Perhaps the bike is not my nemesis after all…

January 12, 2011

Last night I left work and headed home on a mission. Instead of sitting for a moment to reflect on my day before heading to the kitchen to make dinner, I bee-lined straight for the bike. My long-standing worry about exercising at night affecting my sleep seems to have been well founded. On nights that I ride the bike I am usually up well past midnight.

I don’t need help in the Not Sleeping Department.

Even though this concern has been a long-standing justification to be lazy, the more pressing issue of me ballooning in size and feeling my age in a more profound way has trumped this excuse. I rarely sleep well anyway – I might as well get some exercise and not sleep well.

I turned on the TV as I started pedaling. I went to the On Demand area so I wouldn’t be bothered by commercials. Through a series of unplanned button pushes I discovered the Exercise Channel and a plethora of  workouts!

(Dear Comcast, I hate you slightly less now. Love, Emily)

After 40 minutes on the bike (40 minutes where I was surprisingly not taking the Lord’s name in vain) I decided to pop on over to check out the offerings. There are dozens of 10-minute workouts and whole series from famous trainers! Intrigued, I turned on a 10 minute “Bootylicious” workout and was murdered! I feared I wouldn’t be able to walk today, but I kept going. Next I did a guided meditation on mindless eating. Just before I was about to embark on an abs class I stopped myself… I had the distinct feeling I would have done 10-minute workouts all night. (They suit my short attention span just perfectly.)

What. The. Hell?? I worked out hard and I liked it.

Let me remind you that I am a girl who likes to do stuff – active stuff – but if you call it “exercise” I will run away as if the Hounds of Hell are hot on my heels.

Thankfully, I did employ some common sense and stop before I crippled myself for a week. That’s my usual M.O.: I overdo it and am too miserable the next day to continue, so I take a day off to rest my aching muscles. That day turns in to 364 and the next thing you know it, it’s time for my annual workout day! Another nugget of common sense struck me and I took the dog for a half hour walk at 9:30p, hoping to work some lactic acid out of my legs. We both enjoyed that.

So here I am, at work, and I am only a scosh sore – totally tolerable and just enough to make me feel proud of myself.

And I’m looking forward to working out tonight. (GASP!)


Is that all it took? A week and a half of regular exercise to get me past that “OMG I FUCKING HATE THIS!!!” stage?

Color me embarrassed. I should have done this years ago.



  1. I feel the same way about running. (Ok, it took more than a week for me to stop hating it.)

    • I aspire to be “a runner”. First I need to learn to accept the monotony (or what I perceive to be monotony) of running. Perhaps I’ll find some easy trails to start on. The thought of running a track makes me quesy – and running the streets is not the best option around here.

  2. Hahaha! I can so identify… exercise is just an awful word! Congrats lady!… and way to make me feel more awful about a chocolate bar I just killed 😉

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