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5 Lessons For Getting in Shape

Lesson #1 – NEVER skip workouts – even when too busy to get to the gym.  Even if you have to stop what you’re doing (i.e. directing a musical production – organizing a recital – vocal and piano lessons) and say to whom ever you’re with, “I’m sorry – but I have to get to the gym now – or my body will punish me later and we wouldn’t want that, would we?”  I’m sure they will all understand and wait for you.  (Yeah right)

Lesson #2 – When you finally DO make it back to the gym – under no circumstances should you compare yourself with other skinny and younger people around you.  You are NOT  looking at them – so you KNOW they are not looking at you.  (Again – yeah right)  You should continue on with your weight regime and try to concentrate on your own business – without staring at the other people incredulously that are doing chin ups across from your lame leg curls.  They deserve to be stared at incredulously.

Lesson #3 – No matter what – you MUST NOT giggle!  It’s offensive to the people around you – AND it draws attention to the fact that you are a wimp – laughing more than doing the actual sit ups.  There should be NO joy in the gym – it isn’t allowed.  Even the people on the HUGE posters look scary – even when they smile.

Lesson #4 – Try to look like you know how to operate the equipment.  Every machine is different with a little thingy that you pull or push to adjust – and the whatchamajiggy for getting the prongy thing into the lowest amount of weight possible.  I myself am an expert at working every machine now – but it took careful preparation and patience.  And if I can’t get it – I call Greg over.  The same holds true for the treadmill.  Just look like you know what you’re doing – and you just blend in.

Lesson #4 – Try to join a class.  There are many at my gym to choose from.  I want to join them all but Greg says I can’t.  He is very mean.  I have, however joined a Zumba class (with my friend Jackie Christensen) that meets once a week on Friday nights.  I used to look ridiculous because I didn’t know any of the moves.  Now I still look ridiculous – but at least I’ve been going long enough that I know the moves.  At least some of them.  Okay – not many of them – but you get the idea.  Try to join with a friend or two.  My friends are too smart to do this however – and my daughter ended up coming with me.  She has many friends coming with her each week – and I’m sure they laugh at me.

Lesson #5 – Don’t let anyone criticize or make fun of your efforts for trying to get into shape – such as my friend Ron Almberg did – by posting a HILARIOUS article on his blog yesterday about a woman trying to get into shape.  Is it a coincidence that this woman sounds very much like me?  I think not.

And finally – just relax and have fun.  If you can’t laugh at yourself before the gym – you will really see the humor in yourself, the people around you and everything in general – AFTER  going!  Remember – just keep moving!

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