Happy 3rd Birthday, Mini Athlete! {The Athlete Family Does Disney…Again!)

My little guy turned three on June 1. Can you believe it?!?

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Some of you have been reading since I announced my pregnancy with him. You followed my journey to motherhood, tweeted with me during labor, and encouraged me in my journey to run my first half marathon just 8 months after he was born.

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HE IS 3.

Where does the time go?

When we purchased our tickets for Disney earlier this year, we took advantage of the Florida Resident 3-Day Pass. We spent a day at Animal Kingdom and a day at Magic Kingdom and then had one more day to use before June 6. The Mini Athlete’s birthday fell on a Sunday, just before that deadline. We decided to forego a “birthday party” this year, and spend another day at the Magic Kingdom to celebrate. Not a bad trade, right?

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Honestly, we were little nervous about going back since our first experience had been so awesome. Could we ever top that?

Turns out that yes, yes we could.

Thank you, Mickey Mouse for making my son’s birthday by singing him Happy Birthday. For real. The mouse now talks and sings. And it’s amazing. Especially when you are 3.

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The whole day was just awesome. We live about two hours away from Disney (give or take depending on traffic) so we decided to hit the road EARLY on Sunday morning. We woke the kids up and were in the car by 6am. Awesome. I was so proud of us.

We got to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom parking lot 40 minutes before it opened. WE PARKED IN THE THIRD ROW OF THE PARKING LOT. I have NEVER parked that close! It was awesome. No tram ride needed. Just a short walk with the stroller. This was definitely awesome at the end of the day too!

We got through the Ticket and Transportation Center with ease and got through the gates at Disney – and then we waited. We didn’t mind too much though, since we found a shady spot under a tree with a great view for THIS!

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Yep, about 20 minutes before the gates open, the Disney cast of characters performs a Welcome Show. We loved it! It’s a great way to see basically ALL the characters, and makes it easier if you don’t get a chance to see them later. (Yes, Ana and Elsa, I’m talking to you.)

Since we had just been at Disney a few weeks ago, we were able to strategize where to spend our time. Last time we were here, there were 7 people in our group who all (understandably) had their own wish list of what they wanted to do. This time? It was all about the kiddos.

We didn’t even go into Adventure Land or Frontier Land on this visit. We were all about Fantasyland and a little bit of Tomorrowland. And we had a blast.

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When you get into the park when it opens, the lines are SHORT. (Unless you’re in the line for the Frozen girls or the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.) Dumbo? Tea Cups? Carousel? No problem.

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By 10am, we had been on at least 5 rides and had met 4 characters. No, I’m not kidding. It was awesome. We figured that anything else we go to do during the day would be gravy. The day was a little overcast with some rain threatening so I think that helped keep some crowds away. We did have two rain showers, but we came prepared. No biggie. During one of the showers, Mini Athlete and I were in line for Enchanted Tales with Belle (while the Little Miss slept in the stroller under an awning that Daddy had found) and the other quick little rainstorm happened while we were meeting this princess (who is rocking some serious tan lines.)

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By about 4pm, we realized we had done everything we wanted to do. We were all still in good spirits, and had only spent the $17 on parking, and about $8 on a lunch we all shared (in addition to the lunch and snacks I had packed in our backpack). We decided to get out while things were still magical. Why push to the bitter end? We had done everything we wanted to do and had an AWESOME time celebrating the Mini Athlete’s birthday.

No meltdowns. No fights. No whining (really!).

We gave each other high fives as we walked toward the exit. “We won, Disney!” we said. And we really felt like we did.

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What an awesome day. What an awesome family. What an awesome little guy.

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Have you ever skipped the traditional “birthday party”? What did you do instead?

 

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To the Class of 2014…

I graduated 13 years ago. You were in kindergarten. Let’s move past that and pretend I’m still close to young enough to have something relevant to say…okay?

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Give me just a few minutes and I’ll keep this simple. I promise.

It all comes down to this: Live your life for something that will outlast it.

Let’s face it – you’re 18 years old, feeling pretty invincible. I know. I’ve been there, remember? It may have been 13 years ago, but I remember that feeling. Screw the odds! They’re always in my favor. I can do anything or be anything I want to be. The world is ahead of me, just waiting for me to show up.

(Spoiler alert: It’s not. But don’t let that dampen your day.)

Yes, your whole life is ahead of you. Yes, I still believe you can do anything or be anything you want to be. But here’s the question – will it matter?

