I did it. I got off work, picked up the youngest and her friend, took them to the thing they’d planned. Zipped home. Changed and went to the gym. As I was relaxing into my recumbent cycling machine thingy, I whipped out the iPad (there’s actually a shelf on the exercise machine to place it so I can read, or play games, while I work out), and checked in on Foursquare. This is the message I received:
I knew it had been a long time since I visited the gym. I had no idea it was quite that long. It does make sense, however. Last winter was a fairly mild winter and I had a cycling buddy. Instead of heading to the gym, we were out riding the greenway. I have no cycling buddy right now, and the winter is much harsher here than last. I can cope with cold weather on the bike. I am not yet equipped and my bike isn’t equipped to handle rainfall and ice. We’ve had both, plus snow, more than ever recently. I know. I’m going to have to save my pennies for some good winter gear and maybe a winter weather bike…or at least…tires. I am also going to have to rely on my gym for workout opportunities that are safe and more convenient than cold weather cycling…alone…in the dark.
I just wanted you to know that I did work out today. I didn’t make excuses. I went there. I put in a whole thirty minutes while I played solitaire on my iPad. (Yes, I cracked a sweat.) And then, I went home and experienced carb overdose for dinner. I know diet is 80% of the fight. I know my eating habits are an issue. (I love pasta for one thing.) I will deal with that soon. I’m trying to tackle one problem at a time and getting the exercise in has been a tough one. Today, I did it. I got started again. I actually was able to make a mid-week workout, work. This means it can be repeated without too much strain on my schedule. I did it. I can do it again. That is success.
Also, I really enjoyed the workout. I still felt like the gerbil in a cage on the exercise wheel to some degree, but it was good to get out and get moving. Also, it was peak exercise time and I didn’t have to wait for machines. The music they play is excellent, but they don’t play it so loudly that it bleeds into my headset. The atmosphere is wonderful. More like a spa than a gym. I like this place. I need to be here more often.