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I’ve Become One of THEM!

I recently started going to the gym on a regular basis. I find I really enjoy the way I feel. My body functions better. There is a spring in my step. My patience and my temper seem to have greater endurance, and my students say I smile more — though there’s a chance the smile springs from another source.

Friday I arrived at school the same time as one of our regular substitute teachers. She commented that I was looking trimmer. I told her I’d joined a gym. She mentioned one she was thinking of joining, but knew she would never go alone. The gym she mentioned was mine.

I attend the gym almost nightly with another of my co-workers. We talk and giggle while we exercise, which makes the time go faster. Tonight, at my invitation and on my pass, the substitute teacher joined us. We exercised her breathless, kept her giggling the whole while, then made her sign up before we let her go.

All must exercise! Everybody together now: one, two, three, four ….

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Ha! I know you people! You scare me.

    (Keep it up, and keep writing about it. Maybe, someday, one of your posts will inspire me to get up and move about a little.)

  2. Your friendly neighborhood $200/hr bosom buddies (some people call them “psychologists”) will tell you that regular exercise is one of the most important components of mood enhancement. Sedentary people tend to get depressed – and wind up looking like Al’s avatar.

    Just trying to enhance the smile.

  3. Good on you Quilly, exercise is good for everyone. I love to walk (unless it is in the -20’s/-30’s celsius), though waiting for our efficient transit makes one want to walk.

    Have a wonderful stress free day.

  4. oh i’m so happy for you. and them. for all of you, 😉

    going to work out with someone else helps big time. i know it does it for me. i wish i could tag along..i’m dying to find someone here close to me to go back to curves.

    keep up the good work angel. i’m happy that you enjoying yourself and feeling the benefits.

  5. Bill — stress free? But most days stress is all tha holds me together!

    Chana — go to Curves and make a new friend there!

    Silver — yes, but does Sandra consider it a good deed?

  6. Kyah — I resemble that remark.

    Gary — thank you

    Nessa — you’ve been reading my day planner again!

    Lori — how’s your exercise program coming?

  7. Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhh!
    Ups, almost strained an ankle in all my excitement.
    I think, as with all things, the toughest part is to get started, onc eyou are in it…new realms of energy and delight will kick in.
    Things seem to be working out on many levels in your life right now 😉
    Love it!

    I am one of them, too.

  8. Minka — things? Have I any idea what you are alluding to? 😉

    Pauline — wasn’t it you who told me to put myself at the top of my to-do list? Perhaps you should make use of your own wisdom ….

  9. Well, Quill, you know what they say: The more you giggle while you jiggle, the better you’ll wiggle. (I just made that up, but it works.)

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