I think at our very core, all of us want to live a life of significance. We want our life to count for something. We want to matter.

I heard this quote a few years ago and it quite literally rocked my world,

“My greatest fear is not that I won’t be successful; it’s that I will be successful at something that doesn’t matter.”

Never before (and probably never since) had a quote so perfectly encapsulated my feelings. I wanted my life to matter. I wanted to make a difference. Who doesn’t?

So then here comes the inevitable question, “What is my purpose?” or “What is God’s plan for my life?” or the classic, “Why am I here?”

Trust me, kids. People have been having those mid-life crises for generations. And I’m not here to answer that for you. Sorry.

It’s time to stop looking at life with such a wide angle lens or broad brush. It’s time to start looking at life as it really is: a series of small moments, tiny choices and seemingly insignificant decisions that add up to make your existence and its relative significance (or insignificance).

Life is all about noticing the opportunities to matter in the minutiae of our daily interactions. It is being aware of the people around you. It’s about doing something that matters in those small opportunities – not waiting for the big “find your purpose” moments. Because if you don’t make the most of those small opportunities, those big moments will never come.

If you want to live your life for something that will outlast it, start with people. People matter. It is our relationships with people that ultimately lead to a life of significance. Think back to the people in your own life who have impacted you in the most significant ways. Was it a teacher? A coach? A mentor? Maybe the student who greeted you with a smile when you were nervous on your first day of school?

You don’t have to go into teaching or social work to make a difference in the lives of people. You don’t have to be a pastor or some great humanitarian who opens orphanages in third world countries.

No matter where you end up, every day you will have the chance to interact with people. You may never see that person again. But they were put in your path for a reason.

Aim to be the type of person who matters because he or she made other people feel like they matter. Because they do. 

Will you be successful? I hope so. But success is only worthwhile if it matters. Live a life that matters. Take advantage of the small opportunities to let others know that that they matter. Hold the door for someone. Go out of your way to help someone. Send a birthday card – in the mail. The old fashioned way. Have time to listen when someone needs to talk. Give hugs. Ask someone how they’re doing – and really listen to their answer.

Show grace when people don’t deserve it. Give gifts to people when they haven’t earned it. There is an old phrase that says, “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” You never know how seemingly insignificant act of kindness can make a difference for someone in the midst of a battle.

Live for your life for something that will outlast it.

Live a life of significance.

Live a life that matters.

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What Being “Pro-Woman” Means to Me

[Confession: I posted this last night and then got cold feet. So I took it down. I found myself worrying about what people might say, what people might think. I forgot that some of you would still read it in your Google Reader or on Feedly. A few of you asked me why I took it down. The bottom line? Fear. But sometimes the things we are the most afraid to say are the things we most need to say. So it's back. Here goes nothing...]

Disclaimer: I know I’m wading into pretty murky waters here by bringing up a very sensitive topic. My intent is not to shame, judge or offend ANYONE. At all. No matter what views you might hold. I respect opinions that differ from my own – I would ask for the same respect in return. My goal is simply to encourage all of us to think about a divisive topic a little…differently. 

I’ve always considered myself to be pro-woman. Maybe it was because I grew up in a family of four girls, or maybe it was because I always believed women could do anything they wanted to do. Typical gender stereotypes? No thank you. It never occurred to me that there was something I couldn’t do just because I was a woman. And I still feel that way.

As a college student at the University of North Carolina, this deeply held belief began to manifest itself in my course selections. I loved taking Women’s Studies courses. I loved empowering other women to achieve their dreams – and learning about those strong women who had led the way.

One of the classes I took was called, “Women in Latin America”. In that class, I wrote a research paper and my thesis came down to this – women in Latin America needed increased access to abortion services as a means to overcome their circumstances and achieve “reproductive freedom.” What could be more empowering than that?

My professor wrote a comment at the end of my paper that said, “I wish you would have talked about the reasons WHY women have abortions.”

I didn’t know it then, but that comment would prove to be prophetic in my life.

When I wrote that paper, I never considered why a woman might find herself feeling like abortion is her best or only option. Quite frankly, I had never talked to anyone who had had an abortion. But being a strong woman who wanted to empower women meant supporting whatever they decided to do with a pregnancy…right?

As I look back at that paper now, I realize that not only did I leave out any of the reasons why a woman might have an abortion, I also gave absolutely no mention of the life (or what we all must agree is at the very least a “potential life”) that would be lost. It’s much easier to think about these things in terms of “freedom” and “empowerment” – or at least it was for me.

