Home away from home

On average I travel to my home away from home four or five times a week. I have to admit I feel a little lost when I do not get in ny car and drive towards Snap Fitness in Kingsport.

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Snap Fitness Kingsport

My day does not feel complete without the gym. It’s true, working out becomes a way of life, becomes an obsession, becomes second nature. I know I’ve said this a million times before, but it’s my stress reliever, it’s my me time, my breath of fresh air when the stress becomes too much.

Today for the majority of my workout I had the entire gym to myself, which I won’t lie, I absolutely loved. I definitely got lost in my music a little more than usual as the tunes streamed through Pandora and into my ears. Shuffle mode kept all the right music flowing today. Although I was looking at the flat screen in front of me,  I couldn’t tell you what I was watching. Today’s workout completely cleansed my soul …

More times than not people start going to the gym because they want to improve their body. Yes, that was true for me at the beginning, but now it’s more to keep me going. Yes, I would love to continue to make some improvements. But, I try not to get upset when I don’t see the instant or gradual improvements. It’s just motivation to do a little more the next time I walk through the doors.

Today, instead of running I did 5 miles on the elliptical and about 7 miles on the bike, with some weight exercises in-between. Oh, the stretching felt wonderful after today’s line-up.

So, after I left I treated myself to a delicious smoothie when I got home. It was a tasty, filling post workout snack.

The best part about the gym, is every day is a new day, which only allows you to push yourself a little more, as well as set new goals.

Endless doubles

Jason took on a second job this week, which I’m thankful for because every little bit helps, but I sure do miss him already.

Now he is working multiple doubles in a row, yep leaving early in the morning and coming home hours after the sun goes down.

Before we moved to Tennessee he worked two jobs, gone from early morning to late at night, so I know just how hard it is going to be with him working so much. The doubles went on for quite a few months while we were saving for the move, so a lot of times I was already asleep before he walked in the door at the end of the night.

IMG_0689With that said, it never gets any easier.

It just reminds me how much I truly love spending time with Jason. When he’s gone I miss him like crazy, which only makes me more excited when he walks through the door smiling, thankful for his day to finally be over.

Although my workload can become extremely intense at times, I have the benefit of working from home. So if I need a 10 or 15 minute break I walk downstairs and breath before going back to work. Before this week, a lot of times Jason was at home. Yep I was a little spoiled.  It’s nice when Jason is home because every once in a while he’ll pop into my office as well!

Today he came home between his shifts, a short visit, but one that I truly loved. It’s always a great surprise when he does that. Today when he walked through the door I was asleep on the couch, what better way to wake up from a nap? It was great seeing him!

He’s been calling me more throughout the day when he has a moment, which is beyond thoughtful. I love hearing his voice, much better than a text.

So, after he left today it gave me the motivation to get up and go to the gym. I’m so glad I did. I kicked off my workout with the elliptical, a cardio workout that has always been challenging for me. Today I did five miles and boy did I feel every single mile once I finished. After doing my two and a half minutes of cool down, I did some stretching. This has become one of my favorite parts of my workout. I started using exercise cables to stretch my legs and it has made a huge difference. My hamstrings are always really tight, so I’m trying to find ways to loosen them up. Yesterday I ran a mile and a half, stopped and stretched and ran another mile. I felt great after I was done.

After my stretching today, I worked out my legs, yep even did the dreaded squats before finishing off my workout with another run.

Well that motivation continued after I left the gym. I stopped at the grocery store and filled the cart with a few things I know Jason loves. One of those items was blueberry muffins. I waited to make them, so they would come out of the oven around the time he came home. So they would be hot out of the oven. Unfortunately he called just a few minutes after I took them out saying he was going to be much later.  I also bought a frozen pizza for him, one of his favorite dinners. I figure it’s the least I can do after he works all day long.

That’s why this all works, we are a team, always doing for one another to make life a little easier for each other.

Finally returned

Today, after taking 11 days off from the gym, I finally returned.

I had to listen to my body, as well as Jason telling me to take care of myself after I came down with a wicked cold and cough. My first sickness of the winter season and boy it was no fun. Well, it still is no fun as I try to get rid of the last of this horrible cough and runny nose.

So today after giving myself some time to recover, I laced up my running shoes and hit the gym. Yes, something I have been wanting to do for quite some time now. But, sometimes the best thing you can do is listen to your body tell you it’s just not time yet.

I felt like I was home again when my key gave me the green light to enter the gym this afternoon. I instantly got on the treadmill and ran a mile and a half, which actually wasn’t all that rough considering. It felt good to sweat off some of this sickness that uninvitingly took a hold of my body. After doing a little bit of weights, careful not to overdo it, I then did a little over six miles on the bike.

Overall I was pretty happy with what I achieved with not feeling 100% yet.

Yep, I will be returning again tomorrow and hopefully get back on schedule. I have to take baby steps first . . . I don’t want this sickness to come back before it fully goes away.

I feel refreshed and the best part is I am feeling a little better.

Berry goodness

After my workout at the gym this morning, I decided to make myself a smoothie.

So far the best one I have made.

I poured frozen mixed berries – strawberries, blueberries and blackberries – into the blender. I then cut up a banana and threw that in as well. If that wasn’t enough I poured orange juice into the mix and then scooped Chobani Greek blackberry yogurt into it before putting the lid on. A perfect drink to have after doing cardio – running and the elliptical. The best part is I’m feeling full and satisfied.

