The World's Ugliest Gym

Friday, January 29, 2010

Hey, everybody (aka my mom, Carina and my bug, Liz). I'm draggin' today in a big, big way. Last night, I hung out with the ever so lovely Kimberly from My Wooden Heart. We saw Phoenix at the Hard Rock and carried on giggling through the night downtown. Too much fun, but more on that in another post.

So from my really, really, really vague last post, you may have deduced that I am attempting to make some big changes in my life. Emotional. Financial. Physical. Yep, physical. More than anything, I'm just trying to be really honest with myself about the life I currently lead and the one I want to be living very soon. I feel like, for most of us, our dream lives are within our reach, we just have to have the courage to fight for them.

Some of the changes I'm trying to make have led me to the world's ugliest gym. Like a lot of us in the new year, I'm trying to be more aware about the food I put into my body (and let's be honest, some of what I love most can't even be considered food. Flaming Hot Cheetos, for - um - example) and the love that I give to it. Since I'm not a super active person by nature, this means getting my booty into the gym more days a week than I don't.

So, when I say that I recently joined the world's ugliest gym, I'm not kidding. It looks like 1989 got the stomach flu and threw up all over the building. Seriously. In the past, I've belonged to gyms that felt like a luxury. This gym? Not so much. I pretty much hurry through my routine just to get the hell outta there and give my poor eyeballs a break from all the neon. Ugliness aside, however, this will be my home away from home for at least the next few months.

Here's what I can tell you... It feels really good to be really good to my body... and the term "personal trainer" is a stretch for some. Standing next to me and chomping your gum does not a personal trainer make. Oh, and if you're going to ask me to do three sets of fifteen leg lifts on the hanging chair, I suggest you give me a prescription for a heavy pain killer because I've only recently stopped crying when I sneeze. So, thank you for that.

And on that note, I'm off to the gym.

PS) If you see me rockin' this outfit at the gym, it's only to fit in with the ambiance of the building's decor. However, I do typically work out exactly like Jane Fonda in this pic. I'm old school that way.

{images via Google images}


  1. "I feel like, for most of us, our dream lives are within our reach, we just have to have the courage to fight for them."

    Our new mantra, of sorts. Love it, bug.

    Dude I'm bringing some leg warmers and we're hitting the gym. Ok, no we won't but I kinda want to see this place.
    I'm so proud of you, and I'm not just sayin that. Getting real is a bitch, but at least we have each other and Carina and our Moms.

  2. I absolutely love this post - you are so right. It takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears to fight for those dreams. I think it's awesome that you're working so hard for these changes. I wish you the best of luck!!!

    And I hate personal trainers too. Why don't they ever do the exercises with us?!?!?!

  3. Good for you! I need to get my butt back to the gym. You have to watch this

  4. Good for you. I haven't joined one, because I know I'd never go and then I'd hate myself for the wasted money.

    I wonder how everyone would respond if you did dress up in 80s work out wear!

    Love Phoenix! Listened to them in bed this morning.

  5. The ever so lovely? Awwww Love that!! Thank you.

  6. I think you need a thong leotard to go over hot pink bicycle shorts!

  7. I love you for that Jane Fonda pic. And also all the rest of it.

  8. HA HA HA please start wearing an outfit like that!

  9. i love this post! and i adore your blog!! your honesty is wonderful, i definitely believe this year i am being pro active about living the life i want to live verses dreaming about it. and how absolutely liberating!! good luck at the gym!!! sounds hysterical.

  10. I loved this post! Good luck! I'm working on working out more too!

    I'm definitely following :)
    Come say hi if you get a chance!

  11. yes please! wear this outfit to the gym. best thing ever.

    just wanted to pop by and say hello and thanks for following my blog! excited to peruse yours some more!

    hope you had a great weekend!


  12. Haha! That's way too awesome! The clothes, that is, not so much the bad personal trainer. And I totally agree that we would be the best of friends in real life {your comments were hilarious!}. I'm totally looking you up when I need a little late-night-dance-party-heavy-drinking-with-strong-coffee-in-the-morning vacation!

    Oh! and I'm totally writing down what you said about our dreams being within our reach, we just need the courage to fight for them, and I'm posting it where I'll see it every day. How inspirational!

  13. Those outfits are hilarious!

    Come and enter my Valentine's giveaway!

  14. mom had the Jane Fonda tape when we were kids. My sister and I would do the move where you're on your back and you throw your legs over your head and touch toes to the ground {yeah}. My mom would say, "You'll ruin your uterus doing that." :)

  15. haha! i heard that people at my local gym just got staph infection. nasty!

  16. What a fabulous blog! I love this post... and envy you for getting back in the gym (especially with the circumstances your mentioned) lol, I need to do the same. maybe if I go out and get an outfit like Ms. Fonda's I would be more motivated ;)

    p.s thanks for your comment on my blog =)

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