Jan 3, 2012

Radical Ideas

I had a great eating day. Stayed within my points, ate real food and drank water and only one coffee! I'm weaning myself off coffee, not because I think it's bad for me but because my friend Shelley pointed something out to me a month or so ago and I think she might be right. I put a lot cream in my coffee, like 4 of those little plastic creamer things in a 6 oz cup. One day, watching me hog all the cream on the table, she said, "Do you even like coffee or do you just like cream?" You know what...I think she might be right. I don't think I really like the taste of coffee, it always tastes bitter, hence putting in so much cream. I do love tea and drink it slowly and savour it. Coffee...I only finish half a cup and the rest goes cold....cause you know....cold cream made hot by coffee then gone cold is just gross!!

Anyway....off track. Today's problem. I packed my gym stuff last night, put it in the car this morning and stopped at the gym on my way home. Drove around the parking lot - several times - had to weave and squeeze past cars that were not actually in parking spots or in parking spots they created in the middle of the driving aisles.  I parked in front of the door and looked in the window. Packed! People were actually standing around waiting for machines. I waited for 20 minutes and no parking spot came open. This is a big lot, it must hold over 200 cars. Other than park illegally on the street or invent my own spot - there was nothing I could do but leave. Even if I had found a parking spot or made one up - I hate crowds. You know how people have nightmares about drowning or falling or being trapped in a burning building? My nightmares are about crowds.

You know what? I was really disappointed. All day I had been thinking about running 3k on the treadmill in the women's only section of the gym. I had my playlist, my water bottle, I even bought new earbuds!

Now....it is most likely going to be like this right after work for the next few weeks. So..what do I do? Go later? I have to be in bed by 10 so I can wake up at 430 and be half human. If I go later, I don't think I'll be able to fall asleep in time, by the time I come home, shower and unwind - it's going to be late.  Get up earlier? How much earlier would I need to get up? If I slept in my workout clothes - one advantage I can see to being single - and had my workclothes ready in a bag and woke up at 4:15 and immediately went to the gym, I could work out til 5, shower, brush my teeth, dry my hair at the gym and be on the road at 5:30 like I normally am....couldn't I? Is 15 minutes a huge difference? Most mornings I wake up about 20 minutes before the alarm goes off anyway....not that I GET UP...but I am awake.  Do you think this doable? Not forever - but for a few weeks til the Resolutionists drop away?

This is a very radical thought for someone who hates mornings, the dark and the cold; for someone who loves, loves her down comforter and every moment of sleep when its dark outside.

Tomorrow night is Weigh In Night. Weight Watchers will also be full of Resolutionists. But as long as I get a seat for the meeting, I'll be happy.


  1. I can see how frustrating that could be but on the other hand you have to give it to the people who are trying to better themselves for the new year. Good on you for atleast making the effort to go and trying to find a solution that will work for you Enz. You will figure it out!

  2. Dang!!! That sucks about the gym...I could never go in the morning...I like to go on the weekends and after work, but so far my gym has not been too crazy.

    Good luck at weigh in!

  3. Thanks for the reminder that it will be packed at Weight Watchers this week. I'll need to go early on Saturday to get my regular seat.

  4. Your not crazy, it's a great program. We're going to rock that challenge.

  5. I totally think it's doable. It's pretty much going to get down to how much you want it. And we know for a fact that a lof of these people will disappear shortly. I think you can do it!

  6. 80% of those so-called gym rats will fall to the "weigh" side in no time. So yeah! Go for it! I say this: DO the very best we can, all the time... because life has a way of getting in the way! So the down time and cheats and all - I never build them in.... they seem to happen enough on their own!
    Ride your wave of enthusiasm!

  7. Enza--can't help about the crowds but if the mornings are not doable, I suggest parking at the Harvey's at Fennell and make the 1 min walk!?

  8. Haha, Resolution time! I've seen several bloggers post about this - the gyms are packed all of a sudden. The commitment will more than likely die out - oh jeez I'm Negative Nancy about it. You have to blame the media too, every commercial is about joining a gym or some diet plan! 'Tis the season though....

    Anyhow, new follower here. Looking forward to catching up on some of your older posts. Happy New year!