Friday, January 13, 2012

Notes from the gym

So, exercising is going pretty well. By "well," I mean consistently. I can't say I genuinely enjoy it. Well, no, I do, just not necessarily while I'm doing it. I discovered this site, Reluctant Runners, from one of their funny (unrelated) videos on youtube, and I very much agree with their philosophy. For example, I much as I "like" run in yoga pants. Regular length shorts. etc.

Speaking of gym attire...can we just all agree that panty lines are okay at the gym? Because c'mon. We're exercising. Our hair looks bad, makeup is smeared or gone (remind me to get some makeup removing wipes...I really prefer to exercise without makeup) and we're sweating. Sweating a lot, sometimes. Like you look at yourself in the walls and walls of mirrors and think "Whoa, did I spill my water?" And that's a good thing! You shouldn't have to worry about how you look while exercising! You certainly shouldn't have to wear highly uncomfortable underwears at the gym. Unless you're one of those crazy people who find them comfortable? Anyway at the point I can see your thong lines through your shorts and oversized tee, the purpose is kind of missed.

This picture has been going around a lot lately, and I wish it was true, but I don't even feel that graceful:

But, but, there's also this. THIS is how I feel when I run:

"Nurse, cancel my one o'clock."

I do enjoy the gym, though, my general unfitness notwithstanding. I kind of feel like some sort of gym anthropologist, observing interesting behaviors and trends. (My friend had a professor or something who was an exercise anthropologist. Crazy!) I make all these amusing observations--for example, what does it say about you if you're a middle-aged lady wearing a Jagermeister tank top to the gym? That seems more like a...pajama shirt. Hair coloring shirt. A "I'm not an alcoholic, really" shirt. I needed somewhere to chronicle these amusing thoughts...Hence the new box in the sidebar, with my gym-related twitter feed. I can't imagine anyone would actually want to read an entire feed of my thoughts from the gym, but they're there if you want them.

Anyway, I like to imagine that I'm seeing tiny results. It's only been two weeks, so it's not like a miracle has happened, but...I can pretend. I put a little star on my pocket calendar each day I go to the gym. It's kind of nice, all those lines of stars. Maybe when I get thirty stars, I'll get myself a prize. Hey, I should make a sticker chart! Every day, I could put a little smiley face sticker on it. That would be fun.

I'm starting to feel like a real athlete in at least one regard...I've got my first injury! I got on the treadmill today and was like "WHOA, what's wrong with my toe?!" It felt like the whole joint was broken or out of socket or something. But, like the true athlete I am, I soldiered through it, until it either went away or I stopped noticing it. Of course, then I got home and saw this:

What the heck happened to my toe?! Maybe I tied my shoe too tight or something today? It's never happened before, and the other toe is fine. Maybe I need new shoes; I'm not a huge fan of my current ones. But still. Woo for injuries?

So, there you have it. Two weeks into the year, two weeks into my new year's resolution, still going--even if I'm not particularly strong....


  1. Congratulations and way to go!!! I love going to the gym. It makes me feel so good. You're going to love it! I really do want to read your twitter feed. There are a lot of interesting people at the gym, that's for sure!

  2. Look at you being steadfast and consistant. Good job. This water thing waxes and wanes but whenever I think of you I try and drink some more.

  3. Sorry about your bruised toe! Keep the gym tweets coming--love them.

  4. this is awesome. i'm pretty sure we talked about your toe injury and you never once mentioned that it looking like that! geez!

    side discussion. why wear underwear at the gym at all? from a cleanliness standpoint that area of your body breeds moisture on a reg basis, can you imagine what it breeds while working out? you could get yeast infections, warts, whatever else happens down there. if it makes you feel any better most of the people i have trained with for the races that i've done, do not wear underwear and they are professionals! or so they like you to believe.

    sad face the vid won't play for me.


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