July 07, 2008


[Cross-posted at SpouseBUZZ]

I asked AirForceWife if I could write this week's SpouseBUZZ Fit Club post because I just exercised for the first time in over a year. Seriously. I hate exercising.

For me, it's not a matter of finding the time to do it; it's the motivation. I could either go to the gym or sit on my behind and knit. That's a no-brainer. But when the husband and I decided to start a family, I found the motivation to go on a health kick. I cut all kinds of things out of my diet and started working out. After a few months with no baby, discouraged and disheartened, I said screw it.

When I had the first miscarriage, I figured there was no reason why I couldn't drown my sorrows in chocolate and wine. By the time I was pregnant again, I was six pounds heavier and not too keen on adding another 25 or 30 to that. So when I lost the second baby, I figured I needed to take advantage of that do-over and get myself in a little better shape while I had the chance.

But now we were back to motivation. I was even using gas prices as a cop-out; it's too far to drive to the gym. But today I had to go on post anyway, and I forced myself to go to the gym while I was there.

The girl at the front desk was really nice and explained to me how the system worked and what they had available. She also apologized that the air conditioning was broken in the building today. But I didn't really mind that too much, because it meant I would sweat more, and more sweat makes me feel like I'm working harder.

I didn't do anything phenomenal, just 30 minutes on the elliptical machine. But I had forgotten how good it feels to get moving. I had planned on only doing 20 minutes, since it was my first workout in a year, but I felt good enough to keep going. And I learned that Booker T's "Time Is Tight" is a great song to help me keep my pace steady, so I plan to run that on a loop on the MP3 player next time.

I also learned that the National Geographic channel is a terrible thing to have on the TV in the gym. One screen had ESPN and the other had baby seals getting eaten and bloodied. That's a workout buzzkill.

While I was driving home, my husband called me from Iraq. I proudly announced that I was driving home from the gym. His reaction: "Woah." I said, "Feel free to expound on how awesome I am." Heh.

I plan to keep this up a couple times a week. I know it's good for me.

Maybe next time the air conditioning will work.

Posted by Sarah at July 7, 2008 02:39 PM | TrackBack

I can't WAIT to read your fit club post! Yay!

I have to admit, I would have turned right around and walked out upon hearing about broken a/c. That's why I pay to go to a gym now - well, mostly the childcare, but the a/c too!

Posted by: airforcewife at July 7, 2008 02:51 PM

Heh, don't get too excited, AFW. It's...ah...the same post.

Posted by: Sarah at July 7, 2008 02:55 PM

I need to get exercise too! Want to be my gym buddy? We can motivate each other!

Posted by: Green at July 7, 2008 07:16 PM

Well, I read it again over there, anyway. :)

Hey! Now you can knit yourself some wristbands and a headband to soak up the sweat!

I do not have the self confidence to exercise in public wearing a headband myself...

Posted by: airforcewife at July 7, 2008 07:19 PM

One way to motivate yourself is to think about the time; 30 minutes is a very short time less time than you might spend in traffic most days...

Posted by: John Rohan at July 7, 2008 11:53 PM

I'll have to keep an eye out for that poster. Post it here perhaps?

And good luck with the exercise. I'm finding the deeper we get into this infertility mess the more I need to at least get out and walk for thirty minutes to an hour just to relieve tension. A pup or an ipod and some fresh air in the evening is a wonderful way to soothe the soul.

Posted by: Darla at July 9, 2008 01:53 AM

I too have been focusing on the gym. Later this summer I will be aboard a Navy ship. There will be stairs to climb. I don't want to be embarrassed. I am up to five whole minutes on the Stairmaster. I look like death, but I make it.

Don't worry, if I am not successful at the gym, I have a fall back plan. I will make it a point to always stand behind the tubbiest DV. That way when we pause going up a ladder, I can say "It's not my fault, it's Tubby here."

Love the line "Feel free to expound on how awesome I am." Your head is nearly as big as mine!

Posted by: Maggie at July 9, 2008 10:54 AM

Yay!! I'm proud of you! Sometimes I think the motivation factor is a bigger PITA to overcome than the lack of time factor.

Getting back into the habit of being active and daily exercise is something I've been working on while we're on the road and plan to try to make a habit once we are home. I'd love to get into the CrossFit routine but I'm focusing on baby steps at this point.

My goal is more tone to my arms before the MilBlog conference in September. Can't wait to read your next report!

And afw ~ you would look AWESOME in a headband!

Posted by: HomefrontSix at July 9, 2008 05:36 PM