a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Thursday, October 18, 2012

confession time

You know how I'll sometimes casually drop the line about getting up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym, as if I'm trying to earn Brownie points for my diligence getting up that early to hit the treadmill or the elliptical?

Well confession time.

Its been a real BIG struggle these past few months to get up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym. Most nights if I wake up in the middle of the night I'll turn the alarm off and sleep in another hour. And if I happen to sleep until the alarm rings, I'll turn it off and turn over and say to hubby "I'm not going to the gym". I'm the catalyst in the family for going. He will go if I go; if not he doesn't go.

Honestly, I'm not sure how the struggle started.  We were pretty faithfully going five days a week for months.

It could have started around March when Alex was no longer at the gym. He was the guy at the front counter Tuesdays through Friday mornings. He was real personable, knew everyone, had a laugh so loud you could hear him upstairs when he was downstairs.  He called me "Miss Betty" and always had a smile on his face.  He changed TV stations for you if you didn't like what was on, etc. One day he wasn't there. Of course it took a couple weeks to realize he wasn't there and when asked, of course no one knew what happened to him.

Don't get me wrong, those that came after him were proficient in what they did, but it just wasn't the same without Alex. I think shortly after that it started to become a struggle to get up five days a week so we gradually started reducing it to the past few months we were going just two days a week and last week only made it once a week.  A lot of it had to do too with a shift in membership patterns and more people were there early in the morning and it was hard to get a good machine, there were lots of machines not working.

I know the importance of exercise on our bodies and I actually do feel better when I exercise.

So we played around with options. Get our own treadmill or elliptical.  Good ones are a bit expensive and while it would pay for itself over a year or two over what we pay for gym membership, it just didn't seem like a doable option right now.

So the other morning I was thinking "why don't we just walk the neighborhood?" Map out a route that would take about 30-35 minutes. Hubby was up for it and we did the "math" so to speak and figured we could sleep in an extra 25 minutes which was the time it took to drive back and forth to the gym.

So this past Monday we started our new walking program. We both carry walking sticks since it is dark when we start our walk. We walk on streets where we don't have to cross major ones and do a nice loop that is just under two miles. As we get back into shape, we'll increase the distance.

Hubby carries a flashlight, his cell phone, wallet etc.  We organized it pretty darn good.

Except for........


Mr. Sniff-Sniff-Sniff, Waddle-waddle-waddle walking Koda. He likes to meander as he walks, stopping to smell the roses (or other dogs or fire hydrants) and we want to walk. We want to get our heart beat up and break a sweat.

Before when we went to the gym, we would take him with us and leave him in the van. It was always early morning, the sun wasn't out and the van was comfortable. He would curl up and go to sleep until we came back.

We knew we couldn't take him on the walks and get a good workout.

So we decided to crate him before we went.

He is a dog of routine. He knows our schedules better than we know them ourselves.

So Monday morning he is out and ready to have his leash be put on like it had happened so many other mornings. When I told him to go into his bed, he kind of looked shocked but went in there. Yesterday again he looked a bit shocked and a bit slower he went into it.

This morning when I gave him the command he just sat in the middle of the floor and looked at me (but this picture above doesn't represent the look, he had more of a defiant look on his face). Finally hubby told him to do so and he went reluctantly into his crate. He does get a cookie for going into it but I think it suddenly dawned on him this is his new norm.

And I don't think he's happy about it.

I think we heard him barking at least for a block or two after we started walking..........

(we are still trying to figure out what we'll do when it is rainy weather, but those can be few and far between in Sunny Southern California :)

46 comments:

Michelle said...

No one likes schedules changes....do they? :(

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Good for you being so faithful in your walking. As you don't get many rainy days, once in a while should be ok if you have to miss. Here in the spring and the fall we get a lot of them and winter will soon be here too. I think Koda should feel like the lucky one as he gets some extra sleep time. Hope your Thursday is a great one!

Shelly said...

Good for you for figuring out what works for you both and for doing it. Poor Koda- hopefully he adjusts soon!

BelovedBomber said...

I actually have trouble with new norms too :)

Tami said...

5am is way to early for me. I have to drag myself out of bed at 6am. My work day begins at 7am and doesn't end until 5pm. I have an in-home chill care and I admit the hours aren't that awesome. My teenage son pushes me to go to the gym in the evenings. Three times a week is all I can handle right now. I do prefer walking and tend to do it during the day with the little ones. The only problem is.. we go very slow. :)

Parsley said...

I totally get this. I tried to walk with my dogs but they sniff and waddle so much I can't keep up a good pace. Poor buddy doesn't understand but maybe he will adjust to a new routine.

Blondee said...

Good for you for getting a plan together in order to keep working toward better health. It can be easy to fall off the wagon, but once you get into the new routine, I hope it sticks and that Koda 'allows' it. ;) We always feel horrible when we leave our King Charles Cavalier, too. She is like a little kid and acts so sad. Somehow, they know! lol

LynnMarie said...

Poor baby! How about getting a dog stroller for him and taking him along? Those you can get on ebay for a better price and the added weight that you are pushing will help to get the heart beat up as well. He will not be able to sniff but will be with you.t an idea

jack69 said...

