Friday, July 11, 2008

Exercise Catch 22

Over the past two weeks I have been working out at Bally Total Fitness. I got a two week trial online because . . . well . . . I gained a little weight and I didn't like it. Not a whole lot of weight, but enough to make me say " I think I want to lose some weight."

I know two weeks isn't really enough time to make a whole lot of difference, but I feel it is better than nothing. I haven't gone everyday because I was out of town for three days, but I have gone as much as I can.

I sort of know what I'm doing because I used to be what some people might call a "Gym Rat". When I was in high school I took a circuit training class as well as a weight training class at the local community college. After that I went to the gym religously until I moved to San Diego where I kind of fell out of it, with a few exceptions.

Anyway, back to the point of this post. The thing about exercise is that you feel great afterwards because your body releases endorphins to ease the pain you would actually feel if your body didn't release them. So that part is nice. Unfortunately, if you don't do it everyday or keep busy on the days you don't you pretty much feel like crap. At least in my case. I get headaches and feel guilty for not going . . . among other things.

HOWEVER, when you do go you are super super hungry all day long. Insatiable really. I, personally, end up eating way too much. Mostly due to lack of self-control, but still. So I ask . . . WHAT IS THE POINT? Sure exercise is good for your health, but I don't really care about that, I just don't want to be fat, and I'm pretty sure that's why everyone does it. In fact I have no doubt in my mind that's why people do it.

All I want is to not be so damn hungry afterwards! I remember the good old days when ephedrine was still legal. Why does everything that works so well have to be illegal?

Oh, I would also like to take this time to announce to my friends and family that I will be moving to San Francisco in August . . . right after I get back from my trip to Chicago / Indiana.


Anonymous said...

The answer is to love yourself the way you are. Haha, just kidding! I just buy bigger pants. If they fit you don't feel as fat.

Madelyn said...

Ha ha, love myself . . . that's a good one.

It's not that my pants don't fit, they're tighter, but they fit. Which is probably why I'd rather just lose the weight. However, unless some guy breaks my heart, I don't see it happening.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you are overdoing the exercise. Too much at first isn't helpful. Try to be more active each day.

Wow, San Francisco. Sounds interesting... If I didn't live here, I'd want to live there.

cadiz12 said...

when i was taking dance classes a few years ago, i was ravenously hungry pretty much anytime i hadn't just finished a meal. but i felt great, looked better in my clothes (less fat, more toned) and put ON weight. but i was happy.

wow, san francisco, eh? hope you like it there; unless of course your trip to chicago makes you want to move there instead.

Madelyn said...

Anonymous - perhaps you are right . . . also, you sound a bit like Dear Abby.

Cadiz - I don't want to move to Chicago because I already have a sibling who lives there and I'm trying to do my own thing. So no matter how much Chicago might amaze me, I don't think I'll be changing my mind.