But then I talked to a close friend who revealed she had an abortion while in college. Through her tears, she said, “I just wish I had had someone to talk to…but at the time, it felt like life was in fast forward. I didn’t know what else to do. I just had to make it go away.” But for her, the memory never went away. It still hasn’t. Every time she looks at her three children, she thinks about the other one that could have been. That should have been.

Then I began to learn of stories of other women who had abortions – not because of an empowering “choice”, but because people in their lives made them feel like they had no other option. Boyfriends pressuring them to abort. Husbands driving them to the abortion clinic. Parents telling them they were ruining their lives. Far from being a liberating ideal, it was a victimization of sorts. A power play used against them.

I began to talk to women who deeply regret their abortions. I spoke to women who were never able to bear children once they were “ready” because their uterus was too scarred by the abortion doctor’s knife. I spoke to other women who recalled their abortion and told me, “I always wonder who it might have been.”

I spoke to my OB/GYN who told me how many women break down in her office and cry when they see an ultrasound of their “wanted baby” and realize exactly what they had decided to “terminate” in a previous pregnancy. “I’m talking about smart, educated women,” she told me. Women who were probably made to feel that they had to choose between their education and their career – or their child.

I talked to a psychologist who said to me, “I’ve never counseled a woman who decided against having an abortion – but I’ve counseled women for decades because they regret their abortion.”

And I began to wonder…is abortion the best we can do for women?

Statistics say that 1 in 3 women will have an abortion by the time she is 45. Maybe it’s time to start asking the question – why? Why are so many women finding themselves in a place where they feel like abortion is their best or only option?

Why is there so little support for pregnant students on college campuses? Why should women have to choose between their education and their baby?

Why aren’t we spending our time and energies on better options and choices for mothers – better maternity leave, better childcare options, better access to maternal and prenatal health services?

Why do so many women later say that the reason they had an abortion was a “lack of resources and support”? Why isn’t providing them with those resources and support the rallying cry of women?

I now work for an organization whose vision is “to end the demand for abortion in our community by meeting the needs of those we serve.” Every woman’s story is different. Every woman considering having an abortion has her own unique set of reasons. But there are many common threads – and they usually come down to fear, feeling alone, or feeling like they are without options. Some of those fears are internal – but some are the result of very real external pressures.

A friend of mine from law school told me that she was on partner track at her law firm. She and her husband were married, and happy to find out they were pregnant. A partner at her law firm told her she should have an abortion because it was too early in her career for her to have a baby. In my opinion, there is nothing, absolutely nothing pro-woman about that.

I firmly believe that no woman should ever feel so alone or so without options that she feels like abortion is her only choice. Maybe it’s time for us as women to come alongside other women and love them, support them, and empower them – not to end the life within them, but to create a world that has room for them both.

Maybe it’s time to re-define what it means to be “pro-woman”.

(It’s important for you to know that if you have had an abortion, I recognize that I don’t know or understand the particular circumstances you were facing at that time. But I’m willing to listen and I would love to hear your story. There is no judgment here. Please feel free to email me – I’d love to learn more about you.)

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Family Beach Day!

Our lives seem to be exceptionally busy…and weekends are usually no reprieve. There is always somewhere to go, something to do. But this morning? We had nothing on the agenda. We live 2.6 miles from the beach – why not have a spontaneous family day with our toes in the sand?

Well…all except Little Miss who wanted her feet nowhere close to the sand, no matter how much effort it took.

(She literally hung out in this position for several minutes, with her feet suspended in the air, until my husband laid out the towel for us to sit on. Hilarious.)

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These photos (from a friend who happened to be at the same beach at the same time – don’t you love a small town?) make me realize that I need to spend a lot more time with my “real camera” instead of relying on the convenience of my cell phone camera. Anyone else in that boat?

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They tried to get Little Miss to join them…

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But she was far more interested in just laying back and relaxing in the sun. beachday7

Could there be a better view for naptime?

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What an awesome morning. It’s such a reminder to take advantage of the beautiful things around us that we often take for granted.

What is something near you that you have been meaning to do, but never seem to find the time?

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Social Media: A Prideful Existence?

Confession: I’m addicted to social media.

It’s the first thing I check when I wake up. It’s the last thing I look at before I go to bed. If a notification goes off on my phone, I have a near-Pavlovian response about checking it.

