The Gym? I Think I Remember What That Is


Bad Leslie.

I haven’t been to the gym in nearly two weeks. Bad, bad Leslie.  

I can explain: My life is i-n-s-a-n-e. I haven’t had a truly peaceful day in two weeks, and that’s not entirely my fault. But sacrificing gym time definitely is, so mea culpa.


Last weekend was the first time in three weeks I was at home on a Saturday and Sunday. My original intent was to hit the gym both days, but then I got that harebrained idea to completely redo my daughter’s room. And it’s my fault I suffered back and leg strain, from which it took three days to recover. But the last two days, I really had no control over.

Take yesterday. Instead of rolling out of bed and into sweats, I got a tearful call from my daughter. A sore knee the night before had morphed into a stiff, fluid-filled pain. Off to the doctor, and now we’re awaiting an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon.

This a.m., same deal, except it’s my son. Trey was wrong about his work hours, and since he didn’t take my car, he needed me to pick him up. Shortly after that, a text from Skyler. It’s interim reports day, which means her day ends hours before the usual early time. Poof! went my plans.

But I’m not going to beat myself up over all this.

OK, I am.

Because I’m normal. Not Superwoman (despite all evidence to the contrary). Clearly I’ve hit one of those walls in the World of Weight Loss, and that has temporarily halted all forward motion. What I really, really would like to do is just take a few days to be still, chill and detox – and get back to my gym, and to feeling good.

Right now, I’m not feeling that great. Without going into detail, just trust me when I say it’s been a trying week. Even Tanza was on my case for managing to spend the entire weekend only doing things for other people.

I really am trying to work on that.

All that to say this: I’m very much a work in progress. We all know that. But this is May, and things are slowly changing for the better. Yes, I’ve taken a step or two backward, but am regaining my focus and resolve.


I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.  ~  Bill Cosby

Leslie J. Ansley is an award-winning journalist and entrepreneur who blogs daily for TheRoot. She lives in Raleigh, NC.