Monday, April 16, 2012

Improvising at 7 a.m.

Last Thursday my friend, Mackenzie, and I were chatting online about working out, trying to lose weight, etc... She was going to be in town from Atlanta for the weekend and somehow she convinced me it would be a great idea to go to a Spin 60 class at 7 a.m. on Saturday. For those of you who have never been to a spin class, yes they are really fun and the music really gets my blood flowing, but lord baby Jesus, the seats are the most uncomfortable inventions ever and they will leave your lady parts bruised and sore for the next few days...especially after jumping into a full 60 minute class!

Regardless, I agreed (though I still think she somehow virtually drugged me to get me to comply). At 6:15 a.m. Saturday morning my "I'm Sexy and I Know It" alarm went off, I grumbled angrily from only 5 hours of sleep thanks to company being over much longer than I had anticipated, and I rolled out of my bed and into my workout clothes. 

When Mackenzie and I both arrived at the gym we noticed it was pretty dark in the building. We walked up to the door and noticed something was not right. After a quick search on my iPhone, we realized Mackenzie had misread the schedule and the class wasn't until 8:30 and the gym didn't even OPEN for another hour!! (I still love you, Mackenzie!)

We had two options. We could a) say "oh well" and go back to our warm beds without getting any exercise, or b) we could improvise and find something else to do at 7 o'clock in the morning and make waking up that early worthwhile..  We chose option B.

The spin class was at the campus gym and it has a big path around it. We decided to go for a walk and ended up moving from the track up the street to campus. It had been awhile since either of us had really spent any time on campus since we've graduated so it was really nice to get to walk around when no one was there. It was beautiful and very peaceful! A month ago I ran a 5k on campus, so we walked that same route and got in just over 3 miles. We didn't try to keep a certain pace, but just getting even that little bit of exercise was worth it. 

So here is my non-professional advice for all you hot mommas (and daddies) out there...sometimes you have to improvise. You can always come up with a backup plan. Say you wanted to go for a bike ride but find out you have a flat tire - go for a walk instead! There is always something else you can do, you just have to avoid letting that lazy demon on your shoulder keeping you from accomplishing something!!
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  1. Amen! It's so easy to say, "oh well, next time". That's how you start the slide to becoming a couch potato again! Great job!

  2. You guys are awesome for being so motivated on a Saturday morning! :) Something similar happened to me last week- the zumba class I usually go to was canceled due to instructor illness but the cancellation note recommended trying a hiphop class, so I did, even though I've never danced hiphop before- and you know what- it wasn't all that bad! haha.