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Walk With Me Wednesday

Can you stand another post about my adventures at the Y? It’s not that it’s such a huge part of my life that I feel the need to talk about it again and again, but I do have some more observances to share with you. Plus, I’m really grooving on the encouragement I’m getting from everyone!

Observations from the Y:

~It cracks me up that people circle the parking lot searching for a spot by the door. They are there to exercise and yet they won’t park a few extra steps away. I know it’s cold, but c’mon!

~I love that working hard makes your skin practically glow. I’m not talking about that red-in-the-face-and-neck thing that I get but rather that faintly pink tinge that your skin takes on when you’re exercising.

~I think food commercials should be blacked out on the televisions at the gym. I really don’t want to see the latest crunchy-cheesy-gooey-concoction from Taco Bell while I’m there. Ya know?

~I have to be careful about getting too “into” the music on my iPod. I’ve caught myself tapping my hands to the music and that’s okay. But I’ve been tempted to throw my hands up in the air on a few occasions. And sometimes the lyrics hit me just right and my emotions just well right up and my eyes fill with tears. It would be downright embarrassing to cry while working out, people. And it would be even more embarrassing if people knew that the song that most frequently causes this emotional reaction is the theme from “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Geez, I’m pathetic.

I know there were other things I wanted to tell you but I’ll save those for another post. Right now, I’m too tired to think about exercising. I think I’ll go snuggle with Mason instead.


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  1. Cute kitty!
    I think all TVs should come with some sort of way to edit out what you don’t want to see commercial-wise. Me? I’d want all those ED commercials gone.

  2. There was a guy who sang to his ipod all the time at our Y. You know how hard it is to sing when you can’t hear yourself and monitor tone? Um. Yeah.

  3. Good point about trying to park close… it’s a mind set. Just about the only walking I’ve managed since the weekend has been in parking lots. I park as far away as I can.

  4. Seems like Mason has the right idea. If you ever burst into tears at the Y, just grab your calf or something. No one will ever know;)

  5. Hahahahaha!!! I can just see you on the treadmill, chugging along and crying to St Elmo’s fire. The image is just cracking me up!

  6. you’re right on track! good for you.

    i used to have a friend who would run for exercise but would wait for the elevator to go up one flight of stairs. when i pointed this out to her, she laughed and agreed that it was insane, but still waited. haha.

  7. Our gym has the food channel on! It’s great that you are so consistant with exercise. I’m still struggling a bit but thing the mood is changing.

  8. St. Elmo’s Fire!! I saw that with the Swansen kids in WI. You are too cute Carole. I must get back to the gym. Andyou are so right about the circling the parking lot.

  9. Go Carole! I admire you very much for your going to the gym-itude. I am a slacker of the highest order right now.

    And also? I would love to be at the Y when you throw your hands up in the air like you just don’t care. 😉

  10. Girl – don’t worry about tapping your hands! “Throw your hands in the air – and wave ‘um like you just don’t care”….lalalallalaa 🙂

  11. Okay, it’s cool to emote while you’re working out at the Y. I promise. Cause I do it. And nobody has laughed or sneered or pointed yet. Who knows what they’re thinking, but really, who cares. I would love to see some giggling or crying person rather than the stone-faced zombie people on the treadmills! It would probably give me a lift! heh And seriously, I giggle AND cry AND slap my forehead AND get this big “full of suspense” or surprised look on my face… Brenda Dayne just does that to me.

  12. You are so right about circling the parking lot and banning food commercials. I have a tendency to sing with my ipod too. St Elmo’s Fire would probably get me too, especially since it was my prom song. So sad that I remember that.

  13. You are rocking the gym girl!!
    I too get emotional when I work out. Sometimes I catch myself tearing up at the craziest things (I’ve teared up during a poppy Justin Timberlake song before… I kid you not!!). Must be some sort of hormone/stress release thing.

  14. Kudos to you for keeping up with the exercise! I went back to the gym last week and really felt the effects of having been gone for so long. This week sickness has returned to my house, so once more I’m NOT at the gym. Sigh.

  15. iPods are so perfect for guilty pleasure music. I won’t show anyone my library because of the, ahem, wide variety of music on it.

  16. wow! You’re doing great on those miles!! I’m sure you’ll get to the 100s by April. (jajaaj the tv commercials reflexion is soooooooo true)

  17. I really get into my iPod music, too! There’s one song that I heard as I crossed the finish line in November and, every time that sucker comes up in my playlist, I tear up like a little baby. See! You are not alone!

    You are flat kicking ass on your miles!!! Way to move it, baby!

  18. I say go all out with rockin’ to the iPod on the treadmill! I bet it’ll feel great, be lots of fun, and if people look at you, look ’em right in the eye with a great big smile and a wink if the spirit moves you and keep on going. Not only will you be increasing the level of your workout, I bet you’ll energize the folks around you who see you having so much fun. It’s a public service, really.

