Han Solo planet Hoth winter coat.
I felt so great about working out, but mad at myself for letting it go for so long. While I have accepted the fact that I will never be a size four again, I haven’t wanted to look at myself in the full length mirror in quite some time. While I’m not overweight, the best word I can think to describe myself these days is “squishy”. Now I wouldn’t trade my kids in for a perfect body, but wouldn’t it be nice if I could get back to being comfortable in the one I have?
I don’t eat as well as I should. I don’t work out as often as I should (until now). I don’t get off the couch as much as I should and not necessarily from lack of motivation. It’s more from I’m blogging and networking and I JUST CAN’T STOP! Working for a whole month now has already caused me to shrink a little, and I am comfortably back in my size 8 boot-cut jeans. Now there is still quite a bit of coffee cake top spilling over, but perhaps this new found motivation will cause that to not spill as much.
So this is the start of a new work week. Unfortunately I have to miss the gym today. I have to go run errands on my break and won’t have time. Since I have to leave promptly at five to be sure to pick up my son by 5:30 in a town almost a half hour away, doing it after work is kind of out of the question. Normally I’d say these things can wait anyway, but the light bulb burned out in our shower. We have to shower by lantern until we replace the bulb, and of course it is a “special” bulb. Showering with light is a bit important, especially if you are shaving your legs. So instead of pumping iron, I’ll be going to Lowe’s.
Barring any other major weather/running out of something/special bulbs burning out then I swear I’ll be hitting the gym the rest of the week, and looking forward to it!
Oh yes, don’t forget to vote for me on “Top Mommy Blogs”. As far as I know, you just click the icon in the sidebar and that’s all you have to do. Considering I can’t remember to say anything about it, I’m sure I have a whole four votes. It’s ok, I’m doing it more out of feeling badly for getting registered and then not doing anything with it than actually caring about how many votes I get!
See I am the opposite and force myself to workout at home, because I could never find the motivation to workout in public at a gym. But sounds awesome and am psyched for you now!! 🙂
Thank you! I am psyched too. Can’t wait until tomorrow when I can go again!
Haha I like the planet Hoth outfit! I think I need one of those, even though I live in sunny Florida–hey ,it’s cold out there today. A whopping 55 degrees!!! Brrrr! Funny you wrote this–I just joined a gym with my daughter and we are going in today for the first time! I’m nervous about this and worried that I may not be able to get out of bed tomorrow morning…but I’ve definitely got the flabby flab, so it’s time to get moving!!!!
See? Great minds do think alike! We got memberships the same week and that’s no coincidence!
I’m the same way, and my gym is a mile from my house. A MILE! My husband goes every day at 5:30 a.m. because he’s a crazy person and there’s obviously some good looking chick there each morning. That’s the only logical reason I can come up with for why he would go to the gym so early. It’s cool. If there is a hot chick there who will wink at him and show some side boob, I’m cool with it as long as it means I don’t have to join him at the gym at the crack of dawn.
Good for you for being motivated to rock it out! Could you be a lamb and throw in an extra workout for me too? Thanks!
HA HA! I would if I could!
I will totally guest blog for you sometime if you want me too. I know you said in your post you wanted to do that. Well allow me to invite myself over to your page without a formal invitation. I hope you have vodka and snacks because I’m hungry and a horrible guest.
Could I get a turndown service around 10:00 each night? Maybe a mint on my pillow?
No mints, but may I interest you in a large dog on your pillow instead?
I like to work out at home. Wait, that’s not right. I don’t like to work out, but when I do, I prefer to do it at home. Where no one can see me. I wish I liked going to the gym…it sounds glorious!
That Taun Taun would have come in handy during last week’s storm, no?
Did you mean that to sound like the most interesting man in the world commercial? LOL!
Yes indeedy, that Taun Taun would have been most handy!
I think it’s that people associate home with comfort and not sweat. MOST people have a hard time with it, especially after work. The gym may be your best option, even if it doesn’t happen every day. Good luck.
All we have for a gym in our little town is Curves. I’d rather get my exercise on my keyboard. But the weather is getting better and all those new hills are whispering to be explored! 🙂
I am looking forward to warmer weather too! We supposedly have 40s coming in the next week. I’m not going to hold my breath.
Ahhh….the flabby flab. I share your pain. We live in a small town and have a “field house” but you can never get in because it’s attached to the high school and they use it for P.E. And then for after school sports. There’s a tiny 2 hour window at night to use it but who wants to work out in front of the high school football team?
I have been working out at home but I feel like it’s not as effective. Jillian would totally be screaming at me. Oh how I wish I could afford a personal trainer to come to my house and help me work out. And then do a post-workout massage. And maybe do my hair when I got out of the shower. LOL
Best of luck!!
You perfectly described what I’ve been dealing with. I just started going back to the gym yesterday and I’m so glad I did. I’m sore as hell, but I feel good knowing I’m doing it, BUT, I feel guilty that I let the whole winter go by without doing anything. I guess we just have to tell ourselves that it’s better late than never, right? Your gym is open 24/7? That is excellent! Not that we could actually go at 3am, right? And I’m the same way about working out at home. I have yoga and workout dvds, exercise gadgets and all sorts of gimmickry, a mat, free weights, an ab lounger I use to sit on while I talk to my husband and a sort of elliptical thing I barely use. I have to physically leave the house and free myself of all distractions in order to work out. I think we will just find anything else to do other than work out if we’re at home. It’s true for me, anyway! Keep it up, girl!