… in that I like to be… even. True confession day. Another of my strange idiosyncrasies. Yes, being even.
It plays out a lot with exercise. Simply put – I like to do the same number of reps on both sides of my body with any strength training move. Doesn’t sound so crazy, does it? But, I have found that class instructors and trainers are not nearly as obsessed with evenness as I am and if I left it up to them I might have huge bulging (okay not really) muscles on only one side of my body! My favorite instructor of group strength classes, for example, almost always starts any exercise on the right side of the body and as she explains things, does more reps on that side. Well, knowing this, I sometimes start on the left side instead, and sometimes I just count reps in my head and make sure I do the same number on both sides while the rest of the class is doing whatever the instructor is leading. Triceps, biceps, lunges, doesn’t matter. And, when I work out with my mom and our trainer once a week, we often do timed sets instead of counting. Well, I seem to always count in my head anyways and if I end up uneven, I will balance out the set. They both find this pretty entertaining, my mother teases me often, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do. And this girl has to keep things even! And I anticipate an evenness problem when I get around to using my new hula hoop. I am a counter-clockwise swinger. Gotta learn how to hoop both ways.
It’s not just exercise. I like to eat evenly as well. Okay, before you judge me on this one, just think about it. Because when I described this once to my brother he thought I was a total kook then paid attention and realized he does it too! When I eat a small food, like dry cereal or blueberries or M&Ms or Cheeze-its, I eat one on first one side of my mouth and the next on the other side. Really. Sometimes, I might bite something in two and split it on the sides of my mouth. Like a pretzel or a cracker. I don’t do this will all food, just the “little” things. And I know I am not alone in this because a couple of years ago I heard someone on TV confessing this as “something no one knows about me.” But my teeth are better on one side than the other thanks to a lot of dental work so there are some food where I go against my natural evenness tendency and just eat all on one side. See, I can adapt:)
Other even obsessions of mine: my shoes have to be laced so that they are both equally tight or loose. I will lace them again until I get it right. I also like only even numbers on my car’s thermostat: 66 or 68 or 70 or 72. I know – weird. On my kitchen counters I have some Corian cutting boards next to the stove and I like them lined up nice and square: even on the sides parallel to the stove and the edge of the counter. And when I described this post to my husband, I found out I am not alone. He has a little thing about the stacks of bowls in our cabinet being even that I never realized! Kookiness loves company:)
Yep, I am a bit strange. I admit it. How about you? Any idiosyncrasies you’ll admit to?