Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

You Better Work It, Girl

I’ve realized that my off-the-cuff cleverness that keeps my friends and family cracking up doesn’t seem to function when it’s time to come up with blog post titles. I’ll work on that for the future.

In the meantime, I’m gonna work on my body. When I look in the mirror, I like what I see. But I do wish there were a few changes. The perfect example of this is the extra weight that has built up that you can only see when I’m wearing a certain type of top. You know, it looks like a roll of fat, about mid-back, just below your bra strap?

I refuse to get used to that roll of fat. I like the way I feel when I’m healthier. I have more energy when I’m carrying less weight. I also have several skin tight dresses in the closet I haven’t worn since the back roll made it’s appearance. I want to wear those dresses again.

I used to go to yoga. But now that I have a job and a husband, I honestly don’t know where all the time goes. Taking extra hours out of my week and gas out of my tank to go to yoga studio isn’t a viable option.

I hate running. Going jogging was never an option.

Going biking is a better option, but I often don’t have time to make it happen if I work three days in a row at work. Twelve hours shifts with a 90 minute drive both ways reduces my ability to get in a good bike ride that’s more than just a leisurely trip to the lake and back.

That leaves the option of working out at home. I’m not motivated enough (and I accept that) to just do whatever comes to mind, so I decided I’d try a workout tape.

There was just one problem: I find most of the people who do workout tapes so painfully annoying. To me, they all come off like the Sham-wow guy.


While we were in Wisconsin at the Dells, an informercial came on. It was 4 am or so and so I was feeling extra impressionable.

This bubbly happy woman with an endorsement from Gwyneth Paltrow was trying to get me to buy a DVD made especially for my body type.

I began thinking things like,

“Hey, I would like to tone my tummy.” And,

“She doesn’t remind me of Jillian Michaels at all. I don’t even want to slap her face.” And,

“I should buy this. I think I’m omnicentric.”

So I decided if I could remember the name of the product the next night at work, I would sign up and try it. If it doesn’t work, I’m out the same amount of money I’d pay for one month of yoga classes I never have time to attend.

So I did. I’m going to try Tracy Anderson’s workout plan. Once the first DVDs arrive next week, I’ll take a before picture of myself so we can see how the transformation works.

I don’t know if I’ll even like it or stick with it. But I’m willing to try. I want a flat stomach, and there’s no way in hell I’m dieting to get it. Exercise is my only option

What do you do when you want to get in shape?

3 responses

  1. I can’t recall you even showing a pic of your body to beging with,so we don’t even know what you working with,nor what you need to work off or work out.Just saying shy girl.

    July 25, 2012 at 08:31

  2. silverneurotic

    I’m a walker. There’s a cemetery not too far from my apartment that I walk to, then walk through. It’s very hilly so it’s a great workout just walking it.

    If we move to an apartment that’s bigger (or is at least a two bedroom, I’m going to get a treadmill so that when winter comes or I’m working hours that just aren’t compatible with going on walks.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:10

    • Walking is usually the suggested exercise for everyone. Everyone should do it, and you’ll be happy to still do it in your 80s. At least that’s the idea behind it. Good for you!

      August 1, 2012 at 02:00