Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Check ...

     Last week I started thinking a lot about how sedentary my life has become in the last year or so (pretty scary). Not only has my job that once included 45-50 hours a week of walking now turned into 40 hours behind a desk, I aso have about 6 hours commute time sitting in my car each week. I seem do a lot of sitting at home now too.

     I don't watch much TV, almost none. But I would not even want to start adding up the hours I spend behind my computer, both here in J-land and with photo editing, (eeek).

     The classes I take at night, although they do include a long hike through the parking lot and across the campus, still add up to another 2 hours a week of sitting, per class.

     Thinking about all of this made me start feeling pretty guilty about the gym membership I'm paying for at La Fitness and have not used on a regular basis in months (ok ... about a year). I know I'm not the only one out there doing this. 

     I asked my self what it would take to motivate me to get up and out and through the doors of that gym for the first few times, here's the what I came up with.

   check list

1. Call Sheila and see if she would consider getting up and out of the house before work in the morning so we could work out together.

    I called and YAY!!! she agreed to 3 mornings per week, (she is so not a morning person). check

2. Get my things together ... shoes, socks, sweats, t shirts, towel, blow dryer, lock, soap and shampoo, water bottle, etc ... check

3. Tell someone so I can't back out. Besides Sheila, I told Karen, Stella, my Sister and Mortimer ... Mortimer's gym entries are part of my motivation.  check

4. Call Sheila again and make sure she did not change her mind. check

5. Find out Sheila has been painting in her sweats and will need to go out to buy something new to work out in and decide that I too should go shopping for something new tonight.

     At first I was finding only odd unfamiliar colors (notice the peach and seafom in the photo above but YAY .. finally found old familiar black) I bought all three. check

6. Get clothes ready tonight for work tomorrow,  will be leaving for work from the gym after shower. check

7. Pack my bag and try to remember the combination to my lock. check

8. Set my alarm clock for 5:45 am check

9.  make a quick run through my favorite reads here in J-Land, and write this silly entry (first things first ya know). check

10. get a good night sleep ... soon to check that one. I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

     BTW ... my pick for J-link of the day is called Confessions of a Breck Girl, written by Artsy Albert.

     Albert is going to be a star, (ok ... an extra) in the film Pursuit of Happyness and he's blogging about it HERE.

     Albert is always a STAR to me, have I ever mentioned that I ruv Albert

     Remind me to tell you sometime about the butterfly with the window in his throat on my signature below ;-)



suzypwr said...

Don't forget the pretty accessories for working out - have fun!!


samnsmile5 said...

Good for you!!!  
I haven't been to the gym in a long time....I think the summer slipped by without me stepping foot in the gym...yes, I'm still paying for it too.  You have now officially got me "thinking" about it...NOTICE ~~ Thinking!!  Will i actually do it???

Let me know how it goes!!   :)
Michele  http://journals.aol.com/samnsmile5/LettingItAllSinkIn

luvmort said...

I wanna see some sweat! One, two, three, four! Let's get going now! Feel the burn!

nanmm11 said...

Motivation!! motivation! motivation! it slips away from all of us at times,your not alone there. I too was going three times a week to the gym but it only took two times of missing to make it into the "summer" of not going. Although, I do have the daycare kids back now and I was used to going in the morning as well but vow to get back on track when school begins and the kids are back to give me time for more "exercising" hang in there we're all on the same "bi-cycle" it seems. lol

cneinhorn said...

you go girl!  I"m so proud of you.  I started walking everynight and feel so much better.  baby steps coy...  keep us posted on your progress!

ryanagi said...

Ah! Yes. I too am paying for a gym membership and I am not using it. I should do something about that...really should.

lamove04 said...

Coy: Good luck getting to the gym-- your plans sound great!  Action is the key.

and thanks for all the pimping!!!  :-) Albert

mutualaide said...

Walking is my exercise passion and even that can be a thrash.  But, gee, came here to visit and I'm thinking, well, get up and move.  So I'm off!

sassydee50 said...

Good for you for telling on yourself about this and getting motivated! Now that it's less humid finally, I vow to start taking a brisk walk with my dog in the AM before I log into JLand. So far I did it once in the last week so tomorrow I am back at it. Thanks for the inspiration. My lame excuse--well it was humid agian for days... Sassy ;-)


dcmeyer420 said...

Yay, Coy!!! I went back to the gym about a week ago after I got rid of the kids. (They're alive, one is at the college dorm and the other started highschool) As a Mom, I always put myself way down on the priority list when the kids are home. Now, I have the time to take care of myself so I hope I can stick to it. Goodluck to both of us!!! http://journals.aol.com/dcmeyer420/DearDiary/  

sunnyside46 said...

good for you
I got out of the habit of walking when my back was hurt
i used to look forward to it all day long
now ,I want to do it ,but I dont'
does that even make any sense?
today, I'm gonna do it

txsguinan said...

Hey ~ isn't it tomorrow yet?  ;)

Has your LA Fitness updated it's equipment yet?  Mine has ~ no more treadmills consisting of six hamsters and a rubber band.  There's motivation for ya; I'll see you there!  :)