Earlier this week, I started to think about why.

I’ve heard of “FOMO” – “Fear Of Missing Out” – that is often attached to social media addiction. It’s the idea that we are afraid if we aren’t always engaged on social media, we will miss something. The truth is, I’ve had FOMO since I was a teenager. Maybe earlier. I didn’t want to miss an event because I thought if I did, everyone would forget about me. Everyone would experience something I didn’t. I hated the idea of missing out.

I still do.

I challenged myself the other day to not check my Facebook newsfeed, my Twitter feed, or Instagram all day. I made it to 8pm – and I was pretty excited about that. (Please note, I have been known to check my Facebook updates at stop lights. Yikes.)

Did I feel like I had missed out on anything? Not at all.

Did I feel less stressed, less anxious and more engaged with those around me? Absolutely.

I realized that I often stress about things people post about or link to that would never cross my radar if I weren’t on social media. Terrible news stories about tragedies. Drama people wouldn’t reveal in person – but tend to online. Political or religious ranting that ruffles my feathers or gives me heartburn. Those things were absent from my day. And it was awesome.

It definitely revealed to me the importance of moderation – and the importance of stepping away.

But it also got me thinking about my motives. As a Christian, my primary goal in life is to know Jesus Christ and make Him known. Everything in my life should point back to that “mission statement”, if you were. And this is the question that hit me…

Is my greatest desire to be known…or to make Him known? Is it to make much of me..or make much of Him? 

And I realized that so much of my motivation for social media is prideful. That’s not to say social media is a bad thing – it can be used in very strong, noble and powerful ways. But if my main intention is to make much of ME, then I have missed an enormous opportunity to make much of HIM.

That doesn’t mean every post needs to be a Bible verse. Not at all. It has less to do with the content, honestly, than the motivation. My goal should always be to point people to Jesus…not to point them to my blog, my Twitter handle, or my Instagram account.

If that is not my motivation, it’s time to step back. To take a deep breath. To remember who I am, and Whose I am. To check my pride at the door. To realize that I won’t miss out. To realize it’s not all about me.

Do you struggle with social media addiction? How have you learned to balance it in your life? 

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My New Workout Routine: Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer

Two weeks have passed since I joined the gym. You might remember that my husband predicted I would quit going after two weeks. I’m still going strong, but a busy life hasn’t let me get there quite as often as I’d like. The biggest thing for me is making it a priority – and making sure I go when I get those rare moments available!

When I joined, I really thought I would be taking advantage of the group fitness classes. But here’s what I’ve found: 1) I can get my workout done a lot faster on my own (important when time is at a premium), and 2) It’s nice being able to whenever I can steal away – which doesn’t always coincide with a class. I did try the “Hip Hop Hustle” class…and confirmed that I still lack rhythm and coordination. It was fun, but probably not really my thing. I’m curious to try one of the kickboxing classes, but I figure I’ll save that for when I need some motivation or a swift kick in the rear.

I did some hunting around for a fitness routine when I first joined the gym. Several people (including Rachel) recommended Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer. I took a look at it and it appealed to me for several reasons:

1) It focused on strength training which is something I’ve wanted to work on since having my babies (and losing all core strength.)

2) The workouts were things I recognized – bicep curls, squats, leg extensions, etc. If I didn’t recognize the name of a particular move, they had a link to a little video to explain it.I hate when I find workout routines and they’re difficult, complicated moves that I have no idea what to do. These workouts took me back to my high school volleyball days in the weightroom. But as you can see, narrow pushups aren’t happening…yet.

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3) It was 4 days a week. Honestly that was a big one for me. As I’m trying to get back into the routine of working out, having a program that was only 4 days felt very doable. It’s not realistic that I can go every day. It’s just not. But 4 days? I can make that work.

4) IT IS FREE. Yessssss….

So here I am two weeks later and I’m still loving the program.

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It’s simple, straightforward and totally doable. Yes, there are days some of the grunting men in the free weights section annoy me. But that’s okay – that area belongs to me just as much as it belongs to them. And I can already feel the changes in my body. Oh and I’m teaching my kiddos how to be strong too. “Look! It’s like you do, Mommy!”

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If you’re looking for a new routine, I definitely recommend checking this one out. (No, I’m not getting paid or perked to write about this – I’m just really enjoying it and thought you might too!) And keep me posted on your progress – it’s always better when you’re not doing it alone! :)

Have you ever tried weight training? If not, why not?

