Monday, March 22, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The owner of the gym I'm training at reminded me of this oldy but goody...
WEEK AT THE GYM: ONE WOMAN'S STORY
For my 50th birthday this year, my husband (the dear) purchased a week
Of personal training at the local health club for me. Although I am
Still in great shape since playing on my college tennis team 30 years
Ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.
I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named
Joe, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and
Model for athletic clothing and swim wear. My husband seemed pleased
With my enthusiasm to get started!
The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress. .
Started my day at 6:00 a.m. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was
Well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Joe waiting for
Me. He is something of a Greek god - with blond hair, dancing eyes and a
Dazzling white smile.
Joe gave me a tour and showed me the machines. He took my pulse after
Five minutes on the treadmill. He was alarmed that my pulse was
So fast, but I attribute it to standing next to him in his Lycra aerobic
Outfit. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his
Aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!
Joey was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, all though my gut was already
Aching from holding it in the whole time he was around. This is going to
Be a FANTASTIC week-!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Joe
Made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air -- then he
Put weights on it! My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I
Made the full mile. Joey's rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I
It's a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the
Counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it. I believe I have a
Hernia in both pectorals. Driving was OK as long as I didn't try to
Steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Joe was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club
Members. His voice is a little too perky for early in the morning and when he
Scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Joe put me on the stair
Monster. Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an
Activity rendered obsolete by elevators? Joe told me it would help me get
In shape and enjoy life. He said some other shit too.
Joe was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin,
Cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl. I couldn't help being a
Half an hour late, it took me that long to tie my shoes.
Joe took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran
And hid in the ladies room. He sent Muffy to find me. Then, as
Punishment, he put me on the rowing machine -- which I sank.
I hate that dick, Joe, more than any human being has ever hated any
Other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic
Little cheerleader. If there was a part of my body I could move without
Unbearable pain, I would beat him with it. Joe wanted me to work on my
Triceps. I don't have any triceps! And if you don't want dents in the
Floor, don't hand me the barbells or anything that weighs more than a
Sandwich. The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and
Nutrition teacher. Why couldn't it have been someone softer, like the
Drama coach or the choir director?
Joe left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice
Wondering why I did not show up today. Just hearing him made me want to
Smash the machine with my planner. However, I lacked the strength to
Even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of
The Weather Channel.
I'm having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and
Thank GOD that this week is over. I will also pray that next year my
Husband will choose a gift for me that is fun -- like a root canal or a
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I know that I just posted about my new, healthy lifestyle, but one thing I can't seem to get off my mind lately is this dessert I had a couple of years ago, when we were at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. The place is really something to behold, you practically need a golf cart to get around, it is so big! The inside is like a city within the hotel, with a little lake running through etc., it's truly amazing! My husband and I spent the night there after Christmas when we were visiting my parents while they lived in Tennessee -- we don't often get away just the 2 of us, so it was a fun treat. We had dinner at this fantastic restaurant called the Old Hickory, and dessert was something that I still try to recreate to this day. It was popcorn ice cream, with bits of popcorn folded into it, topped with popcorn, caramel sauce, and sea salt. I've recreated it at home, using plain vanilla ice cream, microwaved popcorn (you need only about a handful or so) and any kind of caramel sauce you might like. I know, I know, it sounds wierd, but it tastes amazing.....give it a try and let me know what you think! Why is it that now that I'm dieting and trying to eat right, I can't get it off my mind?
Saturday, March 13, 2010
I've started to train with a personal trainer, actually, I've been doing it now for about 5 weeks. Over the years, I've been in and out of the gym too many times to count. I've trained with a trainer before, I've been a total gym rat, spending 2 hours a day at the gym (those were back in the days when Limefreckle Jr. was just a baby.....free day care gave me my sanity back!) and then I've gone for months at a time, and I've not set foot in a gym, but one thing has ALWAYS been consistent, even when I was more committed to working out.....I've never really liked it! I've done it because I felt I had too, but I didn't like it. I would go home exhausted, and just want to spend the rest of the day sleeping.
This time around, something is very different. I don't know if it is my trainer, the gym, my attitude.....maybe it is a combination of all three - but I like it, I REALLY, REALLY LIKE IT! I'm even running again, something I vowed I would never do again (mind you, I'm not running too many minutes in a row just yet, still doing intervals.) I'm feeling fantastic, and I'm doing spinning classes at least once a week, more if I can, I really love to cycle, it's turned out to be my absolute favourite exercise!
So, this time I really think that my committment to exercise is going to help me to make changes in my life.....I have lost some weight already, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what more I can accomplish. I've started to see a dietician too, because I have a lot of eating issues....I'm a classic emotional eater, and I need to change that if I'm going to be successful in the long run....but I feel that this is the time in my life when I'm finally going to reach my goals and do it this time! I'll keep you posted on my progress...
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