Sunday, November 06, 2011
For the past few months there have been rumors that my gym was going to close. One day a few weeks ago I was on an elliptical when the electricity suddenly shut off, and I wondered if that was it - the gym was done? But no, they stayed open. I started calling before heading over there every time I went just to be sure they were still open before making the trek...well... ALMOST every time. I didn't bother calling yesterday, but when I got there, I found a "CLOSED" sign on the door! My gym is a Work Out World, and they have another location relatively nearby, so I got back in my car and went to the other location. I had been planning on taking Body Combat at 8:30 and Body Pump at 9:30. Instead I managed almost a half-hour on the treadmill at the other location before Body Pump THERE at 9:30. I saw a big crowd gathering by the studio door starting around 9 A.M., including several regulars I recognized from the other location, but I've never been one to stand by the studio door when I could be using my time more efficiently (treadmill). But I was getting nervous because I know that the studio at this location is MUCH smaller than the studio at the other location, and the crowd was getting huge, so I got off the treadmill a few minutes ahead of time and went over there. I was shocked with what I found: adults acting like cranky children!! The regulars from this gym snapping comments at the regulars from the other gym! The people from my gym told me that they'd been waiting by the door longer than these other people (which I knew was true - I'd been watching!), but they came over and shoved their way to the front of the crowd because they'd been signed up since 8:00. Well, Work Out World has a rule that you can't sign up for a class until a half hour ahead of time, NOT 90 minutes! So as soon as the Zumba class ended, people started literally SHOVING their way into the studio. People were grabbing equipment for their buddies and using their elbows to get by, and I ended up being one of several people who did NOT get a bar!! :( I was so sad - sad that my gym had closed, sad that this option wasn't seeming like it was going to work out, and especially sad at how awful people's behavior was. I ended up doing my workout with dumbbells and a different type of bar. It ended up OK for some tracks, not so much for others. Squats, chest, and back were done with ridiculously light weights - I wish I'd run out to the free weight room and grabbed some heavy dumbbells (20lbs? 25? 15? not sure), the heaviest they had in the studio were only 8lbs. But for most tracks it worked out OK. Afterward, I emailed the fitness director telling him how crowded it was and how I think they need to add more classes. Even if they add more equipment there wouldn't be ROOM for all that equipment in that tiny studio - they need TWO Saturday morning classes, and they need to add Tuesday and Thursday classes. He emailed me back saying that he's working on it. They will add more classes, and he's going to get stricter about signing up and capping off at maximum (NOT exactly what I was hoping to hear, but technically that would help..) he also mentioned that the Sunday morning class this morning wasn't as crowded, but I emailed back and pointed out that if you want to attend 3x/wk and never go two days in a row, you can't go on Sunday unless they add Tuesday/Thursday classes. OK, I'm rambling now...basically the point of this blog was to vent about how disappointed I am that my gym has closed. The new location has nicer locker rooms and is actually a little bit closer to my house, but the old location had better ellipticals, a MUCH bigger studio with more classes, and, as I mentioned two posts ago, the most amazing instructor who I really really really hope starts teaching at my new location!
As I write all this, my husband and in-laws are laying flooring in my kitchen. I am acting like a princess not helping them!! I am no good at that kind of stuff, though. I think I'll go rake the lawn instead. :)
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
There is an instructor at my gym who is totally awesome. :) She teaches Body Combat and Body Pump, and she is so motivating, friendly, and always totally on with her cueing. She's also perfectly fit and gorgeous. I always attend her classes, and when I find out she's subbing for someone else, I rearrange my schedule to attend! Do I have my first ever girl crush? Haha. Anyway, after spending 5:30-7:30 in her classes this evening, I finally went up to her and introduced myself. I've been taking classes from her since I joined this gym in March, and figured it was about time she knew my name. She was totally bubbly and appreciative when I told her she was one of the best instructors I've ever had, and she told me that I looked like I was getting really fit and muscular. I told her that I've gained weight lately, and that for me it's all about counting calories, and she did give me some advice, but nothing I haven't heard before: avoid extremes, let yourself eat that cookie if you want it (um...had four today, oops), 80 percent nutrition/20 percent exercise, muscle weighs more than fat. Yeah...I know that...I wish I knew how SHE eats. She has what to me is the ideal perfect shape. But I didn't ask.
Anyway, I was just feeling all warm and fuzzy from having that conversation and felt like sharing. I hope all of you get to experience an awesome fitness instructor too. It makes such a positive difference. :)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
This is my gorgeous hubby looking slightly less gorgeous than normal with our new shop vac:
I'm rinsing down the built-in book case just before I put the first coat of white paint on it. I'm also very happy that horrible shade of red is GONE from my home! (PS - I don't think I look TOO overweight here.) :)
This is my cutiepie screwing "buttons" into the drywall on the stair ceiling to prevent even more of it from falling down than what already has!
My MIL. She's a great painter.
That bookcase I was about to paint white a few pictures ago? Here's the after (never mind the horrible kitchen in the background!)
My honey's plumber butt. :) And the wider opening in the bookcase is where we're going to put our flatscreen TV:
Another yellow family room shot. That exterior door has since been replaced by something much prettier:
My MIL again, doing what she does best! This is, of course, our front door/steps:
Painting the dining room ceiling was a b*tch! And look how dirty the ceiling was before the paint! We still haven't agreed about a light to put there...we have two here...I don't like either one of them.
Dining room, post-wallpaper, pre-paint:
My BIL looking way too excited taking off ugly old floor tiles in the kitchen:
Look at how disgusting my kitchen is! :)
Me painting the kitchen cabinets. We're not going to keep them, but until we can afford new ones these needed paint to be sanitary enough to use:
More of me painting the cabinets. Here you can see our new kitchen lighting...and old everything else!
I did not like painting the dining room ceiling.
Here we both look frustrated because we're getting gray paint all over the white trim.
A rare shot of the man behind all the renovation work, my FIL. Here he is adding "picture frame" molding in our dining room. It looks fantastic. Oh, and he didn't know he was having his picture taken.
My MIL surprised us the other day by removing the kitchen wallpaper!
Friday, October 21, 2011
I decided that today was as good a day as any to track my calories, even though I haven't been on a roll with that lately. I think for me a good way to get back on track might be to allow myself to eat whatever I want, but track it. After a few days of that, I can start to tweak here and there to get the totals down, but first I have to re-establish the habit of simply keeping track.
Here are a couple pictures from my dad's birthday party.
This is my husband and me. He forgot to smile.
This is my dad and me, plus Teddy the Maltese and an Oreo birthday cake. And you also get to see the yellow color we picked for our family room. The room is not finished yet, as you can probably tell in the picture.
Happy Friday everyone!
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