Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Working it out...

Disclaimer: Anyone who comes to my home within the next few days - I was informed that my blog was long overdue; so please excuse our mess.

Ok, so I've been busy, yah, crazy busy, and one of the things that I have been busiest with - yes I did it; I joined the gym!! Now first I'd like to pose the question - if one has never been in shape; how can they be out of shape? I'm sure I'm not the first person to ever ask this question. I'm sure it's been asked before by someone smarter, funnier and let's hope; fatter than me; yet it does make ya wonder...

Now admittedly I have NEVER gone to a gym. Well, I shouldn't say NEVER. This one time in band camp - (ha ha, No, not band camp; college.) This one time in college, I needed an extra credit, so I signed up for I think they called it weight training, but I went once and I NEVER went back - it's the only class in college that I ever failed; but me trying to work on those machines in front of really hot guys - yah, I was just too uncomfortable - and I was like a hundred pounds lighter then so imagine how great I feel walking into the gym now.
So picture this; I went to the gym with Michelle (Contemplating becoming legally) K and I spoke to Jesse the manager and he asked "So Paige where's the last place you worked out?" I had to laugh, I was like "Um - Woodglen Elementary 1979" haha, just kidding. What I actually said was "ah, no where, that's how I wound up in this shape." I mean who's kidding who - from May 1999 until early 2006, the only working out I did was lifting my size 42 DDD's a bazillion times a day to nurse a hungry baby and if that doesn't count there's been no working out for me. OH, except for this one day last year when I bought a Carmen Electra strip aerobics DVD; (yes, you read that right, I thought I'd kill 2 birds with one stone.) I tried it once, and word to the wise; don't attempt to make Cinnamon rolls while your doing an exercise DVD, it just doesn't work out and the rolls burn...

So anyway, I joined the gym last Sunday and so far I have gone everyday except, Friday and Sunday. I was feeling pretty proud of myself until last Thursday when I was convinced that this very fit girl was taking pictures of me with her phone and posting them on You Tube. (Do I have a healthy ego or what??) Now you may ask what I was doing that would have prompted her to snap my photo; but suffice it to say I have yet to figure out all of the circuit training devices and my means of getting in and out of each, aren't exactly orthodox. A la another Lucy moment no doubt. Top it off by just being considerably older than her and unbelievably outta shape and I'm sure she and her friends were having a rousing laugh at my expense. Alas misery does love company and although Michelle (Contemplating becoming legally) K has taken me under her wing and tried to show me how to use the machines; to my credit it was me who actually showed her how to properly open the leg rests of the hip abducter (Boy you should have seen us trying to maneuver our way into that machine before I saw someone pull up the plunger like control on the base) YIKES! We must have been quite a site - especially coordinated me. Oh boy, I hope you guys can picture this because this time even I have to laugh at myself. The word pathetic comes to mind; but hey I am the Queen of BEING HARD ON HERSELF so did you think I would cut myself some slack - heck no!!

Well, MCblK recruited me, and I've recruitred Lesa G, and Lisa B says that she's going to join too; so the fun is just beginning for me at the gym - Gee Luis I don't know why it takes me 3 hours to do a 1 hour work out - LOL Nah, that would never happen and truth be told I'm getting quicker and quicker. Yesterday I walked over a mile and then rode the bike for more than 10; in just 55 minutes. Every little bit counts I'm sure because it's a ton more than what I wasn't doing 2 weeks ago.

And here's that irony again; I just proof read this blog to my wonderful husband and he didn't laugh once. Ahh, the injustice; my humor is completely wasted on him; thank god I have you.

Well, that's it for now. I have to get ready to go the gym. Ya know it's true, once you start going, it's addicting - I mean I actually find myself looking forward to going. Who woulda thunk it.
Till next time...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Admittedly, of all the things I am NOT the Queen of; NOT the Queen of Exercising has got to be on the top of the list. For those of you who know me; I'm sure you are just colored surprised right now. For those of you who don't know me, I refer you to my picture with Maks from "Dancing with the Stars" in the blog entitled the Queen's Big Coup (June 8, 2007.)

Typically my exercise regime is limited to transporting my scrapbooking necessities to my monthly crop (non-scrappers; a crop is when people get together and scrapbook.) Now, don't make light of this as far as exercise goes, because my NECESSITIES consist of: A huge roll on suitcase that's packed to the brim, a tackle box, a shoulder tote, a hand held tote, a shopping bag, a die cut machine, usually several 12x12 plastic drawers of paper and a partridge in a pear tree. HAHAHA, Just kidding, no paper, ahh, there I go again, HAHA No - No partridge in a pear tree of course. Now, to most of my scrapbooking chums this sounds like a drop in the bucket; however, for all of you non-scrappers, feel free to make fun of this being my form of exercise and don't leave out poking fun at how often I do it.
Now the point is (YES, there's a point; there's ALWAYS a point.) Michelle (Not yet legally) K - (Yes it's been a year now and it's still not yet legally K; although sometimes she's K in my comments; but I digress...)has joined a gym and she has inspired me to consider joining as well. (OK pick your jaws up off the floor now.)
Anyway, she has gotten me a buddy pass so that I can try it out with her on Thursday. She claims that this should give her enough time to familiarize herself with the equipment so that she can show me how to use it; which is a good thing because I can barely figure out a treadmill; hence my stupendous figure.

To say the least i'm sure that this experience will provide me with a couple good blogs or two and you know me; anything for the cause. Once again I say "where are the cameras when you need em?" You just have to know that this is an accident waiting to happen - me and Michelle (not yet legally) K at the gym together. All I can say is hopefully, I will bruise nothing more than my ego... Stay tuned.

Till next time...