It is funny how one personcan make the difference. But it would have to be a GREAT person to get me up at 5AM to walk. hahahaha.
I do think it is a GREAT idea to walk the neighborhood, makes a lot of sense to me, since I am cheap anyway.

I often laugh at how we like to walk, but will try to get the closes parking place to the store where we are shopping. Go figure.

Good entry, love that corgi and the communications you guys have!!!

Jeanie said...

I walk with Dodger every morning and struggle with the same problem. I finally figured out that if I let him sniff, pee, etc. for the first fifteen minutes he will keep up a pretty good pace with me for the next 45 minutes.

mare ball said...

I admire your rising at 5 am. for the gym. I try to get there by 9! I should be there now, but I'm reading blogs! I'm so with you...exercise is important and all, but it's boring and hard to stay motivated. I struggle with it ALL the time. I'm just so tired of it. I hope your walking works out. As we age, walking seems to be where we all end up. :-)

Seriously Though said...

poor Koda. :( For me walking my neighborhood became soooooooooooooooo boring I just refuse to do it anymore. Here I sit getting fluffier and fluffier. I do like walking in the rain though. I don't even have good rain gear. People look at me oddly when they drive by and I'm walking about in blowing rain.

Hollie said...

Maybe Koda will adjust soon!! Good for you guys!!

Mevely317 said...

Aah, I KNOW that look of defiance so well. When Caraleigh pulls that face, it's all I can do not to bust out laughing.

Lucky that your hubby is ready/willing/able to join with you! I tried doing the neighborhood last Winter and 'bout scared myself to death ... imagining all sorts of monsters (lol) lurking here and there. Pretty pathetic, huh?

Mevely317 said...

Oops.... Forgot something, Betty!

Have you seen those doggie strollers? -- They've zip-mesh covers to keep the dog from taking a tumble.
I've witnessed a couple of power-walkers/joggers using that recently, and wish I'd thought of that!

Judy said...

That you even USED to get up at 5 a.m. to go to the gym is very impressive to me!!

Stew said...

Perhaps Koda would prefer to wait for you in the van. You could even drive to the park to do your morning walk and again have him wait in the van.

Betty WSch. said...

I was going to say what Stew said. Maybe he would be better off waiting in the van for you. But then again, if he see you walking he'll probably want to get out too. Hope you find a solution or that he gets used to his new routine.
I think it's great you and hubby are walking.

Jane said...

This post really speaks to me because exercise is a HUGE struggle for me. I wasn't always this bad; I used to go to the gym, I biked on the weekends and walked too. Somewhere along the way, I started to detest the idea of exercise to the point that I don't do it at all anymore. I even told my husband to get the treadmill that his ex-wife offered, which he did and it sits there in our basement. I'm also an insomniac so I know that exercise might help with some sleep issues. I'm getting back to it for sure!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I'm glad you found a new routine. I wish I could walk with my husband but he is way too fast for me. Poor Koda :( They do like their routines. Sorry about Alex leaving.

Renegades said...

Good for you two for having the dedication. Just to bad puppy isn't as into the quick walk and has to stay home. :(

Funny in My Mind said...

Good for you that you are making an effort!
Poor Koda, he does get walks though, right?
Molly does the whole sniff, waddle thing too, on the rare times we walk the dogs. They usually run like mainiacs through the huge yard so I don't feel too bad.
We bought our elliptical at Sears. It was expensive and I have had it for months, never used it. I plan too though when I lose 20 lbs (I have lost 15)

Karen said...

Walking is good! I'm sure Koda will get used to it...eventually...

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

Our Corgis are very schedule oriented and they definitely don't like any change. Like Bruce! haha
Poor Koda will get used to it, he just won't like it. And you know that he will make sure you know about it, too!
Keep walking, Betty. :)

Bobbi and Gracie said...

I can understand why you can't get a good walk with Koda. If he's anything like Gracie... it's rough. Gracie JAY WALKS.. from one side of the sidewalk or road to the other. It's crazy! I guess she feels there are smells on both sides and she doesn't want to miss a single smell.
Gary and I used to go to the gym faithfully but we stopped. We
have been toying around with the idea again... but not committed yet.
I am impressed Betty! Every morning at 5 AM!! You go, girl! I don't think I could be drug out into the cold morning at 5AM even if George Clooney was the guy at the front counter.. LOL
Poor Koda. He probably cannot believe that the two of you would dare go for a walk without him. Gracie would and Does act the same way when we leave her behind.
We bought an elliptical machine about 8 years ago. It was a pretty good one.. and has served us well. We have used it a lot and still do. I usually turn to that in the winter when it's too cold to get out and walk. Gary still does it religiously every morning along with our evening walks.
Well, I almost wrote a book here.. Happy WAlking!! Give Koda a hug for Gracie and me...

Linda B. said...

Amazing how ordinary people (like Alex) can enhance your day. Sounds like a wonderful habit, daily morning walks! A first, I went to sleep around 5 am today, working on Shutterfly book. Time sure flies when you're having fun! Here I'd have to eventually think- neither snow, nor rain, nor sleet, to even attempt to keep up with you. Enjoy your walks!