I love having Snap Fitness right up the street from where we live. I’m finding myself going as much as possible . . . even if I can only fit in some cardio for the day. I wake up thinking about gym and go to sleep thinking of what I’m going to workout the next day – yep the addiction is back.

Now that my workout is done and my drink is finished, it’s time to start writing again.

It’s going to be another great day!

Six days in a row

To say I jumped back into my gym routine is an understatement.

I’m proud of myself for going six days in a row! I have gone at all different times throughout the week and I have to say early morning and mid afternoon are my favorite.

I’ve done both cardio – running and the elliptical – and various free weights and machine exercises … I feel incredible. With that said, my body is sore, but hey that only reminds me of what I worked out.

Some of the exercises I used to do with mom at our gym in Fort Myers are slowly coming back. I hope more does. Mom always came up with some good sets that pushed us to our limits.

I guess I forgot how nice it was to do more than just cardio. I’ve noticed with lifting weights my cardio has increased.

My stamina is finally improving on the elliptical. Yesterday I reached a new level, surpassed my other workouts on the elliptical, which made me feel incredible. Yep, I’m always setting new goals for myself! 

Today I was at the gym all by myself. It was really nice, I had every piece of workout equipment to myself. I did my cardio and then used some new equipment, which I will have to use again when I workout my back next time.

Now I know when Jason is at work on the weekends I should head to the gym. I must be the only crazy one who works out on Saturday and Sunday.

The gym has definitely helped me this week. I’m really glad it’s a part of my life again. It’s an outlet I really needed, one I really enjoy.

Although I miss meeting mom at the gym in the wee hours of the morning, I’m glad I’m doing it on my own!

Back at it again

After taking some more time off, unwanted time at that, I finally decided to join a gym!

I researched some gyms in the area and decided to join Snap Fitness, a place right up the street from where we live in Kingsport. It’s a new gym, only been open for the past few months. It’s affordable, open 24-hours and has some nice features. I walked around and was sold – this will be my destination for the next year.

Tuesday morning was the day, the day I laced up my shoes and drove to the gym. I cannot begin to explain how good it felt to workout in an actual gym again, one with new equipment.

I’ve been using the gyms at the clubhouses in the complex we have lived at for the past year and a half. Why pay for a membership, when I can workout for free? Well yesterday answered my question, gyms have much better equipment and atmosphere.

The feeling too, the feeling of working out with others, even though we are all doing our own thing, only motivates me more during my workout. Everyone seems to always be happy while at a gym, which is kind of what I experienced today.

I left the gym with a huge smile on my face, and a little sore from some of the exercises I did yesterday.

This afternoon after I met all my deadlines I got ready for the gym again. All my frustrations of the day were left on the treadmill after my run, as well as the elliptical after an incredible workout. I felt completely refreshed. Yep, working out is supposed to be a part of my life. 

When I got home and climbed the stairs to take a shower I felt every muscle I worked out, walking back down the stairs was a little more intense … love the feeling of being sore, it means I did something.

I can’t wait to go back tomorrow.

Feeling fantastic

Today’s my third day in a row at the gym, which is a huge accomplishment considering how I let it go by the wayside for too long.

I’m feeling fantastic … and my body is thanking me for the exercise.

My running has improved everyday, as well as my time. It’s truly amazing how quickly your body can fall out of shape if you stop training on a regular basis. It feels wonderful to be running again. I find that I am pushing myself to its limits again, trying to better my workout from the day before. I love the challenge, it only increases my excitement of working out the next day.

I have also included the elliptical in my workout, as well, this go around. That machine has always got the best of me, which I am determined to change. It really works you out, which I’m starting to love. I decided to start with just one mile this week every day. Next week I will increase the distance and hopefully my time.

I have also thrown the stationary bike into my routine, so to say my body is getting a good cardio workout is an understatement.

I have to say I love working from home again doing a ton of freelance work. It’s nice having my own schedule, so I can workout again.

Three weeks later

One of the many sayings that graced the gym walls.

One of the many sayings that graced the gym walls.

Today, after taking three weeks off from working out, I walked to the clubhouse, up the stairs and directly to the bike to begin a routine that I had unfortunately grown out of for multiple reasons.It felt wonderful as I pedaled away, at a more rapid speed than ever before, listening to songs that one after another encouraged me to continue. Once I finished more than 14 miles in a record time, I stretched and headed straight to the treadmill to run, something that I have missed tremendously. A mile went by as the tunes were pumping into my ears and I decided to call it a day.

After all, that was a lot of miles after taking so much time off . . .

The stretching that took place once all the cardio was completed felt incredible . . . I did not realize how tight I actually was.

Due to our recent move, getting ready for the move and dealing with all of the emotions that came with it, I put exercising off to the side, something I of course regretted after I fell into stride today. Exercising became a part of me years ago, and today reminded me once again why it should continue.

With hiking trails only miles away, trails that are a lot more rigorous than I have ever experienced, it is a must to stay in shape, so I am not huffing and puffing climbing the hills to get to the top.

Exercise is such a great outlet, such a wonderful way to provide yourself with some “me” time, which only rejuvenates you for what the rest of the day will hold.