Random musings and activities of a 30 something mom, potential sprint triathlete, vegetarian, dog and cat owner, and a evolving urban homesteader just trying to do the right thing in life for my daughter and the world around us. If the blog seems random, it's because life is and hits us all at 100mph.
Monday, December 15, 2008

PostHeaderIcon Why I don't (can't?) meet men at the gym....

I typically go to either the gym at lunch or yoga class. I realized today after running at the gym why I don't meet men at the gym.

1. What I wear.

I realize I have lots of cute work out clothes, running tanks, etc... and a lot of that I wear for races, but at the gym? running shorts and usually an old race tshirt. The other girls? totally color coordinated and ready to impress. I just want to run and do my weights.

2. My Makeup. Or lack of.

I usually wear 3 things during the week for make up: moisturizer, mascara, and chapstick. In the locker room, you'd think it was Saturday night at Blonde the way the girls are touching up their makeup. I sweat. I don't just glisten, I sweat when I work out because I'm running my arse off (literally). If I didn't take off my mascara before I ran, I'd look like a raccoon or Hlburi the morning after a bender in Vegas.

3. My Hair.

I put on a pony tail. If I didn't my curls would look like Medusa and the fro would ensue. It wouldn't be pretty when I went back to the office. If I didn't tame my hair in a pony tail, it would not be a pretty sight. What I have learned though is this puts me at a disadvantage to the other women. When I'm done with a "cute little set" on some circuit machine, I can't giggle and flip my hair. I like it out of my face and off my neck.... see the sweating comment above. Of course I know how to throw out that giggle and flip my hair, but again... I save that for the weekend when I have bothered to put on eyeshadow. I refuse to primp and tease and spray my hair prior to a workout. It's just not me.

4. My conversation skills.

Obviously I lack the ability (or willingness) to gush in the weight room things like, "OH myyyyyy. You add weight to that bar? You're sooooo strong. Do you work out evvvvvery day? (insert hair flip and giggle here)". I'm more likely to ask you about your tshirt and how you did in that race or whatever. Oh? I hate running with my ipod, I think it detracts from the experience, but I'll put it on even if I don't turn it on. Why? An IPOD works as chatty-kathy repellent.

5. My overall look.

I work out hard. With DD, I only get one free evening a week, so I have to make my workout at lunch efficient. I get red in the face... i don't know if it's German coloring or what... but I'm one of those people who do. If I managed to pull off items 1-3, it would be ruined by the 2mi mark on my daily run. Also, I am not about to put a push up bra UNDER my sports bra, so I have a little "extra". We all know sports bras push the girls down and granted I probably look more like a 12 yo boy than the girls the adidas ads, but I have to be comfy to run. laugh.gif This probably is out there on the TMI scale, but at least I can admit my problem.


So, after much thought on the treadmill today while running 3 miles, I decided..... the gym is probably NOT where I'm meeting someone. laugh.gif I mean, the gym is business, not social. For me, it's a bit like a gynecologist's office, but with fewer stirrups. Or maybe it's like the dentist's office, if I'm on the stair machine - I hate that thing with a passion. I love going to the gym and the post-workout high I get, but I'm doing it on MY terms!
Wednesday, December 03, 2008

PostHeaderIcon As many people died in Iraq this week as in India. Where are the headlines?

(from iCasualties)

Iraqi Security Forces and Civilian Deaths Detail

Dec-08 63
Nov-08 317
Oct-08 288
Sep-08 366
Aug-08 311
Jul-08 419
Jun-08 450
May-08 506
Apr-08 744
Mar-08 980
Feb-08 674
Jan-08 554
Dec-07 548
Nov-07 560
Oct-07 679
Sep-07 848
Aug-07 1,674
Jul-07 1,690
Jun-07 1,345
May-07 1,980
Apr-07 1,821
Mar-07 2,977
Feb-07 3,014
Jan-07 1,802
Dec-06 1,752
Nov-06 1,864
Oct-06 1,539
Sep-06 3,539
Aug-06 2,966
Jul-06 1,280
Jun-06 870
May-06 1,119
Apr-06 1,009
Mar-06 1,092
Feb-06 846
Jan-06 779

Note: Iraqi deaths based on news reports . This is not a definitive count.

India has had these kind of incidents for years. What about the 2,500 who were taken off a train and murdered in 2002? Where were the headlines then?

Where is the international outrage?
The candle vigils?
Where is the mass outpouring of financial donations to help the survivors the families of the victims?

Or do we only do that with Wall Street Americans? Not poor Iraqi civilians and Rich that live a half a world away.
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Quotes as I come across them......

“Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, an hour, a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it last forever.” ~~~Lance Armstrong

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." ~~~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain----and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is 'Don't overdo it' and 'Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond." ~~~Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Famer. (Will-Weber's "Voices From the Midpack" chapter.)

The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don’t define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.~~~Denis Watley

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly. ~~~Thomas H. Huxley (1825 - 1895)

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