Marianne said...

Rainy days? This is easy. A little Nutella is practically the same as an hour on the eliptical. As least in my world.

Lynn Proctor said...

way to go!! i keep telling myself i am going to at least tone up!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Betty - I am glad for you and your hubby - but a little sad for Koda. Can you take him for a little spin and then bring him home and go out again? Okay I have a hard time saying no.

Nana said...

Hello Ms. Corgi. We've never corresponded, but I read your blog occasionally. I found you through my daughter's blog (Keri at Forever Folding Laundry). I had to laugh when you wrote about "that look" you got from Koda. We have a Scotty who is a master at "that look". I'm not sure how it happens, but dogs can convey almost any emotion they are feeling with "that look". We deal with the same thing almost daily. Anyway, thanks for the chuckle. Have a wonderful weekend. Diana

Tamera Brose said...

I'm terrible about exercise and I would let my doggie's sad face be another excuse not to walk. Kudos for doing the right thing by walking.

Rita said...

Koda will get used to the new routine... eventually...but he has to protest--LOL! I would think the walking would be more fun than the gym. :)

Tami said...

Poor Koda! :) I take our big dog when I walk, but little one can't keep up so has to stay home. I can usuallt hear her barking when I return, also. Poor baby!

Susie Clevenger said...

Good job! I miss my morning walks. I was walking alone and my husband worried about it so much. Now I walk on my treadmill. It is in front of a window so that helps. btw I disabled the comment verification on my blog. I didn't realize I had it on that blog. Sorry for your frustration. I so understand it!! :)

Patrick said...

Let me get this straight you are 'confessing' to commitment - you two are wild and wacky kids!:) Personally I mix it up between neighborhood and gym. Monotony if my enemy. Not having any witty companion I used talking books for walks whether at gym or neighborhood so it's really just a healthy variation of 'reading time'.

In Fall, Winter, and early Spring when whether is MS friendly I add push and rolls with Patti and her wheelchair - recently been trying to average 5K push and rolls with her and/or power walks by myself.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Empty Nester said...

I can't bear not to take Tucker on his morning mile walk. For a while, I would walk him and then bring him back home while I went out for my workout walk. Later, I tried running in place every time he stopped to sniff or pee on something. Now, I walk him and save my workouts for the afternoons when I get home for school. It's amazing how well our pets have us trained. LOL

Secret Agent Woman said...

On a good week, I go to the gym three mornings a week, but that's harder now that I'm driving my son to school. I think the main thing, when one routine stops working, is to find another and keep going.

Big Mark 243 said...

...now that I work at a health club (it is NOT a gym!! :0)) I think that some of the guests have taken an appreciation of me... and I KNOW that they have connected with those who work there... it is a family-like relationship on both ends...

But I am sure that you would develop the same kind of relationship with other workers... as far as getting home equipment... I saw a small elliptical for about $1500... now THAT would motivate me to use it everyday..!

Deanna said...

I know what you mean about how difficult it can be to go to the gym. Hubby and I did the same thing. We were SO faithful, then slacked off a little and then poof, we were no longer going. We dropped the membership and started walking and biking. Not sure what this winter will bring... probably a fire and snuggles under a blanket!

Koda is such a funny little guy. He'll get used to his new routine. Maybe....

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Megan said...

Good for you, coming up with a new plan that works better and sticking too it - I'm envious, I fear I'm far too lazy to commit to such a thing!

SweetMarie said...

Can't believe I missed this post for so many days! We crate trained our pups as well, but now we don't have to use them. Does Koda need a crate? Does he chew or anything? We quit paying gym fees as well. We bought a treadmill so, I have no excuse. LOL Anyway, we found ours on craigslist for $75. It's really nice and in like new condition. Maybe you could find a deal too. Then hubby found a gym that is a all in one, it's worth about $1000. and we payed $150.00!
Hugs!
Marie

Living Life said...

I have to chuckle at this post, because my Cooper loves to take leisure walks too and it's impossible to get a good workout/walk in when you have to stop every 2 minutes for him to sniff around and mark his territory! lol

I think walking is a a great exercise plan for you and your hubs. It is my exercise of choice. I love to walk outside and reflect on the beauty of God's works. Koda will get used to your routine.

The Brown Recluse said...

That's a great idea. I have a treadmill and a quiet neighborhood, and I'm going to have to start using one or the other fairly soon. I keep waiting for my plateau, or the first of the year. Which ever comes first, haha

If I were trying to get up and actually go somewhere to exercise, I might make it once. Might. Maybe. Probably not.

Danielle L Zecher said...

Maybe Koda would like a dog stroller? Some of our neighbors have a smaller dog, and she always looks happy in the stroller when they're out walking.

Martha said...

Isn't it amazing how one little thing can change everything? I bet Alex doesn't have a clue about the chain reaction since he has left. Of course Koda will adjust. My little Beefy adjusted by peeing on my curtains daily when we all leave, lol.