 

 

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Disney With Toddlers: Exploring Animal Kingdom (Part 2)

My family visited Walt Disney Wold in April 2014. When we visited Disney, our daughter was 17 months old, and our son was one month shy of his 3rd birthday. We hope this blog series will help other families with toddlers have a great experience at Disney!

In case you missed it, read Part One first! After we left the Nemo Musical, we decided to do a little exploring.

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Little Miss was sound asleep in the stroller, but the Mini Athlete loved seeing all the animals. And Amma loved holding hands with her little exploring buddy.

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About this time, we realized there would be a parade soon. Animal Kingdom does their parade around 3:30pm and it’s great to claim your real estate along the parade route early – especially if you want shade and a front row seat! (Note: The parade route at Animal Kingdom was not NEARLY as crowded as it was at Magic Kingdom the next day, but it’s still nice to have a great spot!)

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We did a little more wandering around and absolutely loved the park. One of the best things The Baby Care Center!

This is SERIOUSLY the best kept secret at Disney. Each park has a Baby Care Center where park guests can take care of their little ones. Need to change a diaper? Need to heat up a bottle? Need to nurse? Need to just cool down? Find the Baby Care Center!

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Forget something? No worries! You can find it in the Baby Care Center (for a Disney price, I’m sure). But it’s nice to know it’s there!

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Just want to cool off for a while? Want to eat a snack? This room was awesome! There was always a movie playing – Disney of course.

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And just look at the awesome changing tables! So much better than using one of the regular restrooms.

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A few other random suggestions:

1) Pack a change of clothes for each child – in a Ziploc Bag. If your child has an accident and you need to change their clothes, you’ll be really happy you have a place to put the dirty clothes.

2) Bring your own water bottles. You can fill them up for free at the water fountains instead of paying for each bottle.

3) Don’t overstay your visit. When your kids are done – leave. It’s not worth it to fight for another hour or two. Keep the magical memory a happy one.

4) Pack snacks. Trust me. You’ll want them and so will your kids. We brought a backpack that had several compartments – perfect for a lunch box, diaper bag and suitcase all in one. :)

5) Go at your kids’ pace. Take it easy, enjoy the day. Celebrate the little things.

6) Get a “First Visit” celebration button – they’re free! We had thought about picking up the button at Guest Relations at the park when we arrived but the line was SOOO long. We were leaving the park and – guess what? No line! We stopped in to get the button and got an even better surprise. Meghan, who was working behind the counter, saw my husband pick up one of our kids and she said, “Are those the little athletes??” I love meeting blog readers in random places! Hi Meghan! :)

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7) Bring your own souvenirs. There are SOOO many fun things to buy at Disney, but it quickly adds up. If your child gets the “gimme’s”, it can make for a really long day. I rounded up all the Disney-themed items we owned and brought them with us – and picked up a few new ones on clearance at Target and other places to surprise the kids with at the parks. Trust me – you can find the same things MUCH cheaper outside the parks!

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What are your best tips for visiting Disney with little ones? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On My 31st Birthday

I turned 31 today.

How did I get that old? Someone recently brought up the fact that I graduated from college 10 years ago. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

Life is flying by.

I don’t know where I thought I’d be by age 31, but this probably isn’t it.

This is so much better.

I spent a lot of years trying to be what I thought everyone else wanted me to be. I spent many years striving, struggling, failing – at least in my own eyes.

With each passing year, I’m finding myself more comfortable being who I am. Being who God created me to be.

Is my life perfect? By no means. But do I feel perfectly content with who I am, where I am, and who I am becoming?

Absolutely.

I’m looking forward to seeing what my 31st year will hold! Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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Disney with Toddlers: Exploring Animal Kingdom (Part One)

My family visited Walt Disney Wold in April 2014. When we visited Disney, our daughter was 17 months old, and our son was one month shy of his 3rd birthday. We hope this blog series will help other families with toddlers have a great experience at Disney!

I posted before about the reasons why we chose to do Animal Kingdom before Magic Kingdom – and I’m so glad we did. For my kids, it was a great introduction to the chaos of the parks and the size of the characters. Animal Kingdom is much less overwhelming and we had an AWESOME day there.

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My first piece of advice? Get there when the park opens and go straight to KilimanjaroSafari. Get a FastPass ahead of time if you can. The animals are the most animated in the morning – and so are your toddlers. My 17 month old may not know who Pocahontas is, but she went crazy when she saw a giraffe. And it was awesome.

