Before school started I was thinking about how great it would be to have "free time" all day to do all the things I want and need to do: finish tasks around the house, shop, prep veggies, cook, clean, go to the Farmer's Market, walk both dogs, spend time with the kitty, set up weekend projects, teach my son to drive, finish and paint my home gym, workout at home and at the 'other' gym, go swimming, go to club meetings, train my competition dog in new venues, go to parks, finish photo albums, etc. And all of this plus I was hoping to have a new job as well (which hasn't panned out yet but still may). Guess what? I am *busier* now than I was in the summer! I guess every year my selective memory gets super excited for a "free" summer with kids home, and then summer is very busy and I get excited for a "free" fall with kids in school! Reality is, I'm always busy! And that's okay. It's the price of having a rich life and being a Mom.
I've been going to the gym and strength training on the weight circuit (3 sets of 12-15 reps) and love it! I have an appointment with a personal trainer this week who can show me some other machines to add to my routine and make sure I am doing the movements correctly. I think that will give me the confidence to come home and put together a similar home routine with the machine and free weights I have here, for when my gym membership ends. There are good things about the membership (feeling like I *have to* go because I paid for it; personal trainer; nice people; pool) but I am kind of a homebody at heart and I think I'd rather eventually do my lifting at home, where I don't have to wait my turn to use the machines. We'll see. I still have lots of time left on the membership and I am definitely using it. I like the pool but not as much as I thought I would. There's often little kids having swimming lessons in there (individual, so they are no on the schedule) and sometimes home schooled kids splashing around, but I can still swim on the other side of the pool. I am not a fan of locker rooms either. Reminds me of PE in middle school. And really I love swimming *so much more* when my kids are with me. I miss them when I am at the gym! I miss them when I am at home, too. Especially my little girl.
I also miss feeling thin. I miss looking in the mirror and being shocked at how great I look. I need to burn off about 30 pounds to get back to that state. Lifting weights and the kind of swimming I do (I am not very fast) may not be enough. I think a little bike time in the evenings may be in order.
Looking forward to fall and the leaves! How about you?
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