I used to always want to join a gym. I had this fantasy of waking up on Saturday mornings, putting on my matching workout clothes, pack a gym bag with a towel, headset and protein bar and head off to the gym where I would run on the treadmill or elliptical, lift some weights, looking awesome doing all this of course and at the end of my workout head to the nearest Panera Bread for breakfast. Well, this fantasy never became a reality because when I did walk into a gym with the intention of getting a membership, I looked around at who would be my “workout buddies”, and I felt so intimidated that I walked right out. Now, this was no fault of my fantasy “workout buddies”, all they were doing was getting their workout in. This was completely me being so self-conscious and insecure that I knew there was no way I would be comfortable there.
Sometimes after an especially stressful and hard day at work, I wonder to myself why I hadn’t thought of or invented one of the many ingenious things that are out there that other people have made millions or even billions from. I could’ve invented the back-up camera or come up with Amazon or Google or even better, I could’ve come up with a diet that promises instant weight loss. Yes, the diet, all the many different types of diets out there are making quite a number of people very rich indeed.
We have all at some point in our lives been on some diet or another. Years ago I went on a diet to gain weight and drank ensure three times a day because I was told it would help me gain weight. Years later, I went on a protein only diet to lose weight and at some point or the other I went on a liquid diet also to lose weight. Neither one of them were successful. If you want to be on a diet, you have a wide variety to choose from, no-protein, only- protein, carb- free, only carbs, liquid, fasting, cayenne pepper and honey, lemon water, Ketogenic, Atkins, weight loss pills, South Beach…the list is endless. Seriously, I need to think of one, I’m tired of going to work everyday.
I have always admired people who are completely comfortable with their bodies, they love the way they look and walk around with complete confidence. In fact, if it was socially acceptable, they would probably love to walk around completely naked, showing off their beautiful bodies confident in the knowledge that they look freaking awesome. I am however part of the other group of people, the ones that are not completely comfortable with their bodies and would rather walk on a bed of nails with a concrete slab on their head than be seen anywhere but inside the comfort of their homes with no clothes on.
I think there are two types of runners: treadmill runners and outdoor runners. I am myself an outdoor runner and only use the treadmill if I am out of town and not familiar with the area enough to go run outside. I recently purchased a treadmill for my home gym and I have yet to use it even though its the height of summer here in Florida and running outdoors can be a bit of a challenge what with the sun beating down on me mercilessly. Continue reading “Treadmill vs. Outdoor Running”
Another week has gone by and I am seriously beginning to think that I am never going to find, what is turning out to be, the very elusive additional six hours in my day. But I am not a quitter and I will continue to search high and low until I find these hours gosh darnit! Until then however, I continue to make the most of my time whenever I can and see how I can save as much time as possible by making changes and adjustments to my routine. One of these adjustments is to make my own lunch for work and take it with me everyday.
I have so far still been unsuccessful in my search for an additional six hours in the day but as promised, the second I find the hours I will for sure share this with all of you. I have made a lot of changes to my lifestyle and routine in order to maximize the time available to me and save time whenever possible and one of the changes I have had to make is to somehow fit my workout into my day.