Can I ask you something?
As you could see by this morning’s post, I was having a pretty good day! I’m not going to let this one little thing completely ruin my day, but I’d like to get your opinion. If I’m completely off-base, I’ll drop it and try not to think about it again. If I’m right, well… then I’m right and it will make me feel better.
I’ve mentioned this time and time again, but if you’re brand spankin’ new (welcome, by the way!) I work out at lunch during my work day. My work has a gym in one of our buildings (huge bonus!). Don’t get me wrong, I still have to pay for a membership – but it’s nice and convenient (and compared to most gyms – pretty cheap).
I used to go to the gym before my work day started, but now that I work from 6:45 – 3:45 every day, that would be nearly impossible. By the time my day is over — I just wanna go home. I don’t want to work out. That’s about all there is to it.
The only thing about my job is that there is not a lot of flexibility with lunches, shifts, breaks and so on. My lunch hour has to be an hour or less. Not 65 minutes or even 61, I have to be back at my desk at 60 minutes flat. You get used to it, I promise!
At the gym, there are multiple exercise classes throughout the day. Unfortunately, my old lunch hour always seemed to miss them. This week though, my lunch was moved from 12-1 indefinitely. This means that I would always be able to make the classes!! You can imagine how excited I was.
Now, every class is an hour. Remember that thing that I told you about? That my lunch hour is an hour, exactly?? Yeah. With that in mind, I have to leave the class about 10 minutes early so that I can shower and run back to my desk. Are you with me so far?
Since there is limited space, you are required to sign up for the class ahead of time (like most gyms!). This morning I signed up for cycling and was super pumped up. All day I was looking forward to it. It was an awesome class and a fantastic work out! I left feeling strong, confident, and tired. As I passed by the desk on my way out, one of the staff members for the gym stopped me.
“Did you take today’s class too,” she said. They see me almost every day, but I never take classes. I wasn’t surprised that they were shocked to see me in them multiple days in a row.
I proceeded to tell her about how my lunch was moved and now I would be able to catch all the classes. Here’s where things start to go down hill.
“So, your plan is to take classes and leave early every day? So, you’re going to take a spot away from someone who could stay the entire hour even though you can’t,” she snapped with an annoying smile.
Basically, I fumbled over my words and quickly left. (Way to stand up for myself!)
Here are my thoughts:
- First – I can see her point. Someone else COULD use that spot that could possibly stay the whole time
- However – I still PAY to go there.
- It’s not like I’m choosing to leave. They all know about my 60 min max lunch.
- And – I signed up ahead of time.
- Someone else could have easily signed up before me and taken my spot.
- Here’s the killer – other people leave the classes early too
I should let it go. Whenever something like this happens, I always think, “Fine! I’ll just go find a new gym!” Because I’m really mature and five years old.
Anyway – PLEASE tell me. Do you agree with me? Or do you think that I should let someone else have my spot that has the possibility to get the entire hour in?
In other news — I had the world’s best strawberries today. At least something is still going right!