Richard Simmons on A Good Day

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Real Estate Agent with Cherimie Crane & Associates, Ballenger Realty
The confetti settles, the resolutions resolve, and anxiously we begin the year we shall rush to bid farewell. Change is exciting, it brings about a certain energy to begin, to end, and to improve things within our lives that gave us such fits in 2011. January 1, everyone is a winner, a saint, a fitness pro, and basically a better person all around.
 
Each has his or her own battle. Although mine falls in line with the usual suspects; it is slightly different. A few months ago, my favorite little escape closed its doors. It was my heaven, my sanity, my alternative to a life of crime. No matter how difficult the day, regardless of the barrage of real estate rocks hurled fiercely in my direction, I found solace in Celadon.
 
Crawling, stumbling, or skipping through the doors was my bandage for a day full of scratches and scrapes. I would run on the treadmill losing frustration with each mile. Then retreat to the mat where I would become the greatest Yogi of all time. As if that weren't enough to banish the bad, the steam shower cured whatever remained.
 
There was one major factor that added to this simple bliss; 90% of the time, I was right by myself. In retrospect, I can see how that may have been a sign of slow business; however, I was too busy enjoying my private heaven to worry.
 
I can't simply join another gym. It isn't that easy. I am not Jane Fonda, matter of fact, my appearance in the gym more resembles Shrek, Minnie Pearl, or maybe Richard Simmons on a good day. Some women leave a gym looking better than I do leaving a salon; unfair, but a reality in which I have grown accustomed.
 
Many years I have spent in gyms, lifting weights at 5am (forced obviously) there was even a most humiliating step aerobic phase, thankfully Youtube wasn't quite so popular, and there was enough running to sign me up as a fill in for Forrest Gump. Therefore I feel as though I did my time, paid my dues, and somehow avoided losing a major limb. Going to the gym, isn't my idea of a fabulous time.
 
I realize there are health benefits and such, but that was never my motivation. I am at least 20% less mean when I have that coveted time to myself. The physical rewards were secondary, to my improved personality. After being screamed at, cursed at, blamed, and at times accused of being all that is wrong in the financial realm, being all alone to look ridiculous on a treadmill was just what the Psychiatrist ordered. 
 
 
Not once did I worry about my form, my outfit, or my granny bun on top of my head. There was no awkward small talk with sweat pouring away the remainder of any make up I forgot to apply. I never once had to fake listening to my Ipod to avoid discussing current events while struggling through a sit up. If I wanted to scream in victory after lifting an impressive 10lbs, well scream I did. As a bonus, my cell phone did not work at all within the walls of this fitness fortress. Obviously the loss has been great, the grieving continues.
 
As tragic as it is, I must press forward. I am in search of a new gym, not a rebound, but a place I can actually begin a new relationship. The requirements are few and relatively basic in nature. I prefer to have the entire facility to myself. The absence of any type of camera or scale is preferred, and absolutely no group fitness at any time, under any circumstances.
 
Regardless of how it may seem, I am not always anti-social. I just prefer not to have conversations during crunches, debates during dead lifts, and honestly I just don't want to worry if my socks don't match. My days are full of social interaction and awkward encounters, I have that covered. Home fitness videos, although an obvious option for one as odd as myself, make almost as much sense as watching Jeopardy instead of going to college. Therefore the odds are favorable that you may see me in a gym near you. I won't have my contacts in, so I promise I am not making a mean face at you. I can't see you. If I am hiding behind the Stairmaster please, don't take it personally. I just want to burn a few calories, blow off some steam, and make it home without anyone pointing out my painfully obvious flaws. 

 

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Francine Viola
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I never was a gym rat and actually hated going to the gym, but it took me a while to experience the peace and the release you describe.  The gym I go to is fantastic and if it closed, I would be devastated.  Good luck in your search!

Jan 01, 2012 02:00 PM #14
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Cherimie, a great post. It's a new year an once again I'll commit to an excercise program the big change this year will be if I stick with it  all year long. I'll wish both of us "good luck".

