Thursday, March 13, 2008

i was the alien

I entered an alien world today. A foreign land. A place where I felt like I didn't fit in. It was the gym.

I was surrounded by all sorts of strange creatures. There were perky little housewives that come in groups of two or three. They stay mostly on the treadmills or ellipticals and don't stop talking to each other the whole time.

There are both males and females that know they have great looking bodies and parade around wanting others to notice. There was some mild flirting going on. There are the lone bodies who for the most part keep their eyes trained on the TV above them or a book or magazine in front of them. There are the super fit and those who obviously have a love affair with food - and everything in between.

As I am a people watcher, I walked on the treadmill and observed all that was going on around me. I felt out of place because I didn't have an I-Pod stapped to my bicep. I'm thinking that most people put those there because it draws attention to their well defined arm muscles.

I watched the weight machines in front of me in hopes that some day I would know how to use them. But I'll be honest, I'm intimidated by the group of large muscle men that seem to have claimed that area as their own.

I would have enjoyed watching one of the many TVs that hung in front of me but all that was on was sports. What's up with that? Maybe it's the time of day that I went, but there were plenty of women there and you'd think they would have something other than basketball, hockey, and CNN on. How about Regis and Kelly, or The View, or even the Price Is Right. Something to keep my mind off the exercise that I don't really want to be doing.

I haven't been to the gym for some time but am planning to make it a regular part of my life. I'm thinking I'll have to experiment with different times to go and I'll definitely be trying out different machines. There's more available now than there was a couple of years ago. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go buy an I-Pod arm band.

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Momma Roar said...

You go girl! You'll never regret it!

Don't worry about the other people in the gym - I think it was Ellen Degeneres who said "...we spend our time thinking about what other people are thinking about us...when all they're really thinking about is what we're thinking about them."

Melissa said...

Good for you!! Hopefully you'll be able to find a time that will really work for you. And I wouldn't worry about all the other people there... just do what is best for you!! :)

Lori said...

Good job working out.

I don't have an ipod either. But would like to get one too.

Hello dear friend. I've missed you.
I'm trying to catch up one yours/eveyone else's blogs.
I'm working on a post right now. So stop over sometime when you get a chance.

Love and hugs, Lori

Just Mom said...

...and this is why I prefer watching exercise programs in the early morning hours -- from the comfort of my couch. ;-D

Barb said...

Going to a gym twice a week I can certainly identify with you!

In my gym they have The View on plus a couple of other stations and they tell which channel/station to tune into. I have a CD and radio with earphones. So far I have only used my CD.

It really helps to haved a trainer. But, you already know how to use the treadmill, perhaps the gym manager could help you with the bikes, etc.

I'm super glad to hear you are using the gym. As momma roar, said, You go girl!

And remember everybody was once a beginner - at least that's what I tell myself!

Huckdoll said...

Yikes, your gym sounds intimidating! My local gym is sort of like that and after these years, I am still intimidated to use the circuit training machines without my brother or a friend there. You should try and get some sort of iPod or mp3 does make the whole experience a lot more bearable :) Good for you for taking charge and heading into the foreign land..the gym.

Steve said...

Good for you, sis!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

GO ON! Good for you. I can't wait till after the last baby - joining a gym is my treat to myself that year!!!!

Just focus on what you have to do!

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