I need to vent for a second about… the gym. Quick story. Over the course of 2009 I put on a bit of weight and after New Year’s 2010 I realized my regular visits to the gym were not doing a thing for me. I scaled back the calories (even more) quite significantly and did some activities almost daily that I enjoy (biking, long walks) but keep in mind I was still in school in Seattle where it’s not 20 degrees in Jan/Feb/March, more like low 50s. We’ll have to talk about how to workout in places other than the gym in the winter time, but that’s a story for another day. By the end of May I was down a good 30 pounds. I went to the gym, maybe twice Feb-May of this year. And after visiting the gym for the first time yesterday, I now remember why I stopped going. I looked around and just about every single individual on a treadmill or elliptical machine was way out of shape and I highly doubt it was everyone’s first night, week, or month at the gym. Thus, these cardio machines clearly do NOTHING for anyone as far as taking off that extra tummy or booty is concerned. And no I don’t find bench pressing on the regular to be an enjoyable form of exercise, no thank you. Don’t get me wrong, I hate cardio machines too, I feel like a hamster every time I use one.
No fun. Anyways, I admire everyone who has the discipline to workout on a regular basis but I just find it so discouraging when I’m trying to accomplish a goal and from the looks of everyone who has clearly been using the gym for some time, it’s all just a big trick. I brought this up in the first place because I’m trying to drop seven pounds by mid November, went into the gym last night, busted butt on the elliptical, ate a really healthy dinner (small piece of salmon – fish is an amazing low calorie dinner in case you didn’t know) and my first weigh in was this morning: didn’t lose a fraction of a pound. Obviously, I'm going to keep at it, goal date is November 10th. I’ll let you know what happens.
Whew, venting is the best therapy ever, thanks for reading! I already feel better.