Patience is a Virtue (Sometimes in Short Supply when I'm Sick)
Monday, October 01, 2012
I am going back to the gym today even if I only do something like 10 minutes on the treadmill. NOT going has been the worst thing about this illness.
Exercise is what makes me want to drink more water. (I always struggle with the water thing. I haven't even bothered tracking it while I've been sick. I only drink maybe a half-glass with my vitamins in the morning.) Also, eating right is only good so far for me. I get more consistent results when I add exercise to the mix.
On a different note, last time I was in our local emporium (it's like a discount "dry goods" store) buying thread to alter my desperately needed new clothes -- since hardly any of the old ones fit any more -- I wandered into the linens section and discovered a load of "his 'n' hers" towel sets.
They were beautiful white hand towels, about 75% off the original price that whatever fancy store they came from would have charged, the perfect size for carrying around the gym to wipe the sweat off your face. The only drawback (and it's a minor one) is the rather large word "His" or "Hers" embroidered in silver at one end of each towel. I bought them on a whim, gave the "His" to DH and kept the "Hers" for me. DH has already used his at the gym, and said it was perfect.
So there you go. A nice, snow-white, high-quality towel to carry around the gym, but cheap enough that it's okay if you lose it.
So far that's been one of my more successful purchases for going to the gym. I've yet to find a reusable water bottle that works better than taking a straight sport-size bottle of water from the grocery store. A sport size bottle is 750 mL, and I will finish it in one visit. The reusable water bottles I have tried are so hard to drink out of that I barely take more than a few sips during my workout. So, I have wasted some money on water bottles that don't work for me. Luckily, one set we bought at Costco works well for DH -- but the set of three included a pink bottle that he will not use. It was supposed to be mine. That bottle also holds 750 mL but I am lucky if I drink a third of that when I take it to the gym with me.
So now I just grab a Nestle PureLife in a sport bottle, cold from the fridge, every time I go to the gym.
By the way, 750 mL is a little over 25 fl. oz., for those of you who use that system of measurement. For myself, I tend to go back and forth. Coffee or tea from Starbucks or the Keurig machine are measured in fluid ounces; everything else is millilitres. I tend to prefer millilitres because I know that for anything of a similar density to water, a millilitre in volume is equal to a gram in weight. (Of course, that doesn't help you with a can of tomatoes, but I digress.)
So, I have not given myself the 25 pounds trophy yet, since my weight did bounce back up a bit from its recent low of 176.8. Staying away from the gym has not helped with that. That's why I really want to get back to it. And hopefully by the end of the week I will have that trophy for real. (And if not, it will just take a bit longer than I anticipated, but it will come. I just have to be patient.)