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House hunting....and gym hunting


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Man what a day! I drove about 200 miles all over northern Virginia looking at all sorts of houses. It really is amazing to see the differences between what people advertise and what their homes really look like...even when they post pictures!

But I've got a couple of good prospects and a bunch more to see Thursday & Friday, so I'm pretty sure I'll have a lease signed before flying back home on Saturday.

It really is a nice part of the country though! There's tons of civilization! The Florida Emerald Coast is beautiful, with white, sugary sand and emerald green water....but beyond that, it's a little sleepy.

Three blocks from my hotel is a Wegman's grocery....it makes Whole Foods look like K-Mart!



I went there for lunch AND dinner in between house hunting. It was amazing! First of all it was great to have a whole bunch of nice fresh salad fixins, to include roasted broccoli (it was seriously amazing!), a nice pico de gallo to put on the salad with some olive oil (who needs dressing!), and a hot bar with some choice selections of tandoori chicken, masala tilapia (say that 3 times fast!), and assorted other ethnic cuisines....double yum!




So I was glad I could at least eat right on the road.

The hotel I'm staying at has the standard cruddy fitness center with a squeaky elliptical and a geriatric stair-climber. Luckily they also have an arrangement with a gym half a mile down the road for free visits, so I went there early in the morning for some cardio, then went back around 8:00 PM to lift.

It was packed both times! I am used to my gym thinning out around 6:00 PM, hence my surprise (remember what I said about it being sleepy hollow in Florida though). Apparently, with civilization comes over-population as well.

I figured since we're moving, I might as well see how I can lift heavy on my own without Stasi the trainer guy. It actually went pretty well. Once I got to the heavy sets, I knew enough to eye-ball the few who knew what they were doing and asked them to spot me so I wouldn't crush myself doing bench presses...it's always awkward to be the new guy at the gym who has the bar fall on him during his first visit!

It all went well. I didn't set any records, but I basically repeated my last few heavy workouts within a rep or 2 each set. But man it seemed like there were people stacked left and right waiting for squat racks & benches.

Which makes me wonder if I just need to find a house with a large basement or a large open area so I can finally build my own home gym.....hmmmm, this could be a good move after all!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 5/19/2013 10:17PM

    I was introduced to Wegman's in January when visiting my son in MD. Awesome store! It's my son's 'candy store'. He is an amazing cook. I am back visiting, but we did not have the time to return to Wegman's this time around.
Good luck with your house hunting. Does the wife get to help choose?

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/19/2013 9:39AM

    Food looks amazing and VA was seriously packed with people when we lived near DC 15 years ago...can't imagine how crowded things are now!

Good luck with the move and for being such a great example of "no excuses"

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BERGBA7 5/17/2013 3:03PM

    Yep - to get your own gym would be awsome! On the other had... you would need to find a Stasi-trainer that comes to your home gym!
I hope you find a great place to live!
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HEALTHIERKEN 5/17/2013 12:05PM

    wow! Excitement. You've probably found the dream home with gym and pool by now . emoticon

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IRISHBEANERGAL 5/16/2013 1:50PM

    Sounds like a productive trip! You should ask your current trainer for a recommendation in the area you move too - who knows, he may have a Russian cousin LOL!

yeah, the gym gets crowded early - you may have to search. But nice gym work on the road!

~Irish

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/16/2013 8:18AM

    Yeah, but who would spot you in your basement gym?? mmmmm?? I love that area of the country.. good folk and beautiful countryside.. that grocery store looks ah-may-zing! And good on you for getting your sweat on while on the road (which is easier said than done)... nice job!
Annie

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BBECKER1955 5/16/2013 6:42AM

    Love Wegman's! When I was still on the road, I use to stop there instead of a restaurant for dinner. Good luck with the house hunting.


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