Thursday, May 14, 2009

Solution Found!

Thank you all SO MUCH for the home gym suggestions on my last post! I really needed some "fresh eyes" to look at the situation and give me some new brain seeds.

I've decided to go ahead and divide the family room into two sections: one with TV, couch, video games for the kids, and the other side with weights, bike, and a smaller TV/DVD player for me. I *love* the divider idea. I also love the "lock the weights in a trunk" idea! Why I didn't think of that, I don't know! But it's great because I have a *lot* of children from age 2 through 17 coming through my home and while I am almost always with the smaller ones, I don't want any older ones messing around dropping weights on themselves or on the tile floor either. So I will lock the hand weights in a trunk (I already have a trunk!) and I am going to find a way to lock the Home Gym system from use when I am not present. I think I can use a bike lock or something similar that will prevent the stacks from being used. I can definitely teach my own kids not to mess with it... and tell my 3-year-old it is a "danger" area (she is obedient like that). But I want it safe for other people's kids too who sometimes wander through the house and might not be as safe. So the locks solve that issue. I am so excited to set this up! I've been wanting to do this for ten years but have let fear and indecision stop me all this time. Now that I have decided and am not afraid anymore, I am VERY ready to get working on this! So thank you! When it's all set up I will take a picture and post it on my blog.

Today I am doing the usual PMS/migraine struggle. I feel nauseous and literally wish I could lock myself in a room all day and ignore the world, but that isn't going to happen. At least I know it will be over in a day or so. Anyway, I think I will try to write something more coherent later today or tomorrow if I feel better.

Have a super day!

16 comments:

Karyn said...

I'm so glad you've found a solution! I'm excited for you and can't wait to see the pictures!

Carol said...

Maybe instead of telling your older kids that it's a "hands off" area, you should show them how to properly use the equipment and encourage their physical activity.

skinnyhollie said...

Thanks Lyn! You have inspired me to set up my own home gym in my garage. My elliptical is already down there, but there is so much junk and "other" stuff, I can't even unfold it!

I have been "planning" to clean out the garage for the past few months since I moved in, so now I'm going to do it! I think it will be there perfect area with a concrete floor where I can not only do elliptical, but can also do dvd's or free-weights. Thanks for the idea!

Chubby Chick said...

Great solution! I am SO excited for you! This is a great step in the right direction... and I KNOW you are going to benefit tremendously! And... I can't wait to see a pic when you get it all set up!

I hope you feel better soon! Try to get some rest and take it easy. I know... that is next to impossible. But try! hehe

:)

Anonymous said...

Great!
Sounds like a super solution!

Marie

Fat[free]Me said...

That sounds just great! I am excited to see how it looks now!

antgirl said...

Glad you figured it out. Hope you feel better.

HiddenJewel said...

Lyn, you've probably had PMS discussions here before but let me just add my two cents worth, K? There were two things that really helped ease my symptoms- cutting WAY back on my sodium intake and cutting out caffeine. Hope you feel better soon!

Mama Bear June said...

Awesome solutions! I couldn't even think of anything to suggest. I guess it's been too long since I had to worry about little ones getting into stuff.
Path to Health

Lynn Haraldson-Bering said...

Lyn, I'm sorry you're feeling so bad, babe. Hopefully your plan will keep your spirits up. It's a good one! Enjoy your workout space. We all need a "room of one's own."

Mike579 said...

Think about locking the gym door as well.

Betsey C. said...

Good for you! Your enthusiasm is infectuous. I can't wait to see the results, and it will be so nice for you to have your own little nook of space.

taleofafatty said...

Sounds like you have it all figured out! I wish my kids were obedient like that - none of them are lol. I have 3, ages 1,4, and 5. Fun times ;). Good luck with your workout area!

Juice said...

Can't wait to see photos! Glad you found a solution. :)

Anonymous said...

I have to second the comment that I am not sure why you are so against your older kids using the equipment. I can understand if you don't want their friends using it because of liability issues... but as the first commenter observed... If they don't learn to exercise now and make it a habit now (versus the video games) are you setting them up for a life of battling their weight too?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I never said I was against my older kids using the weights. I am against them using them around young kids unsupervised.

As for me "setting them up" to battle their weight, that's a huge assumption on your part. All five of my children are active. I've had them all in team sports from the age of 3, and thankfully, none of them are overweight, and all are active and fit. I'm proud of *not* having passed on my bad habits to my children, and I am so thankful for each of them :)