Tales from the Weight Room Floor.

One of my biggest pet peeves are the “bag ladies” and “duffel men” of the gym. My gym provides day lockers at no charge. You just use your membership card, and pull out the key on a convenient little bracelet. Forget your membership card? No problem, they’ll give you one at the front desk. Also, the gym clearly outlines that you shouldn’t bring your gym bags around with you when you work out.

But who follows rules these days anyway? Certainly not the lady planning her baby shower on her cell phone on the treadmill. (No cell phones inside – another ignore rule.)

I love a clean gym floor.

I love a clean gym floor.

Men for the most part are the least offensive of this rule. They have their little bags and they pretty much move it around with them when work. On the other hand, women are capital offenders. It’s not enough to have a bag. She’s got to have a towel, a water bottle, or more, and she pretty much spreads her stuff out to mark her territory. You want a piece of this mirror? Nope. You need to come over and grab some dumbbells? Can’t you see I’m HERE being very important. And if you do tread in to her area, be prepared for the stink eye. Be prepared for her to move each item over, away from you, laboriously.

There’s another lady, in particular, who is of the same breed but spends her time up on the cardio deck. Let’s call her Cracked Out Princess Leia. I call her this because she always wears her hair in 2 pigtails on the side of her head, half pulled through. So, totally lazy ass buns. She’s an older lady, but of indeterminable age. You know the kind? She could be pathetically in her 30’s or be fantastic in her 50’s, but you just can’t quite tell. The face says one thing, the neck another, they body something else.

Anyway, COPL is a bag lady. She comes up to the cardio deck with her beach bag of stuff. Maybe it’s just a really big ass purse. COPL removes her hat (most of the time, it’s a winter knit hat) and various scarves before taking to the elliptical. She also usually wears a bulky coat upstairs, too. By the way, I live in California, and although we are big weather wimps, she has done this on a 90 degree day and our gym has no A/C.

How the person next to her does not have their machine caught up in all her accoutrements is beyond me. She obviously does feel some warmth during her workout because her shirt usually gets pulled up and tied above her waist like she’s at cheerleading camp.

I’m a total square and a rule abider. If I bring anything in, it goes in the day lockers. Mostly, I put my purse under the seat in the car and lock it all up. When I have my convertible, I can’t really do that. I feel guilty toting my water bottle around and leaving it at a station I’m not at during a circuit round. And yes, I do feel guilty snarking about COPL, but she’s pretty ridiculous. If it weren’t against gym rules, I’d take a picture.

Friend Makin’ Monday: Questions and Answers

Long time, no blog! Things have been fairly whirlwindy since I got back from 2 weeks in New England. I have a post yet to be published about that, but I’m getting back in the swing of things, anyway.

Gym time has been good to me. I’m taking part in a circuit training class led by 3 trainers and I’ve mostly been the only student! Lots of good ass kicking for me!


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1. Do you use coupons? Not really. I pretty much keep a stack of them that I ignore until they expire. I don’t really clip them, but I keep the ones that I get at the grocery checkout if it’s something that interests me. I’m back about remembering them.

2. How often do you weigh yourself? Lately every couple of weeks. I have to hit certain criteria to weigh myself. It must be in the morning, it must be naked and it must be after an important bowel movement.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a kid? Dukes of Hazard re-runs. I think that’s why I’m obsessed with owning a Jeep. Happy to report that I have jumped my car across rail road tracks. My Malibu was certainly no General Lee, but it was fun to catch air.

4. How often do you drink alcohol? Maybe once a week. I’d love to go totally dry again, and I just might, but sometimes a girl needs a margarita.

5. Have you ever met a celebrity or public figure that you really admire? Not really. My celebrity sightings have all pretty much been from afar. I should hang out in LA more. 🙂

6. If you had to choose between only your cell phone or only your laptop all week which would you choose? Totally my cell phone. I’d be pretty lost without it.

7. What is your favorite brand of detergent? Cheer HE. If I could pick any it would be Dreft because I LOVE the smell of it. But, it’s a little too pricy for my volume of laundry.

8. If there was a movie about your life, who would play the role? Drew Barrymore because we are close to the same age and apparently we have the same voice according to my former boss.

9. What book are you currently reading? I’m reading the second book in the Songs of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) series, A Clash of Kings. I’m late to the party since most everyone has read them and watched the series, but hey, it’s never too late to catch up.

10. If you could spend one day on vacation anywhere in the world, which place would you choose? I can’t quite decide between a beach in Hawaii or somewhere on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. If I had to choose a night, I’d choose a night in Ibiza.

Yeah, this would be fun!

Yeah, this would be fun!