Five things I learned today:
1. Never assume that you can pull/push/lift as much weight in the gym as a previous person on the machine has. What a SHOCK when first using the machine – if you don’t adjust. (Those MEN!!!)
2. Never be intimidated by men in the gym. They serve only to scare women into thinking they are wimpy. And it works.
3. Never workout on the elliptical machine next to two men – even if one of those men is your husband. It’s just wrong.
4. Never compare your heart rate to your neighbor’s. My heart rate is a good 20 beats higher per minute than Greg’s is – and that’s just standing still. On the elliptical – FORGET IT!
5. Never take your hands off the ‘heart sensor’ – or it will yell at you. For me it is good to push past the ‘normal’ perimeters of what is ‘safe’ or normal on the machine – because my heart rate is always faster than normal. And I’m okay with that. I have to make the adjustments and be okay that I’m weird.
Greg tells me that I have the ‘heart of a hummingbird’ – and I guess that’s the way it is just going to have to be. As long as I can have the ‘soul of an artist’ then all is well.
A few weeks ago I FINALLY learned how to program the treadmill at the gym where Greg and I belong. Everything is “state of the art” equipment – and it SHOULD be user friendly – but unfortunately it did not have ME in mind. Not that I’m some “dumb bunny” – I can figure my way around computer programs – I’ve even taught myself some things without ANY help from anybody – and though it did take me longer to figure it out than most – at least I DID figure it out eventually and am quite proud of myself. One such program was a complicated music software program. It took a while to get my digital piano and computer to “play nice” together – but they finally did – with a gentle nudge or two. And I’ve figured out other things on the internet myself too – and even have an iPhone which you have to be able to navigate around on – so I’m very proud of my achievements – and yes – I LOVE the iPod on it – the music through my earphones is SO CLEAR!!
So needless to say – I felt quite qualified to “program” the cardio equipment. I would not say that I had a “proud” spirit – but I was confident. So began my journey into the bleak “unknown” of things I have NO IDEA about. I stepped onto the elliptical machine the first day we were there – and although Greg seemed adept and able to program his machine – I could NOT program mine. Nothing worked – and I just ended up going manual. The next time we were at the gym (not one to give up easily) I tried another machine, thinking that I was just having a rough day or something. Same thing. Nothing. So I went manual again.
Then I decided to try the treadmill – I mean, after all – how hard could it be to program one of those? Hmmmm. I stepped on it and saw about 7 programs and I selected one. Nothing. I tried again. Nothing. So I again went manual – which is a pain because you have to keep going faster by selecting the speed yourself instead of it doing it automatically. But being a “trooper” – I was not going to let anything get in the way of my workout – so push the buttons all through the workout – I did.
The next time at the gym I tried another elliptical – downstairs this time – right next to another on that Greg was on – and he again was successful – and AGAIN – I couldn’t program the stupid thing. And to add insult to injury – the panel went completely BLANK!! Greg said, “you broke it” very funny. He even made some crack about how I just needed to pedal faster and maybe it would magically appear again – it didn’t – and I felt ridiculous. So I came to a stop and went to the front desk and told a couple of the young guys behind the desk. I’m sure they were thinking to themselves, “this poor lady doesn’t have a CLUE how to program the machine” – but they didn’t say so – and one of them came with me to the back of the gym where the machine was. He had me jump on and start peddling – explaining that I wasn’t going FAST ENOUGH and that was probably why the panel didn’t light up. Well I peddled and peddled and NOTHING. So then it was determined that it needed a new battery – and off he went to put in a maintenance call. It was really annoying. I am NOT stupid – I just couldn’t get any of my machines to program correctly – or one that worked right!!! So I gave up and moved to the bicycle next to the “broken” machine. A few minutes later a man in his 40’s came over with a clip board and went right to the machine. I was glad to see him and told him that it was the battery that needed to be replaced. He nodded at me and seemed friendly and engaging – talking about the machine and this and that. I asked him how long it would take to fix the machine – all the while peddling away – and he then told me, “Oh I’m not here to fix the machine – I was going to use it – but now that you tell me it’s broken I guess I won’t” Oh brother. I told him he looked official because of the clipboard and he said he always walks around with one. Uh huh. Great.
