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.

Second day in a row

Once again I needed a break from writing articles, so I did what helps the most … went for a run.

Yep, did it again, took another 12 seconds off my run. I have set another goal for myself, which I am nearing. I keep wanting to perfect and subtract from my initial best time, which I feel I am successfully doing.

My legs feel good even though I ran at a faster rate. The stretches afterwards felt incredible!

When I work six days in a row trying to pump out article after article, I have to try and find outlets that will help keep my sanity. Well needless to say, running is one of those outlets because it takes me away from my work and clears my head. This form of exercise helps with my stress level.

Now all I have to do is get through the rest of the day, so I can enjoy a much needed mental break from work tomorrow.

Here is to another great day …

Second from goal

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I took three more seconds off my run … which leaves me with only one more second to wipe out to achieve my goal.

My run was exhilarating this morning as I ran at a faster speed. As we legs became tired I pressed on as I knew I was nearing the finish. The best part was walking during my cool down as I brought my breathing back to normal, as well as stretching when I was done.

What a great way to kick off a day off from work.