First of all, I thank all of you for your lovely and encouraging comments yesterday! I woke up nice and earlier than usual ready to take on a better day! It was great! I woke up, made breakfast, read over the comments from last nights post (I love getting those! its like waking up to presents! Like Christmas, even though I’m pure Jew and never had a Christmas).
I got to the gym and about 4 minuets in my warm-up on the “revolving staircase to hell”, I began to notice the theme of today’s post.
Gym pet peeves!
And boy do I know gyms! In college I was booted out of not one, not two, but yes, three gyms! Three gyms asked me not to come back without a doctor’s note (because its hard to remain idle when someone resembling Kate Moss circa 1997 running for over two hours on a treadmill walks into your gym).
When I moved back home to LA, I worked out at home, which you’d think would be better, but no. Since no one can kick me out of my home, I pounded that treadmill for even longer. I’d watch like seven food network shows (half hour shows) which was partly for the food porn but honestly, also some “studying” since I was in culinary school at the time.
Anyhow, I didn’t go near a gym until after treatment. Now the gym is actually a bit safer. I cant overexercise like I used to cause parking will only validate for 2hrs and I need to shower, primp, and all that stuff people do.
But I digress. Anyhow, I’ve noticed a lot of things that people do at the gym really irk me. Yea, of course its annoying when people fart or all the machines are taken, but thats common. I’m talking about things people really CAN control and do anyway.
-Trainers correcting you when you never asked for their help: I do appreciated if they fix my form to not injure myself, but like today some floor trainer came up to me and said, ” you know whats better than lateral raises??? this! (and he proceeds to show me some move he thinks is superior, leaving me to look like a feel like a dumbass that I dont know how to do shoulder exercises!). Granted, there are some machines I have NO clue how to use, but if I need help how to use them, I’d like to ask, dont approach me like and offer me an alternative YOU think is better. I know my body well enough and if I need to know more moves, I’ll do the asking.
-Having all the TVs be on the same sports station. I know, the world cup is going on and stuff, but I wanted to come to a gym, not a sports bar. I realized how many people were not exercising, just watching those three tvs, lined up side by side, broadcasting the SAME GAME! All I want was just one to be on Giada. Shes so nice to watch because lately, her show has been her cooking and eating with her husband. It’s too cute; they have a picnic at the end of the show, smiling with their baby daughter, feeding each other tasty carbs. But no, I have to watch ESPN and sportszone.
-Having an incline of 15% and holding on to dear life of the hand rails: I know, its none of my business, but it bothers me! what the point! There are no hand rails when you walk up a hill, if you need to hold on, you shouldn’t be walking at such an incline!
-Talking or Texting on your Crackberry or Iphone: There are a dozen of signs at my gym that its a “no cell zone” but I feel like if your texting ortalking, your not working out, so why are you hogging the machine! Is there an app to vanish cell phones from the gym, I’d like to download it.
– The weight dropper: This is most commonly seen doing dumbell bench presses. At the end of the set, these people, rather than gently lowering the weights, send them crashing to the floor in a resounding BOOM. Two things: you’re are probably damaging the equipment that I help pay for with my monthly dues and we don’t care how much you are lifting.
-The girl whose the spitting image of me circa 2005: Yes, this on peeves me because it reminds me of me at my worst. I’m not jealous, I’m ashamed. I also feel sorry for her. Part of me wants to give her a hug and say she doesn’t need all this cardio, that she’ll get osteoporosis like I did, and that I know a few places that can help. And then of course the cynical side of me want to throw an Ensure drink at her.
There you have it folks! This is not true to all gyms, a the locker room pet peeves deserve a whole post on its own. Also, bear in mind I go to a fancy gym in Los Angeles where I’ve seen Alan Cummings, P diddy, James Cameron, and Rene Zellweger. The fact that my gym resembles the oscars peeves me too,
Anyhow…Todays recipe is a spinoff from yesterday. same ingredients for the turkey but you form them into balls and brown them on all sides. Then, simmer in a can of diced tomatoes for about 30 min. Voila! I had this with dinner and sprinkled “nooch” since I dont like cheese.
Also….Gues what I got today?????
The giveaway package I won from Naomi!
Feels good to win! I’ll do a giveaway sometime soon too so stay tuned….
I’m so glad today was a MUCH better, tastier, and “ballsy-er” day!