Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The things we do for smaller butts

I've stopped kidding myself with the idea that i can continue getting up at 5:30 in the morning and going to the gym. I love my morning workouts, but i love sleep more. So i've opted for working out after work. It's a pain for many reasons:

  1. i hate carrying my purse and my workout bag to work

  2. i never bring enough water so by the time i get to gym i don't have anything to drink

  3. it's so easy to say "forget it" and just drive home after work

But the worst part about working out in the afternoon is the gym itself. Not only is it crazy crowded -- i basically have to park at my house and walk to the Y -- but people are crazier in the afternoon. Two ladies almost mowed me down in the parking lot yesterday. One was on her cell phone and just pulled out in front of me (i have a strict "no cell phones while driving in the Y parking lot" rule) and the other lady looked like she was sleep and did not hit her breaks until her teen yelled "MOM." And then she glared at me. I thought about glaring back and showing her my favorite finger but then i realized we went to church together.

Sadly, all this drama is before i even got into the gym. When you walk in there are people every where. They are signing up for memberships -- blocking the little kiosk i slide my card in-- they are chasing after little kids. They are every where. And then when you get inside the actual workout room you have to wait a thousand years for a good machine. I run up to an empty elipitical only to find an "Out of Order" sign. When i finally do get on a machine, Sweaty Joe stands 2 inches behind me waiting for me to get off. I feel his eyes staring at my timer making sure i don't go over the suggested 30 minute time limit.

I'm tempted to just sit on my butt and let it expand -- but after a 10 p.m. snack of a honey bun , i know that's not the smart option. So i will suck it up and dodge cars in the parking lot, be forced to let a 5 year-old hold the door open for me, and let Sweaty Joe breathe down my neck.

But i won't like any of it.


T. Marie said...

Preaching to the choir. You'll get used to it. It's a lot easier if you put your headphones in while you are in the car and walk in with your music going. It helps you avoid others and it's a big red flag for "don't touch me, talk to me OR make eye contact with me." Oh and Sweaty Joe...he can kiss my ass. I was here first, sucks to be you dude.

Lil' Woman said...

Screw Sweaty Joe....nobody should make Re-Re get off any machine...ppsshh!

Tony Palmer said...

I used to be a reg Y member and worked out 3 times a week. You just have to go all of the time for a bit to get down the regulars schedule. "Sweaty Joe" usually comes the same nights or afternoons at the same times every week. You will find times that get you in and without hassle, it just takes a little while.

ReRe said...

i've been a regular goer for 7 years so i know the routine -- of the morning goers. but pumpkin seed (the little one i have on board) no longer allows for me to crawl out of bed at 5:30 so i now must go at 5 -- and all of those folks are crazy.

t marie, what am i supposed to plug my headphones in to?! my hand (i use a VCR, so you should know i don't come to the gym with fancy music systems!)

cristina said...

lol. i love the fact that t marie thought you would have some type of mp3 player! haha! yeah, the evenings suck.

you know, you could always stop by here and fill up your water bottle. and walk from my house :)

also, just wear your workout clothes to work. if others get away with it, you should be able to too.

one last note- keep going at 530. that little pumpkin seed is going to get you up at all hours so just tough it out! :)