Gym Now, Wine Later

Oenophilia (/ˌiːnəˈfɪliə/ EE-nə-FIL-ee-ə; Greek for the love (philia) ofwine (oinos)) is a love of wine. In the strictest sense, oenophilia describes a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.

That’s me … one who possesses a strict disciplined devotion to wine (and the consumption of it!) Seriously though, I have a sincere appreciation for wine. Every time I sit down to enjoy my evening glass, my thoughts often wander off to the dry, arid vineyards where I imagine the leather looking hands of the vineyard workers hand picking each bunch of grapes and the stories they could tell. With each sip, I breathe in the aromatic scent and wonder “Who picked these grapes? Does he have a family? What obstacles has he overcome? Was this his lifelong dream, a family business he inherited or just a job that is part of his culture and puts food on his table?” I believe inside every bottle of wine, there is a fascinating story to be told.

Therefore; in my most humble opinion, I feel I do some of my best thinking and decision-making while sipping on a lush, velvety Merlot. And so it was, over my Sunday evening glass of wine, that I came to this conclusion ….. I need more STRUCTURE in my life. What?? The woman who has always lived life on a whim, flew by the seat of her pants and “poo-pooed” any pediatrician whose doctrine was to keep your babies on very strict schedules is now, not only seeing the value in, but actually seeking out a SCHEDULE for her own life?!? It has always baffled me as to how this dichotomy of personalities could co-exist in the same body …the bookkeeper side of me that wants every thing to be balanced, organized and categorized along with this free-spirited, adventure loving, somewhat flighty girl who despises being tied to a schedule or clock!

However; I’m finding that the older I get, the more schedule oriented I become. I find myself making more and more “daily lists”, “penciling in” more on my calendar and planning ahead more than I ever have! I know this is due to my “menopause brain” ….which is a real problem with a real scientific name, but it’s much more fun to just refer to it as “menopause brain”. This along with all of the myriad of other hormonal changes going on, I just can’t seem to stay on track with my fitness needs, weight lifting in particular. I’ve really let that aspect of my fitness routine slide recently and I miss it. Knowing how important it is, especially during this phase of a woman’s life, I’m determined to get back on track! Despite the fact that I manage a gym; I seem to have a harder time getting my workouts in than ever before!  Soooo, thanks to my new “brain condition”, the first step in taking control of the situation and trying to get back  on track was to create a workout schedule for weight lifting.happy


One week down and I feel great! In the past, I would view this type of schedule as restrictive and suffocating. However; now I find it liberating and refreshing. I don’t have to think about it ..I just have to follow it, and it works. Whew! What a relief, one less thing I have to think about. And with three teenage boys, one heading off to college, a full-time job and all of these “changes” my body is going through …what a blessing that is!

If you’re finding yourself in a slump or a crossroad with your health and fitness routine, try changing it up, making a schedule to follow, enlist a friend to workout with, or better yet …get your spouse involved! On the flip side, if you’re one who has always lived by strict schedules, maybe you could step out on the wild side and ditch your schedule and just listen to your body each day. Whatever your situation, remember that life doesn’t stay the same ….we don’t have to like it, we just have to change with it!