The next time we were at the gym – I went upstairs and tried another treadmill. There was an older man on a treadmill a couple of machines down from me – and he saw that I was getting frustrated (as I always did when I couldn’t program the stupid thing) and he tried to give help and suggestions – but he clearly did NOT know how to do it either and just always went manual. Why do some guys think they know everything – even when they don’t? It was then that a very nice young woman came and asked me if she could help me – and I said, “PLEASE!!!” She showed me something so simple – that I had totally missed all those times. We got it up and running and I was all smiles – then the man said, “Did you get it?” And I said, “YES!!” I wonder what he thought about that – he didn’t even ask how to do it – just like a man!!
Well that’s all I know – it isn’t much – but at least I can program those machines now – and it’s the simple things in life that make me very happy ♥
Today while working out on the elliptical – Greg was watching one of the HUGE flat screen TVs they have at our club – and caught a doctor’s program. Subject: How drinking a couple cups of coffee before working out actually helps your workout – and decreases muscle pain. Well that was indeed good news for us – as so many people say caffeine is the enemy – or the Antichrist – or something like that. I never personally bought into any of this heresy and would staunchly defend my right to be a coffee lover and to drink it every day – even among all the doubters and “nay sayers” out there.
Caffeine is also an ingredient in Excederin Migraine – or any other serious prescription migraine medicine because of what it does to help reduce the blood flow to the brain stem – or some such thing. At least that’s what the doctor told me. When you have a migraine – ingest some caffeine and it really helps!
Now my friend Ron was pointing out to us the other day that while we are self proclaimed “coffee snobs” and like Starbucks french roast – that it IS NOT the bean with the most caffeine. It is the lighter roast bean that has the most – and better yet – something called “white coffee” apparently has 3 times the amount of caffeine!! Imagine that? I’ve never tried it – but it is said to be very mild and has no coffee taste at all. This is probably why I have not tried it – because to be perfectly honest – I drink coffee for the taste – which is why I like french roast. It’s not for what is does for me – but for how it tastes going down. And drinking white coffee would be to me…well…what would be the point?
I am happy to know this information however, and if I feel another migraine coming on – who cares about taste anyway? I’m lucky to just get a cup of coffee down! But that’s another story for another day – and if you look back far enough I believe I have a story or two about my migraine headaches complete with curling up in a fetal position and basically wanting to die. Add to that the vomitting and you have a REAL winner!
I’ve been “migraine free” for about a year now – and so I must be doing something right – and drinking that coffee doesn’t seem to be hurting me – so I will continue my “bad habit” and….have another cup!
Hope you have an awesome day – would you like to join me in a cup?
Yes it’s true. I have a crush on my personal trainer. He’s handsome and follows me around the gym. He’s very attentive and seems to know just the right equipment and the right “weight” for me when doing my workout. He’s patient and knowledgeable. Kind and funny too ♥ He’s also MARRIED. It’s shocking! But it’s okay. He’s married to ME!! ♥♥♥
Yes I’m lucky to have this strong handsome guy by my side doing a workout. And I’ve learned that he’s actually pretty handy to have around when I can’t figure out how to work a piece of equipment – or put the proper amount of weight on it. He even adjusts my positions for me so I won’t have to. the women at “Curves” NEVER did this! Who said that working out with just women was the only way to go? I’m liking my guy to be with me while I struggle to try to get “in shape” and lose a few extra inches here and there. Mostly here. And I am determined to lose it!
I see him looking at me. He can’t hide it – I see him smiling at me. I’m not exactly in the best of shape yet – but He can’t fool me! He is VERY charming – and such a sweet talker. And it’s nice to know that I don’t have to look a certain way – or even be a certain way to impress him. So I’d say it’s pretty mutual – and it’s also entirely applauded by everyone! So…I guess it’s okay that he has a crush on me too ♥
I think I’ll keep him. No one could ever have it as good. And I don’t even have to pay him! I get it all FOR FREE ♥
Hope everyone has an awesome day! My wish is that everyone could have a personal trainer like me ♥ But I’m pretty sure he is just MY personal trainer – you’ll have to get your own ☺