I went to the gym this morning to work off yesterday's awfulness and it was great! (Yesterday was horrible, involving daytime tv and a late night ice cream binge. One of these days where each kid spills every drink and the tram lines interfere with Hugh Laurie on the car radio - one of these days.) (Actually, interfering with Hugh Laurie - mmm. You can tell I feel better already.)
I used to loathe exercise, but then a few years ago I was having trouble getting pregnant and went to see a new gynaecologist. Lovely guy, but after he did his whole exam (which does not involve gowns or anything in Belgium, so you feel a bit exposed and vulnerable) he happily told me there was no medical problem but I could lose ten pounds. Kind of harsh on a first date. I followed his advice and sure enough, ten pounds later I'm all knocked up. Shame it was an ectopic pregnancy and it lost me an ovary, but still, the guy was right.
Anyways, and moving on, what I found out was that exercise is not as bad as I always thought! And now I love the gym and my bike. And I would have so hated me for that ten years ago. Freaky thing is - for me, exercise just makes me happy. I used to get seriously depressed, and now when I do I go exercise it off. Years of therapy and all I needed was to get off that therapists' couch and onto my bike. Well, not quite, but it does the trick for me now.
I still hate to start exercising each time, but what gets me going (and keeps me going) is some very subtle music. Today, I was thinking of going home after twenty minutes on the exercise bike, and what added another ten was "Let's get married" by The Proclaimers. Yes, that subtle. I also have Britney Spears and Abba. Oh, and Nirvana! I'm always looking for new songs to add. Do you have any recommendations? I like 'em fast and loud. And not very subtle.