Hamster wheels and Cigarettes?

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday could not have gone better where being healthy goes, I ate 1715 calories, drank 1 gallon of green tea and a gallon of straight H2O intake was pretty much flawless. Getting to the gym was a jump through a couple of hoops but I did get there albeit a little later than usual I had a pretty good workout but I do have sort of a gym rant that I wanted to talk about. I am really expecting to hit a new low weight this week as I am really being strict with myself with the intake and making sure I drink enough, I even made a salad adder upper thingy in an excel sheet where I can input the ounces of each ingredient and it shows me the calories as a total for the salad at the bottom of the equation and I have been using it almost every night I have had a salad with dinner or as dinner since making it. When I am strict with myself I usually see results go figure! who wouldda thunk? on top of the eating well and balanced I have been at the gym like its my job and today may be the first day that I have to miss but thats ok because if I do I am planning on doing some calisthenics throughout the day and perhaps one of Wifys yoga DVD's.

Onto my small gym rant, Yesterday I arrived at the gym slightly later than normal and it seemed to make a difference because there was a lot of people there, straight to my bike per usual and I set it up to my liking and turned on Rachel Ray, two minutes in a funk comes wafting towards me. Not unusual to get some stank in the air at the gym right? wrong! this smelled like someone was dicing onions into their pockets and as unappetizing as the smell was perhaps someone had come from lunch straight to the gym so no worries, the guy moved to a different machine shortly after I got on my bike and on I rode.

After the bike ride it was time for some weights which felt good to do because I had been doing heavy cardio for the past couple gym trips, onto the treadmill I go. Gazing up at the line of treadmills selection was slim as the gym was pretty packed so I find an open Hamster wheel for me to walk on between a girl running her heart out and a fellow walking briskly and set up but I smell cigarettes almost as soon as I set the treadmill up. My initial thought was "why would someone smoke on their way to the gym?" followed immediately by "I can't stay here" so I looked around and saw another open treadmill across the gym and I hit stop and B lined for that other hamster wheel. Again I set up but again an odor! the distinct smell of Windsong perfume and I only know what it is because my mother wore this her entire life and I really dislike the way that it smells but it was better than cigarettes so I stayed and finished my workout next to the very fragrant older lady on the next treadmill over. I suppose I just don't get why someone would smoke on the way to the gym or drown themselves with enough cheap perfume to gag a French hooker and I don't yeah, the onion guy gets a pass because it WAS lunch time but C'mon people its the gym! close proximity to other people breathing heavily is to be expected and strong smells are not really recommended, rant off, I just had to share that with anyone reading.

I cannot help but to keep thinking back to when I started off just about two years ago and comparing the level of fitness that I had then and now and the stark contrast of the two. If I had not decided to change the way things were I may still be sitting bitter in that old leather couch that had the shape of me in it wondering why anyone would want to go for a walk instead or playing a video game while eating a whole bag of doritos. From that to what I do now, eat well, drink much and exercise daily I cannot reiterate enough that its a mindset that got me started and a lot of hard work is keeping me in the direction that I need to be heading in and I have to admit that the "hard work" is more and more becoming something that I enjoy rather than "work" at all. I enjoy the foods that I eat, I enjoy the tea that I drink and exercise is my down time and quickly becoming what I want to do all of the time. Taking a ride on my bike is what I want to do in my free time or going to the gym to work out cigarette guy or not I enjoy being there and seem to get a high or a buzz after a good solid workout which is an added benefit to the whole losing weight thang.

With that the end has come to another mind blowing episode of Fatman and Blobin so be sure to tune in tomorrow to see what adventures get tossed at the big man.

Keep on keepin on and all that.

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    The Eau de Success smells GREAT on you, though!
    3980 days ago
    my Grandmother used to buy me Windsong every year for Christmas, I just got rid of it all about a year ago, had many, many unopened boxes if that stuff, I dont like it at all. I got that gift every year for making the mistake when I was about 10 and telling my grandmother she smelled nice..nice for Grandma but not for me.

    Happy New Year Chuck!
    3980 days ago
  • BIGGIRL2082010
    Heh. The nose is a mighty powerful organ - I tend to ignore smells, otherwise I'd never complete a workout! :)

    And here's to the end of another awesome year and the beginning of yet another fabulous one!


    3981 days ago
    Fortunately I am still exercising at the wellness center at the hospital, so all I smell is old people and bengay! emoticon
    3981 days ago
    I HATE HATE HATE perfume overload, but especially in the gym. Honestly, I've never experienced any other smells that were too overwhelming, but the perfume just gags me.
    3981 days ago
    Guess I never really thought about the strong smells like that, but I can really see where they would bother you, especially the cheap perfume.
    3981 days ago
    Oh just brought back a memory from my old gym, and the man who would come in smelling like he bathed in cologne every night! I was always like you with the cigarette smoke scent...I could NOT workout anywhere near him, I would feel ill everytime i tried.
    3981 days ago
    I love your positive determination attitude. It inspires me. Thanks for sharing.
    3981 days ago
  • 1972ROSES
    I love that after all this time, I can feel your determination to get down to that next low number. Rock on, my friend.
    3981 days ago
    While I don't work out as you do - I agree - just walking gives me such a high, such a sense of accomplishment and I feel so good afterwards. So energized. Absolutely love reading your blogs! happy New Year Bozz!
    3981 days ago
    Yup, health certainly is our 2nd job. Smells bother me a lot and onions/garlic ugh but at least you got to move around and find other equipment.

    3981 days ago
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    My friend, the gym will be like this until Feb...usually Feb it will slow down. So it's going to be packed b/c everyone is going to get in shape for New Year's, so you will not smell your normal smells.And the more people that are there are just going to stink up the place. Enjoy your workout in the house. I find it nice to do something different, like a walk, or workout in the house...something fresh.
    3981 days ago
    Ha! I am not sure why anyone would put any on perfume before going to the gym. Sweet and perfume never mix that well. How well....glad you got your work out in!
    3981 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Enjoyed your blog. Sounds like one smelly trip to the gym. I use the small gym that is offered in the apartment complex I'm in, and I swear I'm the only one that ever uses it's kind of become like my own gym :)
    3981 days ago

    You're such a funny guy, always make me laugh! I'm one of those anonymous folks who subscribe to your blog & keep up with your progress, but rarely comment. Just want to let you know you are an inspiration to me and many others!


    3981 days ago
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