Monday, December 15, 2008

I went to the gym tonight

Go Me, right? After all, I work all day long and here I was, still dragging my tired ass to work out. I came right home, changed, and went right back out to work out. I felt all warm and proud of myself.

Then, as I was leaving, all aglow with sweat and self-satisfaction, I saw a young mom on her way in, herding not one, not two, not three, but FOUR kids under 10 years old. And since she was just arriving at the gym at 6:30, I'm thinking she's a working mom (because please, if I didn't have a job I'd totally be working out during the day when it's less crowded, and I don't even have kids who would be conveniently parked at school).

So, next time I tell myself I haven't got time or energy to go to the gym after work, I will remember this young mom and her pack of kids - how she got them rounded up and dropped them off in the playroom so she could exercise. I swear, I couldn't have done it even 20 years ago when I was a young working mom, and I salute her.

I will now shut up about going to the gym, and just do it. Because I have no good reasons to skip - only excuses.

8 comments:

Linda said...

You go girl!

caroline said...

YAY, CATHERINE!!!

Bess said...

Oh la - it's so true. I have no excuses!

k said...

She's got four kids under the age of ten. She has way more energy in one day than I have in a good solid couple of months.
I suspect she's dropping them in the playroom, and heading for the sauna, or the pool, or someplace quiet where none of the four kids can get to her.
But then again, lately I'm a janitor and I get paid to work out.

Catherine said...

There is a playroom, but sauna? Pool? what kind of fancy-pants gym are you used to? I wish we had a pool, but it's just weights and cardio equipment. And I sit at a desk all damn day, so I need to get off my ass at the end of the work day!

k said...

I was trying to give you an out. Or maybe it was me, since I called in sick today and spent the day in bed.
Hats off to both of you. I am not that motivated, which is why I take these kinds of jobs.
(I think today was one of those "keep your mouth shut" days. I should recognize them. I have enough of them.)

Catherine said...

Oh, I wasn't offended, just wishing this gym had a pool and sauna (sigh...) ;-)

k said...

Or that one of us had a pool and a sauna, and was inviting the other over....