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Disney really did this ride right. You drive right through the areas where the animals roam (strategically hiding moats and other barriers that will protect you from the more aggressive ones),   so it is easy to get an up-close look at your toddler’s favorite animals. The ride is just over 20 minutes long, giving them lots of time to gaze at some African animals. Seriously, so cool.

When we left the Safari, we headed over to our next Fast Pass selection – the Outpost where we met Mickey and Minnie Mouse! The Mini Athlete can be a little timid, so my mom suggested buying him an autograph book for them to sign. This would give him a purpose to walk up to the giant characters, since we didn’t think he would be comfortable just going in for a hug. As usual, Amma knew best.

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He was just in awe of Mickey and Minnie. A little hesitant, but totally in awe.

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By that point, it was just past 11am and everyone was getting a little hungry for lunch.  We ate at the Flame Tree BBQ (the salad was delicious!), but we had packed lunches for the little ones. Why not? They were just as happy with their PB&J as they would have been with a $9 kids meal.

We then headed over toward DinoLand USA. When we were watching some YouTube videos in anticipation of our trip, the Mini Athlete had seen the “flying dinosaurs!” and insisted he wanted to ride them. On our way there, we found these two:

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The Mini Athlete was a little more timid around Goofy, but he was so excited to meet him and Pluto. And yes, they signed his book too. Oh and even Daddy had to get his photo with these characters.

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We then headed over to the TriceraTop Spin – basically Dumbo disguised as a dinosaur (and with two rows). There was only a 5 minute wait and the Mini Athlete jumped right in. He loved it!

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(Daddy clearly missed the memo about the selfie.)

There are a few other things to do in DinoLand but it was HOT. And our next FastPass experience was about to start – Finding Nemo: The Musical!

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We LOVED this show. Not only was it nice and cool in the theatre, the music and set/costumes were AWESOME. Seriously. Go see it.

It also put Little Miss in a great napping mood and she fell asleep shortly after getting back in the stroller. The Mini Athlete spotted a few more animals on some of the walking trails, and then we found…the Baby Care Center.

If you have little tiny ones, you are going to LOVE the Baby Care Center. Trust me on this one…or just check out my next post for Part 2 of our Animal Kingdom adventure. :)

Which park is your favorite at Walt Disney World? Why?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Day Back at the Gym

Well…I did it. I survived my first day back at the gym.

After not belonging to one for about 5 years, it felt a little foreign to walk back in.

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Every gym has its own culture, it’s own way of doing things. And when you’re new, it always feels a little bit like the first day of school. Where is the locker room? Do people change out in the open or in changing rooms? HOW IN THE WORLD DO I GET MY LOCKER OPEN? (Struggled like the new kid for about 10 minutes on that one).

I went today for my “Orientation” – which, to be honest, was pretty much a waste of time for the most part. The sweet trainer showed me how to work the elliptical machines, the treadmills, etc. Got it.

But the one part that did prove useful was the TANITA Body Composition Analyzer. I have no idea how accurate this method is, but at least it provides a starting point. According to their analysis, this is where I am today:

Age: 30 (will be 31 on Monday…eek)

Height: 5’6″

Weight: 146.2 lbs

BMI: 23.6

Fat%: 29.2% (Desirable range is 21-33%)

Fat Mass: 42.81 lbs (Desirable range 27-51 lbs)
Fat Free Mass: 103.41 lbs
Total Water: 75.8 lbs

All of that is to say that I currently fall within what is “healthy”, but I’m on the high end of those ranges when it comes to fat % and fat mass. No surprise there. Like I said…I’m squishy.

The encouraging part? I pulled out some TANITA scores I have from December 2009 (four months before I started this blog), and my starting weight is 10 pounds less than it was then. Not to mention the fact that I’ve had two babies since then.

I feel like I’m a good starting point and my biggest goal is to firm up and get stronger. I didn’t hit the weights at all today – just did about 10 minutes on the Arc trainer after my orientation. Not exactly a quality workout, but it is a start and I enjoyed getting a little sweaty glow.

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I’m planning to go back tomorrow morning with a workout plan in my hands. Now I just have to figure out what that plan will be. I’ve heard good things about Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer so I’m thinking about starting there. It’s a 12 week program, and looks tough, but it just might be doable. But I’m open to other ideas if you have any!

What are you using as your current workout plan (inside or outside a gym)?

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