Saturday, March 1, 2008

lose, your blues, everybody cut footloose...

Today was the big reunion. We parted on awkward terms, seeing very little of each other before the big break. I was even paying for the offending party to stay away from me. So this is a big deal. I finally found it in my wicked little heart to reconcile...

...with the gym, duh! You guys thought my life had reached soaring heights of drama, and I was really just talking about the gym. Sheesh.

So I went this morning, with all of the accoutrements that make us feel bad-ass there, but really just slow us down. (ie iPod, water bottle, phone--because God forbid I am inaccessible for one hour)

I had my playlist all set. It's called "no shoe dropping," which is a reference to my crippling depression and my subconscious obsession with the other shoe dropping in any and all circumstances. Of course my loyal readers (hi Mom!) will remember that Footloose is the absolute highlight track, and I rocked out to it while doing calf raises, lifting 90 pounds--a very big deal for me.

My workout began with the gluteal interval course on the treadmill, which really got me pumped--pardon the cliche. Between completing that course, and Survivor blasting Eye of the Tiger in my ears, I practically swaggered into the weight room, thinking I was Arnold Schwarzenegger, except he would never have a pink iPod arm band. After completing my set, I returned to the treadmill and selected the most intense incline track, with which I have had a severe love/hate relationship for four years. I should mention that I hadn't showered yet, which is extremely uncomfortable, and I also kept mouthing the words to my music, which wasn't helping me earn popularity points, but the real fun started when I had to clutch the bar with all my might when the incline reached its summit. I suddenly became keenly aware of my greasy hair, my bra straps showing, my pathetic loserness.

But oh well. I refuse to cheapen my proud achievement with negative self talk. There'll be plenty of that on other days. Today I'm basking in the glory of bettering my life. (Queue music)

Still, I was really disappointed afterward when I looked in the mirror and saw Kirstie Alley.

7 comments:

Brandy Kinch said...

Good job using the word gluteal in a blog, and even better job working your ass right out. I'm ever so proud of you and think you deserve a big treat :D

mamakendra said...

Hey, yea you! It is, after all, THE 1st!!! I have a membership at Courthouse too, just celebrated my 1 year anniversary 3 days ago (1 more year to go). I can count on two hands how many times I have gone. This happened in CA too, only I was paying $40 a month down there, not $60! eeek! Good thing I dropped the childcare for 4 kids...that was KILLING me to not go and be paying that (and we needed that $ too...so mucho guilto). Anyway, this isn't about me, again, it's about you. The hardest part is going, and you did it!

gail said...

kirstie alley came to visit you, huh? that would be the only way you could possibly look in the mirror and see her. good job kicking butt at the gym!

Adam said...

Well done you!

I'm madly curious to know all the tracks on this compilation.

Chey said...

as if. you know my compilation cowers in inferiority to your myriad masterpieces.

i'll never tell.

Sam said...

Good Job!

I can't do the gym thing. Not yet anyhow. I'll live vicariously through you. I need some ab work. Take care of that for me, will you?

Chey said...

ugh, the ab-thing.

i've had little success with exercising the abs away--i believe it is virtually impossible to isolate one area for fat loss. anyway, the alternative i've concocted is the home tummy-tuck (patent pending). all you need is a l-o-n-g serrated bread knife, towels, and 911 on speed dial on your phone. oh, and a serious mental illness. (check!)