BLOG: Clark's retail job limits her workout time

Ellyn Clark
Dec 7, 2010


The week of Nov. 28 has certainly posed some complications for me as far as working out goes.
I have, throughout this competition, been in the gym almost every day.

If I'm not working out with my personal trainer, T.J. Temper of the Northern Ohio Medical Fitness Center, I'm working out on my own.

But this past week, my hours at work have increased. Tis' the holiday season. I work in retail. I've been putting in nine to 10 hour days. This certainly interferes with gym time. The gym is open:
Monday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Tuesday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The gyms closes about the time I'm finally getting off of work or way before. So, I have not been in the gym since last week and had not worked out for the past three days, until today, Dec. 6.

Confession: When this challenge first began, I used to get cranky knowing I had to go to the gym to work out and now, almost a year later, I get cranky when I can't.

Sharing this information with T.J., of course didn't go over very well. He said I was using work as an excuse. I told him I was NOT going to work out at 9 o'clock at night or later after being on my feet literally all day.

Once I get in the car, sit for 20 minutes on the way home, my body, and especially my feet, screams, "Oh heck no! I've had enough!"

T.J. said if I'm not going to do something when I get off of work then I need to be doing something in the mornings. He said, I need to be doing something to get my body and metabolism going. As I mulled this over, I silently groaned, especially at the thought of getting out of bed any earlier.

He said I wouldn't need a full 45 minutes to an hour workout, but i had to do 15 to 20 minutes. T.J. does not accept excuses for not working out.

I didn't really think I was making excuses, but giving it some thought, I really have no reason as to why I can't get up a half-hour earlier to do some push-ups, crunches, lunges, etc.

So although I'm not very excited or enthused about the thought of getting up earlier, I guess I'll need to on the days I'm not going to be able to make it to the gym.



Too bad....Try working twelve hours a day for  five days a week all while on salary.  No sympathy.