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Tomato
12-22-2008, 03:54 PM
Yesterday, I looked at the calendar to figure out how many day I will be off work (we are closed between Christmas and New Year, although my department has to work [skeleton staff only - I will be working on Boxing Day]) and then I looked at the business hours of my gym over the same period - and an icy hand of fear gripped my heart.
My gym will be operating on seriously restricted schedule and it will be closed on quite a few days (and of course, by Murphy's law, on those days when it's open I will be out town). I cannot imagine not being able to work out!!!
Yeah, I have some videos at home but going to the gym on 6 days of a week has become something so deeply ingrained in me that I cannot imagine it otherwise.

Anybody else panicking like me?:yikes:


midwife
12-22-2008, 04:02 PM
Not yet. I'll need to stretch my life a little to make my gym time...it is less convenient just cause of my busy-ness this time of year.

Take a breath, Tomato. I know how dedicated you are. Now might be the time to pull together some exercise routine that you can do at home. Ie, jumping jacks X 1 minute, pushups X 1 minute, forward lunges X 1 minute (hold heavy stuff if you can), crunches X 1 minute, mix it up.....repeat. You can get a nice muscle workout with body weight exercises (I know, I love to sling the iron too)....skip down your hall, skip backwards up your hall, repeat. A little creativity and discipline will keep your body working even if your schedule has to change a little bit. I know you are both creative and disciplined!

Sorry, in my sleep deprived state I glossed over the fact you have videos. Do those too. :) Look at it as an opportunity to shake up your exercise routine. We know we need to shake it up sometimes. And think how happy you'll be when you get back to the gym (and I know you will!)

Jacquie668
12-22-2008, 04:04 PM
The only thing I'm panicking about is my oven betraying me as I attempt to bake cupcakes. The darn thing like burns everything! Stupid oven... :mad:

Oh yeah and like if the cupcakes are good..i might eat them. lol

I am sort of worried about not having the energy or time to workout as well. I mean yesterday I was exhausted from a few days of constant shopping. Walking, dodging people, get home clean up, fuss over the upcoming holiday meals...etc. It sort of drains you and I haven't done this in a long time...soooo lol. All sort of new for me including finding time to workout!


mandalinn82
12-22-2008, 04:14 PM
I am never home near my elliptical at Christmas, so I've established other active rituals. I strength train at my mom's (I always ask for SOMETHING exercise-y for Christmas, so I usually get new weights or a band or something, and I carry a resistance band in my trunk). I also do an annual Christmas morning run, which is good - if it rains, I suppose I'll hop on my mom's elliptical.

You don't need a gym to exercise! Maybe this'll be a good opportunity to branch out!

FB
12-22-2008, 04:17 PM
I'm not freaking out too badly. I have an in - my neighbor, who is also my personal trainer and owns a tiny gym up the block is leaving me her keys to workout a few nights this week. Oh yeah, I have to check on things too, mail, heat, ect.

My regular gym is open the 24th and 25th. If I can't make it to their modified hours I'll figure out something to do at home.

PhotoChick
12-22-2008, 04:28 PM
I'm a little freaked just because I have to spend Christmas with my BIL and his wife this year (and all the associated awkwardness that comes from being separated from my husband but still family ... and urg!).

They haven't seen me in person in almost 18 months now ... and have never seen me at this weight before. I'm freaked at how they're going to react and how they're going to act when I either go running on Christmas day or hit the gym (not sure what hours my gym is open on the 25th). Given the way they are and the way our relationship has been in the past, I have a sinking feeling that they'll take my leaving the house on Christmas day as a personal insult - like I'm trying to get away from them. (Ok, which I will be for the sake of my sanity, but ... not in an insulting way!)

I'm just generally freaked about a lot of things this year. :)

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RangerChic
12-22-2008, 04:55 PM
The only thing that I'm a little nervous about is if my grandmother has junk food out when we go over on Christmas day. I've been good about avoiding so much and been successful that I want to be sure I'm going to continue that. I think I just need to keep away from the stuff and if its continually hanging out near where things are going on, maybe asking that it be moved to another room where people can just go and get some on a plate and return with it.

