Christmas, Christmas time is near
Posted: Thursday, Dec. 06, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Brittany Sajbel is an associate attorney in Concord. Her March wedding planning has hit quite a few bumps in the road, but she remains positive and sane with the help of her amazing fiance, Neil Love, and their two furbabies, Gemma Bean and Kitty Caroline. Contact Brittany here.
The holidays are upon us, and no sooner can I buy sugar-free peppermint coffee creamer than its time for gluttonous amounts of food, sweets, and libations.Having begun a new job several months ago, I knew that Christmas parties and festivities would most likely be a part of the mix. I did not know that I would have five invitations for work-related events, two from Neils job, and three personal events. Ten events in the next twenty days. For those of you that are good at math and realize what a hot mess that is going to be, yeswe are doubling up on at least one of those days. Coupled with the fact that cold weather makes me want to stay indoors and hoard food like a squirrel, the chill in the air and the shorter days make exercise a miserable event for me. In the past several weeks, I have begun running on a much more regular basis than I ever have before. By running and regular, I mean at least every other day, at a legitimate pace, for a respectable distance. I feel like an Olympian compared to where I was six months ago. While Im incredibly proud to feel healthier than ever, I am also becoming more and more reluctant to get myself out to pound the pavement. That said, I took it upon myself, after a discussion with my fiancé, to join a gym five minutes from where I work, on the way to and from my office. For a mere dollar a day (yes, just like the commercials), I am Fitness for Hers newest member, prepared to guilt myself into a fitness routine for the next several months. With as tight as money has become with the wedding coming up, a $30 monthly commitment was a big deal, but Neil was gung-ho and extremely supportive about me joining. He even asked if we could get a couples discount until I told him it was a man-free zone. While women-only wasnt a specific selling point for me, it does mean the gym will generally have less traffic and probably be cleaner than the average Golds. On the days when I do decide to use the weight-lifting machines, I wont have to worry about throwing out my back trying to exchange some dudes fifty-pound weights with my fives.Exercise is not an enjoyable experience for me. I sweat and curse my way through it, and by the end of it, I rarely get that high that so many people achieve. I feel icky and the biggest pep talk I can usually give myself is, Thank God I survived another round. I thought I would get more excited about working out the more physically fit I got, but pretty much every time Im running I still find myself thinking, Id rather be sitting through a deposition. By recognizing my exercising weaknessthe fact that I simply hate exercisingand exploiting anothermy prideI plan on shaming myself into working out. As much as I absolutely love Flex + Fit, its too easy to skip out on a class thats a 40-minute drive away. By the time Im done with work, drive to Flex & Fit, take a class, and drive back home, Ive spent over two hours of my precious post-work time to be there. Now that its dark outside, the trip is all the more desolate. While the quality of the classes is totally worth the gas, time, and energy it takes to get there, my excuses overpower all of it nine times out of ten.Now, I have a gym that I can go to on my lunch break, with time for a shower and blow drying my hair afterwards. This gym has hair straighteners and curling irons in the bathroom along with a ten-person sauna. I am paying to belong, and that might be my strongest motivation right now. The experts say that one trick to decrease the unhealthy things that you eat is to hide the junk food. Out of sight, out of mind. Unfortunately, thats the way that my gym experience has been for too long. If its not in my face, I dont think about it, and thats a huge problem for millions of womenwe dont find time for our health because its too inconvenient. But ten or fifteen years from now, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterolthose will all be significantly more inconvenient than a quick trip to the gym. Now that I have no way to avoid the gym and its big, pink neon sign, Im hoping and praying that I can get myself where I want to be by March 23rd.No Excuses, Exercise Like a Champion.
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