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It’s too bad I have to actually do these exercises for them to do any good.

I can think of a plethora of reasons not to press that start button. My head is fuzzy from medication and sleep. I have a day’s worth of work to do before I can leave for work (get dinner into the slow cooker, empty the litter boxes, collect and take the trash to the road, shower, get dressed, the list goes on). I simply do not have time for it. Even getting up at 5 am doesn’t afford me enough time for this twenty minute workout.

Why can’t I just look at the exercises and blog about my complete lack of desire to move from this warm bed have the desired effect? Life may be full of possibilities, but exercise by osmosis isn’t one of them.

I know what will get me going. I’ll turn on some music to start my day…and dream of a [boy] I used to know. I’ll close my eyes… Shit, that’s not helping at all!


Top Ten Reasons Why I Don’t Work Out

I’m making this list for two reasons: by naming what keeps me from the gym I hope I can figure out how to overcome it; top ten lists tend to fare well as blog posts.

8. I have a ridiculously over-demanding job (negative) and I have a dog to come home to (positive). (Sissy)
7. Watching someone else workout on TV from the comfort of my couch is so much easier (Katie)
6. I’ve over-scheduled my live. (Frank)
5. I didn’t sleep well last night.
4. It’s cardio day. I think I’ll skip.
3. I sometimes have to cook dinner, and I think I have to serve it at 6:00.
2. I put the needs of others before my need to go.
1. I don’t go to the gym straight from work.

That’s only five reasons. That makes for a lame top-ten list, but it leaves some spaces for you. Why don’t you work out?

Stepping Out of My Routine

I hate stepping out of my routine, even for little things. Someone (LadyVol1?) commented at some point that I had a need to be in control. I think that’s at the heart of why I dislike so strongly changes in my routine.

Spontaneity? I can handle that, which might sound contradictory. However, I like surprises. Also, there’s no way to have three kids without being at least a little flexible.

Today I am attending a work-related dinner. I enjoy spending time  with my colleagues, but I’m missing my workout. There’s a spiritual practice involving living in the moment that could help me in these situations. It seems so pointless to expend energy wishing one could avoid what one perceives as an interruption. Living in the moment makes sense.

Swiss Ball Workout Is Kicking My Butt

I started a new workout from Men’s Health on Friday. The workout is called The Better Way to Bigger Biceps. The twist is, there are no bicep curls or exercises that specifically target the biceps. After just three sets of 8-10 reps of dead lifts, I spend almost all of the remaining hour-long workout lying on top of a Swiss ball and lifting dumbbells every way imaginable.

I’m not using very much weight—just 8 lbs—but spending so much time balancing on the Swiss ball works to “…shore up your weak spots, by strengthening the muscles that surround your joints. After 4 weeks of working your muscles from all angles, you’ll find that you’re stronger in nearly every upper-body exercise, including the bicep curl….”

So far the workout is kicking my butt. I’ll let you know what I think about it after having done it three times a week for a month.

Lifting Dumbbells on the Swiss Ball

Madonna Got Smart

I recently found Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor as a continuous mix on Rhapsody. I suspect the CD has always been formatted this way, with songs flowing from one to another. But if you get your music via digital download, then there’s always a break between songs as the next track loads. Is this a huge problem? Of course not. But when there’s an easy workaround, why not provide it? It works great for a workout.
If anyone knows a way to encourage artists to do this more often, point me in the right direction!
Madonna appears on

Confessions On A
Dance Floor (Non-Stop Mix)

See album review  |  See similar albums

Record Label: Warner Bros.

Originally released: 15-NOV-2005

Share Your Playlist

I’m always looking for music for my workouts. I subscribe to Rhapsody through Verizon Wireless, and that gives me unlimited subscription access to music. So why do I wind up listening to the same three albums over and over?

Here’s a playlist I cobbled together from some favorite one-hit wonders from the 80s. If I put my player on shuffle, it should do me for awhile, but I want your ideas. Post your workout playlist as a comment.  > Playlist Central  > Playlist

80s One-Hit Wonders


Listen to Playlist: Playlist     Play/Add All
Play/Add Track Artist Share
Listen to Track: I Melt With You 1. I Melt With You
Listen to Track: 99 Luftballons 2. 99 Luftballons
Listen to Track: Walking On Sunshine 3. Walking On Sunshine
Listen to Track: The Promise 4. The Promise
Listen to Track: Mickey 5. Mickey
Listen to Track: Breakout 6. Breakout
Listen to Track: Send Me An Angel '89 (Edit) 7. Send Me An Angel ’89 (Edit)
Listen to Track: Life In A Northern Town 8. Life In A Northern Town
Listen to Track: Der Kommissar 9. Der Kommissar
Listen to Track: Always Something There To Remind Me 10. Always Something There To Remind Me
Listen to Track: Genius Of Love 11. Genius Of Love
Listen to Track: Fade To Grey 12. Fade To Grey
Listen to Track: Come On Eileen 13. Come On Eileen
Listen to Track: Video Killed The Radio Star 14. Video Killed The Radio Star
Listen to Track: Voices Carry 15. Voices Carry
Listen to Track: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) 16. You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Listen to Track: Cars 17. Cars
Listen to Track: I Want Candy 18. I Want Candy
Listen to Track: One Night In Bangkok (from "Chess") - Murray Head 19. One Night In Bangkok (from “Chess”) -…
Listen to Track: Too Shy 20. Too Shy
Listen to Track: On The Dark Side 21. On The Dark Side
Listen to Track: 867-5309/Jenny 22. 867-5309/Jenny
Listen to Track: I Know What Boys Like 23. I Know What Boys Like

It’s Been Two Days Since My Last Workout

My Arm after a WorkoutIt’s been two days since my last workout. Now that may not sound like such a big deal, but working out has become increasingly important to me. I get a little anxious if I don’t carve out the hour or so it takes to hit the gym and run through my cardio or weight routine. I’ve been working out regularly for five years now. I’ve come to see it as a necessary part of my day.

The fact that I do it at all still amazes me. I have started and stopped at various times throughout my life. Never overweight (really kind of skinny), I never stuck with a program long enough to feel the benefits.

How did I finally get into a fitness routine? It took hooking up with a personal trainer. My partner and I and another couple split the cost of scheduling time with a trainer. Eventually working with the trainer got too expensive because the couple dropped out of the picture. However, I stayed with it long enough to begin to understand the basics and to overcome feeling intimidated at the gym.

After I left the trainer, I joined the local YMCA where I followed the Body for Life program. I stayed with the Y for three years, and now I’m a member of a gym hosted by a local church. It’s an incredible facility that costs me in a year what I was paying for a monthly family membership at the Y.

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