As far as exercising goes, I've been doing a lot better now that I've got a trial membership to 24 Hour Fitness. Honestly, I love it. I find myself looking forward to going too. Of course, while I'm working out, I want to stop, but I push myself to keep going. The gym is closed on Christmas day and has early hours on the 24th, so I'm just going to take Christmas day totally off I think less for a good walk.

MotoMichelle
12-22-2008, 05:05 PM
Tomato - Maybe this will be a great time to find some new, fun exercises that can be done at home or anywhere. ;)

I'm panicking a bit more about all the food. hehe :p

Schumeany
12-22-2008, 05:44 PM
Go buy some resistance bands -- fitness stores carry them and they are cheap. They may just be dressed up rubber bands with handles and door attachments, but my muscle definition will attest to the fact that they work extremely well...and good old fashion crunches, push-ups, bicycle crunches, leg lifts, squats, lunges, etc. can give you a serious work-out. For strength training at least, if you have the bands and work out a "body weight" routine, you will never be caught without a back-up again.

The videos will do just fine for cardio -- remember, it is less than a week. Six days does not make or break a weight loss program, and there is always stuff you can do. ****, turn on some music and rock out in the living room. I do that with my three little boys all the time...I'm pretty sure the neighbors think I'm crazy...but we all get some pretty decent exercise...especially when I toss the two-year-old around. :)

JayEll
12-22-2008, 05:47 PM
Are there other gyms where you could purchase a week's pass or daily guest visits? My gym is open 24 hours, but if I had to, I wouldn't hesitate to go elsewhere even if I had to pay.

Jay

canadianwoman
12-22-2008, 08:23 PM
Yesterday, I looked at the calendar to figure out how many day I will be off work (we are closed between Christmas and New Year, although my department has to work [skeleton staff only - I will be working on Boxing Day]) and then I looked at the business hours of my gym over the same period - and an icy hand of fear gripped my heart.
My gym will be operating on seriously restricted schedule and it will be closed on quite a few days (and of course, by Murphy's law, on those days when it's open I will be out town). I cannot imagine not being able to work out!!!
Yeah, I have some videos at home but going to the gym on 6 days of a week has become something so deeply ingrained in me that I cannot imagine it otherwise.

Anybody else panicking like me?:yikes:


Would buying an exercise bike and some weights help?
You could then do exercise at home.

kittycat40
12-22-2008, 08:59 PM
I'm not in panic but I did have some concern. For me, it is the extreme weather. I do not want to run in 10below, counting wind chill factor.

So, that means I must GET ON THE treadmill, even if it is not my first choice. And now there is even more reason to spend time with resistance and weights at home... because I'm not leaving!! ;)

Marms
12-22-2008, 09:21 PM
I'm bummed because the three step aerobics classes that I take every week are canceled this week and next week. I'll still go and use the treadmill and I have some step dvd's at home I can do, but it's weird not going to the classes. I really got used to it and have made a lot of friends. I think I'm seriously having step withdrawal. :dizzy:

rockinrobin
12-22-2008, 10:17 PM
Go buy some resistance bands -- fitness stores carry them and they are cheap. They may just be dressed up rubber bands with handles and door attachments, but my muscle definition will attest to the fact that they work extremely well...and good old fashion crunches, push-ups, bicycle crunches, leg lifts, squats, lunges, etc. can give you a serious work-out. For strength training at least, if you have the bands and work out a "body weight" routine, you will never be caught without a back-up again.

The videos will do just fine for cardio -- remember, it is less than a week. Six days does not make or break a weight loss program, and there is always stuff you can do. ****, turn on some music and rock out in the living room. I do that with my three little boys all the time...I'm pretty sure the neighbors think I'm crazy...but we all get some pretty decent exercise...especially when I toss the two-year-old around. :)


Yes, those resistance bands are great. I too have the muscles to prove that they really, really "work". I used them exclusively for over a year. Now that I'm at a gym I stoped using them solely. But they fit great in my suitcase and travel with me wherever I go.

