My weekends typically start at noon on Fridays after working a 4 hour shift at work (I work 9 hour days the rest of the week). I typically follow up work with doing dishes and then heading to my weekly therapy session a few miles up the road.
This week was no different. My therapy session was good. I am getting better about making goals and actually executing them. There is still so much more I have to learn, and that is an exciting idea.
I had a few hours to myself and “accidentally” got sucked into more than an hour of cute cat and dog videos. Whoops!
My husband brought home our favorite thin crust vegetarian pizza from Papa Murphy’s and we watched this week’s episode of America’s Got Talent. We played some games and had fun. We also had some really great conversations. I cannot express how wonderful (and important) good communication skills are. I think it was sometime after 3am (Cue the Matchbox 20 music) that we finally went to sleep on our Purple mattress (I sure do love that thing!).
I have always struggled with insomnia and falling (and staying) asleep. Friday night was different. I crashed hard and I didn’t wake up half a dozen times throughout the night. My husband actually sent me back to bed this morning and I slept for almost two more hours (I think).
I was awoken to a wonderful (and healthy) breakfast in bed (see instagram @shethinks23 for pictures). We ate and talked and by about 11:45am we were out the door heading to our bonus day at the gym.
For the past two weeks I have been attending a Dance Fitness class at my gym for an hour every Saturday and it has been really fun. Here is what I have learned so far:
1) A hour of straight cardio is TOUGH!
2) My face gets really red.
3) I can sweat.
4) I have very little rhythm (especially in the hips department).
5) I hate messing up the moves (but do, a lot)
6) Bring extra water on these days.
7) I can do anything I put my mind to.
Although for now I haven’t formed any friendships in this class, I am encouraged by the possibility. Last week I stood in the back row and tried to hide myself in the corner. I was worried about being embarrassed about messing up the dance moves. This week, I moved to the middle row. I was still on an end, but that was merely because I am the tallest person in the class and I don’t want to block anyone’s view.
This class, even after only two weeks, has become a part of my routine. Dance on Saturdays is just what I do. And that’s an amazing feeling. I am already there with my week day gym routine, and it looks something like this (all week day gym trips are from 6:30am-7:40am before work):
Monday: Lower body + 30 minutes of cardio
Tuesday: Core + 30 minutes of cardio
Wednesday: Strength training with Stacie + 30 minutes of cardio
Thursday: Upper body + 30 minutes of cardio
Friday: Strength training with Stacie + 30 minutes of cardio
I am coming up on the end of my six weeks with this work out schedule, so it might change slightly in the coming weeks.
Confessional: I’m not looking forward to this first weigh in and measurements. I have had many successes in the past few weeks; however, I have had lots of failures too. This is my lifestyle now. Nothing worth doing will be easy. What I have learned from this experience is this:
1) Creating goals and setting up plans to achieve said goals is vital.
2) Goals are not set in stone. Good goals need to be constantly reevaluated and adjusted.
3) I have to forgive myself when I slip up. The saying ‘It’s not about falling, but how you pick yourself up’ (or something like that) is so true. I will slip up. I need to forgive myself and move on. Self hate will get me nowhere.
4) Find little ways to try harder and to keep pushing myself. I am capable of far more than I give myself credit for.
5) The weight I need to lose will come off eventually. I just need to be consistent. I am already so much stronger in my convictions when it comes to food. I am getting stronger everyday. I have even seen these glimmers (more often than every before in my life) of self confidence. This is exciting!
Post gym, we had our post-gym protein shake and took a quick shower. Our next stop was to look at a new apartment. We have been at our current places for almost four years, and although it has served us very well, we need more space (I work from home, and need an area to be creative that isn’t the corner of a room) and we want to get a pet. (We’re still discussing between a cat and a dog (eventually we want both); however, we needed a pet friendly place).
We decided to check out my top pick (based on my two years of researching). It’s only a few miles from where we live currently and 5-10 minutes further from our gym, but everything else we could want or need was very close. I nearly cried putting into the complex. I kid you not, the trees seemed greener, and the buildings were breathtaking.
We walked up a large set of stairs into this royal looking leasing office. We looked around for a bit, and met the assistant manager that I had spoken with earlier in the week. We talked for a little while and then she took us out two look at two different floor plans.
The first was a two bedroom garden apartment. It had this beautiful stone archway getting in that I was loving. It was very nice. The kitchen was thin and the hallways were very narrow. It was nice, but it didn’t feel quite right. And then…
Well, before the “and then…” we were shown their 24-hour fitness center, salt water pool, and dog park. AND THEN… we were shown the 2 bedroom 1.5 bathroom townhouse apartment.
There was a small porch area that either flowers could be in planters or possibly a small patio table and chairs (or both). Then, you walk into the living room with crown molding and a wood burning fireplace (talk about cozy AND romantic). The hardwood floors were lovely too. On the left was the stairs, however, through a small entry way was the open kitchen and dining room. It has two closets, lots of cabinet space, lots of light, and a nice hidden area for… you guessed it, room for a washer and dryer (something we haven’t had in almost 10 years)! There was also a door out of the kitchen to a back patio. I was in love and I hadn’t even been upstairs yet.
Upstairs had two very spacious rooms. The single closet room had two nice windows and enough space for my desks, computers (personal and work), a craft area, the husband’s computer, and possibly a musical instrument or two. In between the room rooms was a full bathroom. The shower and toilet also have a door attached and the vanity and sink area are there too. The master bedroom was also perfect. His and Her closets, (I might have already called dibs on the larger one) and the best part was that the master bedroom opens up to this beautiful balcony overlooking the grounds. I am already picturing my herb garden, and at least a comfy reading chair out there.
All in all it was simply delightful and more than I could have ever hoped for. There is a problem though. We are not released from our current lease until the first of December, and so I have no idea if they will have any openings this winter. We are on a waiting list of sorts, and I plan on staying in contact with the assistant manager, but we will not have anything solid until the end of September at the soonest. I am trying (and failing) to not get my hopes up.
After this visit, we went to the library and then heading off to this vegetarian café for lunch (again, see instagram for pictures). It was delicious. We went to my most favorite book store: McKay’s. They deal in used books and you can buy/sell/trade there. Just being in a room with that many books is incredible! I walked out with a new journal and four books. My husband got a new game for his PS4, and we got a movie. Oh, we also still have almost $50 in credit so we didn’t pay a cent while there.
Once out of the store, we got fresh fruit smoothies from a little stand (strawberry, mango, and peach), and then headed to the grocery store. We’re addicted to the insanely cheap prices at Aldi’s and almost exclusively shop there. We had one more stop on the way home, but are happily resting now.
Although we didn’t do anything spectacular today, it has been one of the greatest days I have had in a very long time. I am one happy girl.
I did not intend this post to be quite this long, so apologies and I will try to keep them at a more manageable level in the future. Try being the key word.
It’s finger food for dinner tonight, so I need to get to chopping some veggies. I truly hope you have an amazing rest of your weekend and try to remember to enjoy the little moments in your life. Those little moments are what make it all worth it.