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Faster, stronger 02/28/2012

Filed under: Working out — Diabetic Diva @ 9:37 am
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Last week, I decided that I need to stop moaning about how I never go to the gym and instead … go to the gym. I know, I know. It’s a novel approach to health and weight loss.

I don’t know why I’ve had such a hard time strapping on my running shoes and spending some time on the elliptical. Once I’m actually at the gym, I’m fine. I do my workout with a minimum of internal debate. I revel in feeling sweaty and strong. I look forward to getting fitter so I can lift more, walk longer, go faster.

But getting to the gym is an entirely different matter. It makes the most sense to go to the gym in the morning, since I’m not expected at work until mid-morning or early afternoon. Then I can come home, shower and change and head in to work.

The problem is I’m not a morning person. I like to wake up slowly, spend a little time reading before I hit the shower. I am the kind of person for whom the concept of “breakfast in bed” is made. And with winter upon us, my bedroom is so cozy and warm.

So. I haven’t been going to the gym in the morning. No matter. My gym is open 24 hours. So I can go no matter how late I get done with work. By the time I’m done, though, I have all these excuses not to go. It’s late. I’m hungry. I’m tired. I’ll go in the morning, and I don’t want to go twice so close together (this is my FAVORITE! Because, um, yeah. It has already been established that I’m not going in the morning.)

Last week, I decided I needed to change my outlook on this whole getting healthy thing. Part of that was committing to going to go to the gym every night after work. I looked at it as a way to clear my head after a day at the office. A way to tune out, where it’s just me and some good music on the headphones.

Because about 10 minutes into a workout in an almost-empty gym late at night, I get into a meditative state. All my thoughts about how my day went and what I need to accomplish tomorrow just fade into the background. I start thinking about my breathing. I start focusing on my pace, on the way my muscles feel. Everything gets quiet (except for my workout mix. That I like pretty loud.

I’ve decided to think of my time at the gym as a little mini-vacation from the stresses of the day, instead of thinking about working out as some horrible chore hanging over my head all day long. And maybe soon, getting a workout in will be as habitual as breathing.

 

5 Responses to “Faster, stronger”

  1. wartica Says:

    That is a great approach ; thinking of the gym as an escape, will make it more fun and interesting. Great post and I look forward to sharing more 🙂

  2. gctorres Says:

    Thats the perfect attitude to have about working out. You need to associate positive things with going to the gym. When I used to go habitually, I would take my time and enjoy every aspect, from hitting the weights, to making my heart race, to the relaxing feeling of stretching afterwards.

  3. emma Says:

    Busted. I’m sitting here at 9:14 am in my workout gear on my way to the gym…..for the past two hours. I just stopped in to check out my blog, freshly pressed, comments, other people’s posts, pretty pictures, make comments, read every post I can find, see what’s listed under the writing, humor, musings (etc) topics………you get the picture. I feel guilty. And, I’ll probably go to the gym as soon as I finish. Or, you know, tomorrow.

    • It’s bizarre how easy it is to not go to the gym, Emma. But since I started deciding that I was going to the gym, it’s gotten easier to go without really thinking about it. Of course, it helps that my efforts last week at the gym paid off at the scale today.


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