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New Week’s Resolution

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 23, 2011 by jganolik

Around New Year’s Day of last year, I wrote a post about how most people make new years resolutions related to fitness and losing weight. I said that many make the decision to join a gym, and for the first week of the new year, they are gung ho about fitness. They are one with the treadmill and eliptical, and they have predicted how many pounds they will be able to bench press by “this time next year.” That lasts for about a week and then they go back to the exercise routine that they were on a week before Christmas: namely none. I said all of this last year and poked fun at those flaky fitness folks only to find that this year my resolution was exercize related. Yes, yes, I am a hypocrite.

Anyway, I made the decision that, to avoid the work out excuses that tend to form in the evening hours, I would start working out in the morning. It was foolproof: not only would I get my workout over with before the workday began, but I would be able to make plans with friends in the evenings without feeling any guilt whatsoever.

I went through with it for a week, and it was great: I got to see the sun rise, something I have not seen since I was in high school, I got to watch the morning news. I knew the weather, traffic report, and the scoop about who murdered who before most people hit the snooze button on their alarm clocks. The most interesting thing I learned was that whoever manages the closed captioning for the morning news types at the same time as the news personalities talk. And let me tell you, that person would have flunked Mario teaches typing.

I felt energized, I felt accomplished, I felt like I had discovered an hour of the day that I could call my own. So why did it only last a week? And how can I revisit this crazy yet logical routine change? It only lasted a week because one, I did not want to deal with untreated ice on the roads, especially since the breaks on my tiny Honda do not get along well with frozen liquids, and two, because the second I looked at my bed every evening last week, without warning or explanation, I found myself in my pajamas and under the covers with my alarm clock programmed to my normal wake up time. Just like magic.

This week is a new week though, and by that I mean, I will make my second entrance to the morning workout world. Weather permitting of course. And there you have it: my New Week’s resolution. Stay tuned for the full report.


Happy Anti-Procrastination Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 3, 2010 by jganolik

I went to the gym this afternoon and it was so crowded. Much more crowded than usual and it struck me that all of these extra people were full of good intentions, otherwise known as “New Year’s resolutions”. There was a line at the desk and countless people waiting around for an employee to bring them their gym contract and their extra large planet fitness t-shirt. That’s right, they only have the one size, or at least that was the only size they had when I registered. I guess XL could be considered a one-size-fits all thing, but it seems more to be one size fits some and drapes over others. Maybe the t-shirt functions as the pair of jeans that are often used in weight loss commercials: the pair that used to fit, but look at them now!

Another entertaining aspect of Planet Fitness is their motto: a judgment free zone. There’s even this thing called a “lunk alarm” which sounds whenever anyone grunts or passes judgment on others. I guess it’s a catchy shtick, but I’m fairly certain that most people spend their entire time at the gym passing judgment on everyone else and on themselves. And a lot of people go to the gym as to not be judged for not going to the gym. The list goes on. So while it’s a nice thought, sorry Planet Fitness, you had better sound the alarms.

Anyway, so when I saw the inrush of new gym members with their crisp, new workout clothing, I started to think about new years resolutions. I didn’t make one this year, or rather I made a new years wish instead: to be employed at this time next year. Hopefully that will happen, and I guess my unofficial resolution is to remain optimistic about that job search. But, there was nothing that I felt the need to drastically change about myself this year, or rather there was nothing that I planned to start changing on January 1st. It’s amusing how the first day of the year gives so many people a kick in the pants. It’s a nice thought to make the coming year a better one, to turn over a new leaf, to start afresh, to blaze a new trail, begin on the right foot. Okay, sorry, I’m done with the clichés. But I guess it’s just entertaining that three quarters of the population seem to have made that new years resolution about something related to their weight, or fitness. I suppose it makes sense because over the holidays so many people complain about the fact that they have gained weight from all of the sweets they have consumed, but how many of these people are going to actually stick to their newly founded regimes? How many will falter and make the same exact pledge next year?

Why does everything start on the 1st? Is it because people want to start the new year afresh, because they want to work off those pounds from the holidays (since they figure the holidays are all about indulging in vices), or is it something else? It seems as though that day has become a day of anti-procrastination. There is no putting it off until tomorrow on the first day of the New Year, because that day functions as the universal “tomorrow,” so to speak. So whether it be a new diet, to quit smoking, to join the gym, to spend more time with the family, there is no whining or excuses that are tolerated on January 1st.  And once the 3rd or 4th rolls around, another year of procrastination awaits.