  19. My water aerobics instructor said it is quite common to have people leave class because the exercise has released pent up emotions. I’m sure if a tear escaped you probably would not be the first person in the history of your Y to do that. But, I don’t blame you for wanting to be a bit careful 🙂

  20. Ah exercise. That reminds me that I haven’t been to the gym all week. I guess I should get off the couch and get on that. The iPod does make exercising a whole lot more enjoyable, but I know just what you mean about the food commercials.

  21. That always cracks me up too that people circle around looking for a spot, when you’re there to exercise. I’m so used to doing it that sometimes I do it too, but then think hello, I’m at the gym. I really get “into” my music too and I have to check myself so I don’t break into song. I know no one wants to actually hear me sing in public, that’s bad news all around.

  22. I get into my IPod too…I have a folder called Ass Grind and that is what I listen to while I exercise. I’ve been careful not to include any music that threatens tears but I do occasionally sing while I’m out walking. Thankfully it is usually around 630am and no one but the birds can hear me!

  23. I like to read while on the treadmill or bike and sometimes I forget where I am and laugh right out loud. Or, with the book I’m reading now, I know I get these big shocked looks on my face. When I catch myself doing it, I look around to see who might have seen me – believe it or not, no one is ever even looking at me 🙂

    I agree with you on the tv – at our gym, you’ll often see the Food Channel on (and it’s the people exercising who pick the channels). I must admit, though, that on Sunday mornings when I’m working at the gym, I watch the Food Channel almost all morning, but at least it’s out at the front desk. There’s just no good tv on Sunday morning!

  24. The parking lot thing totally kills me. Did people ever think that maybe they wouldn’t have to exercise so much if they did little things like *not* taking the closest spot to the door? Sheesh. Anyway, keep up the great work Carole. You are well on your way to your goal!

  25. Forgot to say, What a great kitty picture! Is he screaming “Don’t even think of invading my space”? or just yawning 😉

  26. Good for you! Yes, there are drawbacks to exercising in public (maybe if you cried you could just pretend you were overcome with the joy of healthy living?).

    I looked through my old pix and I have ONE of you. Spinning.

    And, Julie, the answer is, of course, “both.” Cats multitask.

  27. We live 3 blocks from our gym, yet my significant other drives us there. We park in a parking garage, sometimes on the 3rd floor, and then take an ELEVATOR to the bottom. Yes, indeed. When I go on my own, I walk…………..really.

  28. Mason gets to doze in the comfy chair while you’re working your @$$ off at the gym… what’s wrong with this picture? 😉

  29. I totally know what you mean about people and parking at the gym. I mean come on people, a few extra steps won’t hurt!

    I’m also cracking up at the picture of you throwing your hands in the air while crying and running to St. Elmo’s Fire… 😉

    I think my worst gym nightmare is flying off the back of the treadmill. I’m really uncoordinated, and am very wobbly on the treadmill if I don’t focus on the same spot the whole time. If I look around or up at the TV, I’m bound to go flying backwards and slam into the wall of mirrors right behind the treadmill. Now that would be embarrassing.

  30. Hilarious observations…and there are many, many more!
    Yes, I too love that *glow* but I would also like to smack those pretty-young-thin things that after 3 hours running on the treadmill don’t even break a sweat…and I start sweating after 15 minutes!! Sorry…just envy talking!

  31. I have seen the same thing, people will waste half a tank of gas trying to find a spot near the door and they are the ones who most need to walk. I always find a spot a good distance away and have walked to the door before they even find a spot.

    And Mason sure looks comfy.

  32. I completely understand about ‘getting too into the music’. I listen to a lot of Black-eyed Peas and such while on the treadmill and sometimes I just want to dance. I try to reel it in though and only tap. 🙂

  33. Your observances are DEAD ON!

    Once when I was at the gym, I got SO into the music that I dropped my iPod onto the moving treadmill platform & it went flying off the back. I was SOOO humiliated.

  34. HAHAHAHAHA I’m with you on the food commercials. I don’t know how some people can come in and watch cooking shows while they exercise. Can we ban the weight-loss pills too?

  35. You know, if you do get too into your music from time to time, it would give your fellow Y-goers something to write about on their blogs 🙂 Seriously, though, keep up the awesome work you are doing with your gym patronage. I need to find one with child care so I can get my ass in gear, too!

  36. Great job! I have only hit 16 miles so far, and then lost my ride to the gym (have to go with someone who can get on base) and have been moving. But, we just got a treadmill last night and it’s warmer (in the 20’s!) so I can walk again at lunch. Thanks for continued inspiration!

  37. I feel like Mason right about now *yawn*

    I knew working out at home by myself was a good idea…I start singing out loud during the good songs… (like London Bridge…White & Nerdy and Smack That *g*) ;o)

  38. Oh, Mason is a handsome boy…

    Sometimes I walk down the street with my iPod on and singing along to the music just seems appropriate at the moment. Though passing teenagers usually find it hilarious.

  39. Hahaha, love the image of almost-dancing to iPod music. I’m usually singing or dancing at work, with or without the music… but I would probably try to restrain myself at the gym.

  40. Amen about the parking lurkers on their way into the gym and the food commercials on while you’re there. Ouch – it’s almost physically painful!

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