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Last day at my gym. :(

Thursday, December 16, 2010

When I joined my gym at the end of the summer, I chose the least expensive one. It is kinda crappy. To say the least. It's very dated-looking, filled with cheesy music, the tiniest, dank little locker room, no pool, no sauna, no whirlpool...very basic. It's filled with grunting, free weight-lifting muscle heads. And me. I stayed in my corner with my elliptical machine and ignored them, save for the head nod of acknowledgment and little smile we oblige each other with.

In recent weeks, I ventured over to the machines and learned how to use about 4 of them. Again with the head nods, and sometimes a hello. Sometimes a ,"How are you?" thrown in. They became friendlier. Or I did. Or a combination of both? Anyway, the place grew on me.

But as I written about before, I need a pool for PT. Insurance will not forever pay for me to go to PT. And the therapist showed me what I should be doing in a pool. So I knew that when my membership was up, I'd be switching to another gym.

There are 2 other choices in our area. The YMCA, around the corner from the school I work at, where a bunch of my students go, and Healthlinks, a rather swanky gym, further out, with all the luxeries one could possibly want in a gym! The difference in price for the two is only $4. I'm willing to pay the $4 more to ensure I don't run into my students while I'm in a bathing suit!

So anyway, back to the old gym. I was looking forward to going to a nicer place when we first decided that's what I'd do. But today, being there, knowing it was my last time, I was overcome with sadness! This dumpy little place is where I learned to love working out! I realized just how much I'm going to miss it. All of it. The sight, the smell, the sounds. I was actually grieving a bit, going down the stairs, knowing it was likely the last time I'd ever go in there! It wasn't the prettiest place in town, but it did well by me! I'll miss it!

  
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JAMARIGOLD 12/17/2010 9:35AM

    They'll miss you, too. emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 12/17/2010 9:35AM

    They'll miss you, too. emoticon

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Snow shoveling as a workout?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm bushed! We're in the middle of a lake effect snow storm. I shoveled the sidewalks, driveways and steps of four homes. (We live on a block of older people, so we always take care of their snow removal and mow their yards.) I thought it would be so much easier, since I'm in much better shape this winter. But I guess not in as good shape as I thought!

Normally Darryl takes care of snow removal and I do the mowing. But he's sick. Called in today. Something he never does. So I couldn't see having him attempt to go out and start the snow blower. I don't know how to use it, so I decided to make it an early morning workout. If I did that every morning, my arms would look great, huh?!

Wish our two-hour delay would turn into a snow day. I have so much to do around here! It would be nice to have a day to catch up!

Well, I'm off...going to use the most of these 2 hours!

  
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DCFKAF 12/16/2010 6:10PM

    We used to have kids come after every snow storm, asking if they could shovel...hasn't happened in about 5 years now. ?! Less industrious, maybe?

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UUCEEJAY 12/16/2010 3:31PM

    I enjoy shoveling, but my husband hires the two boys across the street to do it now. They do a really nice job and enjoy having the spending money. Cute kids.


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KATHRYNLP 12/16/2010 9:23AM

    I love to get outside and do some snow shovelling. It's so brisk and bright. I go easy, and my hubby uses the snowblower.
And you're right.. it's great exercise too! emoticon

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DCFKAF 12/16/2010 9:06AM

    I was very careful...no falling for me! I still feel the warm glow in my arm muscles, so I know I did get a work out. (I worked them out pretty good at the gym last night, too...today was SUPPOSED to be my day off from strength training! Oh well...)

Hope you all have a great day!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 12/16/2010 8:19AM

    It is a great workout. I shovel ours and both neighbors as they are elderly widows. Last winter I shoved the sidewalk down to my son's bus stop. I didn't want to deal with the ice that would be on the sidewalk with the two that don't shovel.

Have a good day!

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DLH2PINK 12/16/2010 8:14AM

  I believe shoveling is definitely a work out. be careful.

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Back in the swing of things!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So I finally got back to the gym!!! Monday and yesterday. It feels so good to be back! I had no idea just how much I missed it...the smell and sounds, walking up there, made me so happy I actually smiled! I'm sure anyone who might have seen me would have thought me quite daft. Walking alone, huge smile on my face. But I was genuinely happy to be back! And tonight, after our meeting after work, I'm headed back! :D

  
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UUCEEJAY 12/16/2010 2:42AM

    It is amazing how much the gym becomes a place of comfort once you make it a routine part of your life. emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 12/15/2010 6:47PM

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DIVALOUNGER 12/15/2010 1:53PM

    Yay!!!! Good for you! emoticon

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mind games

Thursday, December 09, 2010

I haven't been to the gym in almost a week, due to this sinus infection and feeling so lousy. I haven't gained any way. (Haven't lost, either, but I'll take maintaining for now.) My clothes still all fit, perhaps even a little looser. But I'm kinda freaking out and feel like I'm gaining. I know I'm not. Rationally. But that doesn't stop this feeling.

I think I'm feeling like this because of not working out. I think it's become an important part of who I am and without it, I'm feeling off. I think that's what's going on...that's the only thing I can figure out. I've got my gym bag packed and am hoping I'll be up to at least an easy workout tomorrow. My voice is nearly back to normal. I'm feeling much better. I'm sleeping a lot. I don't think it will be harmful to do a gentle workout. And I'm hopeful it will help with this feeling I've got!

  
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DCFKAF 12/11/2010 11:37AM

    Thanks, UU...I agree...am feeling better and will be soon back to the full routine. I'm sure of it. And feeling better and losing again.

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UUCEEJAY 12/11/2010 5:11AM

    I haven't done my usual workouts these last two weeks either. I am missing the endorphins from the workouts I think. I really miss it when I am off my schedule. You will feel better once you are back in your groove. Sinus infections can really knock you flat. Hope you are finally over it and get your strength back.

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Sinus infection!!!

Monday, December 06, 2010

I kept getting sicker, so I finally went to the doctor today. Had to wait 2 hours to be seen...very busy in there! Everyone is sick!

Anyway, an antibiotic, cough medicine and doctor's note to stay home until Wednesday is the end result. I'm eating a bowl of homemade vegetable soup right now and then I think I'll take a nap...trying hard to do everything I need to, to get healthy again soon! I haven't worked out since Thursday! And it's doubtful I'll do it much before this Thursday! Unless the antibiotic works quickly...we'll see...

Anyway, just wanted to check in...now I'm off to bed for a bit.

  
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RENA1965 12/6/2010 2:55PM

    Get better real soon!

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FISHING88 12/6/2010 2:37PM

    Hope you get to feeling better! Rest well so you can recover more quickly.

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