Jan 01, 2012 04:16 PM #15
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My heart would absolutely break if my gym closed. I am a group class-a-holic! Good luck finding a new gym.

Jan 01, 2012 04:36 PM #16
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Good luck on your hunt for a new gym.  My most used piece og workout gear just broke and I'm already going through withdrawl :(

Jan 01, 2012 05:15 PM #17
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Shellie Alicia Carter
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The gym is not my favorite place - but I love the results of the hard work and dedication.  It doesn't matter where we are or what we do.  Commitment tends to yield results.  I hope that you get everything you're looking forward to.

Jan 01, 2012 05:18 PM #18
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"...almost as much sense as watching Jeopardy instead of going to college.". You're a riot, Cherimie. Here's to finding a place all to yourself ASAP.
Jan 01, 2012 07:18 PM #19
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Happy New Year! 2012 is a HUGE year. President election, Olympics in London and the myth of 2012, the end of the world. 

Enjoy! 

Jan 01, 2012 07:23 PM #20
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Ohhhh, I feel your pain.  I "lost" my wonderful old gym when I moved to Spokane over five years ago. I haven't found one in this area that suited me . . .but as I write that I see it might just be an excuse! :) Anyway, great post and I find it hard to believe you look bad even at your worst! Happy New Year!

Jan 01, 2012 08:29 PM #21
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Cherimie, Time alone is of ultimate importance to my sanity.  The gym is not where I get it.. but I have a 1/4 mile circle here on the farm that I use..  getting 2 to 3 miles of walking and using hand held small weights as I walk sure does help me to be a nicer person.  Hope you find your new gym soon. 

Jan 01, 2012 08:35 PM #22
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I find my sanity at my gym.  I have that appointment on my schedule 5 days a week.  It is a fairly large facility.  I put in my headphones and get in my cardio.  I work out at a facility Albert Pujols use to go to, before he left us, and he had his headphones in, did his thing and people left  him alone!  Get out there and find that gym otherwise you will lose your sanity!

Jan 01, 2012 09:16 PM #23
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Love your article. So well written and fun to read. I can imagine that change for you must be like changing hair stylist. I have had mine for over 20 years and can't imagine having to change...good luck and here's to a great year.

Jan 02, 2012 09:03 AM #24
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I considered joining a gym but I am not really a group exerciser either. Not sure -- I have to do something. 

Jan 02, 2012 09:25 AM #25
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Hi Cherimie - Haha - don't be so hard on yourself ;) Great post.

I know there are Planet Fitness locations in SC - not sure if they are close to you, but thats my gym. They advertise as a "Judgement Free Zone" - and they are like $10 a month!

Jan 02, 2012 10:03 AM #26
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Your post was written with humor and inspiration for all!  I am on my way to the gym! BTW, it is everything you are looking for in your new gym.

Jan 02, 2012 11:20 AM #27
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Cherimie - And that's why I like to walk alone and practice yoga at home.  We need to switch the "people person" button to off every now and then and reclaim our sanity before we turn it back to the on position.

Jan 02, 2012 11:23 AM #28
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I totally understand that. I don't know how many times I've said I have to lose weight before I start going to a gym. lol Pitiful as it sounds, I'm not the only one. I have a shoulder injury that prevents me from doing almost anything right now, even bowling on the Wii last night with the kids was excruciating, but I'm having surgery next month. I already have my crude home gym in the dungeon basement set up for when I can start working out again. Good luck in finding your new "home."

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Cherimie - I love working out in group classes at the gym though if I am thinking and in my own head I have managed to even unintentionally ignore neighbors as I concentrate on my workout. I guess it depends on what mood I'm in.

Good luck on finding a new job and Happy New Year!

Jan 02, 2012 10:31 PM #30
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Happy New Year Cherimie!  It is so important to have an outlet- outside of work- to maintain sanity!!!  I hope you find your new one soon!

Jan 03, 2012 03:33 PM #31
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I pretty much just needed to comment on the blog because I love Richard Simmons comparisons. Too few and far between! Feel the burn!! :)

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My gym is my happy place too.  I'm sorry you are losing yours.  Happy New year.  

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