Resolutioner "Death Pool"

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    Dec 29, 2013 2:49 AM GMT
    How long do they last at your gym after the New Year?

    My gym opens at 0600 on New Years Day. I plan to be there to watch the throng.
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  • PR_GMR

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    Dec 29, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Ugh. It's gonna be annoying for the first couple of weeks of the new year.
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    Dec 29, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    We take bets at the university gym on how long the burlesque girls will last. I usually give them all the benefit of the doubt hoping they'll all stay there, but they're gone within two weeks.
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    Dec 29, 2013 2:59 AM GMT
    Just long enough to secure a Valentines date.
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    Dec 29, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    You might wanna work on that motivational speech.

    Seems it's simultaneously the season for cynicism, ridicule, dissuading and holding back others.

    Meh, I've been up and down in weight ever since people started dying on me. Pardon my intermittent depression. I'd hate to think I'm interfering with your workout routine.
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    Dec 29, 2013 3:38 AM GMT
    I look forward to Valentine's Day. Not because of the holiday itself, but because it's the time each year without fail when the gym has noticeably returned close to normal.
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    Dec 29, 2013 3:39 AM GMT
    Last year wasn't bad at all. I think the New Year Resolution peeps are invading the crossfit gyms now. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:37 AM GMT
    I usually smile at them when they are getting the tour of the gym. I want them to feel welcome. I want them to join. I want them to see and think "Gosh! If that old fucker can look relatively put together at his advanced age...maybe I can too!"

    If they join, there is a higher probability that my gym will stay in business, global healthcare costs may go down, and higher aspirations for humanity can be attained.

    Realistically, I give most of them about 30-45 days max. One or two stick, but it's only in hindsight that I know which ones.

    I joined my first gym in May 1997. I didn't wait until New Years to make my resolution.

    I feel guilty when I miss a day (let alone a week).
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    Dec 29, 2013 5:38 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLast year wasn't bad at all. I think the New Year Resolution peeps are invading the crossfit gyms now. icon_lol.gif


    Crossfit is pretty hardcore. There's this one trainer at my gym who does Crossfit.

    I would like to do...
















    ...him. icon_redface.gif
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    Dec 29, 2013 7:02 AM GMT
    When my first best bud died in my 30s, I quit smoking. He was such a risk taker in everything yet would never buy me a pack when he was out to the store, the one thing he refused me.

    To help myself quit, I decided that I'd eat anything. I'd satisfy oral cravings without cigarettes. I gained weight that I knew I'd get rid of later. Also I stopped some of the triggers of smoking. I stopped drinking coffee in the morning. And while I wasn't drinking coffee, I stopped all caffeinated products. I haven't had a sip of soda since. I stopped having drinks with friends; I stopped even going out to the clubs.

    I took that a step further. limiting my exposure for a while even to people who knew me as a smoker. Because I knew that in part I saw myself through their eyes. I didn't want to hear their comments, even if they were positive, particularly not if they were patronizing, related to my smoking. I wanted to shift that reality so I could step off the old and into the new. I might even have unconsciously noticed them checking out my hand, looking for the cigarette that they'd always seen there.

    I knew--whether imagined or real enough--by their eyes & expressions that they saw me as a smoker and I knew that I saw through their eyes but I didn't want to see myself as they saw me which I felt would work towards keeping me as I was, instead of moving me towards how I wanted to be. I haven't had a cigarette in more than 20 years. Don't miss it one bit.
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    Dec 29, 2013 7:04 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidLast year wasn't bad at all. I think the New Year Resolution peeps are invading the crossfit gyms now. icon_lol.gif


    Crossfit is pretty hardcore. There's this one trainer at my gym who does Crossfit.

    I would like to do...
    ...him. icon_redface.gif
    There are no more cute trainers at my gym. Guess they all moved on to better jobs. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 29, 2013 8:53 AM GMT
    juvenescences saidI look forward to Valentine's Day. Not because of the holiday itself, but because it's the time each year without fail when the gym has noticeably returned close to normal.


    It's about this length of time at my gym. It is a pain because until then there are too many people for the size of gym. I remember one time there was not even enough room to stand in the weights room let alone actually exercise using your preferred equipment.
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    Dec 29, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    xrichx"There are no more cute trainers at my gym. Guess they all moved on to better jobs."

    The trainers at my gym are super hot. They're also super pricks. I find most (not all) trainers are this way and the other people in my gym agree with me. Is this common all over or just in my area? Most trainers act really friendly until they see you're not going to sign up with them and then they become really snotty.
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    Dec 29, 2013 2:24 PM GMT
    I'm co-manager of a club. Usage patterns for us usually show a huge pick up in the second week of January through early March. We get another attendance decline when we go to daylight savings in early April.

    I work mornings and have learned that if I return for an evening workout, to be there before 4:30 to avoid the big after work rush hours.
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    Dec 29, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    theantijock saidWhen my first best bud died in my 30s, I quit smoking. .... I haven't had a cigarette in more than 20 years. Don't miss it one bit.


    Kudos on kicking the tobacco habit, TAJ! Addiction likes to hold on tight, and "people, places, and things" can be triggers which stir that urge even years after a habit has been kicked. Although this example is a bit extreme, a friend of mine who had a fancy for heroin who managed to kick that habit said to me that even though it had been decades since he's had a fix, "It calls my name to this very day." I made a mental note not to ever try heroin. Some habits are best never to pick up, and so never doing it once is a great way to keep the habit out of life.

    Other habits, on the other hand, seem harder to pick up. Eating healthy and Exercise are two of these examples. Through my own life, as I've endeavored to pick up good habits I've heard that, "60 days makes a habit" and "Do 90 visits in 90 days". In my experience this does help.

    Ultimately, it is our inner desire to be our very best which must overcome any inertia to stay as we are, and in a continual series of moments of "free will" choose to reach up and do whatever it takes to be our very best.

    On that note, it's time for me to go to the gym.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Dec 29, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    Three weeks to a month and a half of hell
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    Dec 29, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    GAMRican said...Other habits, on the other hand, seem harder to pick up. Eating healthy and Exercise are two of these examples. ....


    That's a valid and applicable observation of habits and reminds me of the Patrick Overton quote:

    Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

    Also Thich Nhat Hanh has spoken of bringing mindfulness to habit.

    I've not an addictive personality though certainly I'm guilty of habits, even some good ones. Though the chemicals of cigarettes, as did those of soda, addicted me physiologically, psychologically they were merely habit with me so I just required shifting attention.

    Regardless, I wasn't speaking of my habits--perhaps not habitually but often not actually talking about what I may seem on the surface to be talking about--nor of addiction, as true is everything you've just said about them. Rather, I was proposing an observation--which struck me as somewhat out of character for, at least, what my--perhaps misperception--of a motivational speaker, which I believe is how you've identified yourself on occasion, to be: that here might not always be where the deer and the antelope play.

    The observation isn't absolute, of course, just a point of discussion. I enjoy your engagement. I do get and appreciate how you like to play it real. The question then being, what is reality. Your justifying point is excellent of overcoming inertia. I was just wondering if we are always aware of when we present challenges that strengthen or stumbling blocks that tumble.
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    Dec 29, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    I think it has already started here. Yesterday, (Saturday after XXXmas) the freezing fog finally lifted and the road was choked with joggers and bicycles. (I had to drive icon_sad.gif ) The parking lot at Multnomah Falls - most popular tourist spot in the state, with hiking trails - was full and cars were backed-up down the highway.

    *sigh* The freezing fog is back now - if there's anybody out on the road, I can't see them.