And the year I was losing, I blasted the i-tunes and got in a great workout just dancing away. I still do it from time to time.

Yeah, the holiday schedule is all crazy and out of whack. I like routine, but understand why sometimes that routine will be a bit skewed. Can you say - improvise? Seems that's what a lot of us will have to be doing.

BarbPA
12-22-2008, 10:26 PM
Thankfully I'm not in a panic. I belong to a 24 hour gym that will be there for me anytime...yep...I'll be there on Christmas day. I also have sessions planned with my trainer on Christmas eve and the day after.

You will be fine...you've been given lots of good suggestions. Keep your bod moving. :)

EZMONEY
12-22-2008, 11:19 PM
Stop the whine FRIEDGREEN and do my 5K every day....;).....:hug:

JulieJ08
12-22-2008, 11:25 PM
Yes, those resistance bands are great. I too have the muscles to prove that they really, really "work". I used them exclusively for over a year. Now that I'm at a gym I stoped using them solely. But they fit great in my suitcase and travel with me wherever I go.

I have GOT to get me some of those!

Schumeany
12-23-2008, 03:03 AM
Hey Julie I really love mine. I use them for all my upper body work -- just make sure you get the kind that come with a door attachment...makes it easier to do chest presses and back exercises, etc. My husband used to make fun of them, calling them my "rubberbands" and scoffing a bit that they would actually work...until I made him use my hardest one to do some bicep curls...he was hooked. He now has his very own set and uses them every other day just like I do.

knobhdy
12-23-2008, 02:27 PM
I wasn't panicking. I was serene and calm. And then I remembered that I was going to visit my mom, and that I wasn't going to have reliable or decently paced internet access... I feel a tightening in my chest. How will I survive without being able to journal my food choices online?!?

I can handle the thought that I might not make the best food choices when I am at home for the holidays, but I am seriously stressing about the idea what I will not be able to keep track of those choices.

Weird, huh?

rockinrobin
12-23-2008, 02:39 PM
I can handle the thought that I might not make the best food choices when I am at home for the holidays, but I am seriously stressing about the idea what I will not be able to keep track of those choices.

Weird, huh?


But how about a note pad? You can write in there everything that you've eaten or will be eating. If it's calorie counts you're after, you can purchase a book. There's plenty of decent ones on the market.

I don't think it's weird at all. I think it's responsible thinking on your part. Which is a good thing.

knobhdy
12-23-2008, 04:19 PM
:thanks: RockinRobin.

A notebook (or the notes application on my iPod Touch) will be the way I go. I will just have to wait until i get back to the land of high speed internet to see just how bad (or good :crossed:) I was.

Happy Holidays, everyone.

PhotoChick
12-23-2008, 04:22 PM
Oh ... you have an iTouch? There's a calorie counting app for the iPod/iPhone ... shoot I can't remember which one it is right now. A friend of mine uses it and loves it. I'll have to ask her. (I have a G1 phone, so I use different apps.)

*mumble* *mutter* *off to go see if I can find the link*

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junebug41
12-23-2008, 05:35 PM
Oh ... you have an iTouch? There's a calorie counting app for the iPod/iPhone ... shoot I can't remember which one it is right now. A friend of mine uses it and loves it. I'll have to ask her. (I have a G1 phone, so I use different apps.)

*mumble* *mutter* *off to go see if I can find the link*

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The Daily plate/Livestrong has one. Not as comprehensive as the regular one, but still pretty good.

deathnotronic
12-23-2008, 06:50 PM
Start shoveling snow. Seriously. It's a full body workout! I haven't gone to the gym in a few days because all I do is shovel my driveway. You'll feel it in your shoulders the next morning. :)