So here we are, at another Friday getting ready for another weekend! You know, I feel like I’m just caught in a vicious cycle and sometimes it’s bearable and sometimes it’s not. This week is one of those where it doesn’t feel bearable, so I decided to finally freakin’ DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. For the first time in my post-grad life, I purchased a gym membership. In college, I had free access to the student gym. When I visited my friend and her now-husband at their old house near Asheville, we spent one morning at their local gym and I paid the visitor fee for just that one day. Other times, I just used other friends’ visitors passes. All in all, this was a bit overwhelming because now I have an added financial responsibility, but this is really going to help me in the long run.
Lately, I’ve been feeling worse and worse with each passing week. I’m always tired, even after getting nine or ten hours of sleep, my eating habits are crap, and I feel like all I do is go home and watch Netflix and drink a beer or two before going to bed. I don’t think I’m necessarily depressed, but I’m just not as happy as I could be. I don’t think it’s because of Travis being gone, although that certainly doesn’t help, but I’ve always been a person who gets bored with monotony, and having such a strange work schedule that’s two hours ahead of the average workday kind of forces me to pretty much stick to myself because any working friends I have get off at five or earlier and are already home and settled in by the time I get off at seven. I’ve already taken steps to try to break up that monotony with this blog, but I needed something else because I was still just going home, changing into an XL t-shirt and climbing into bed with a beer to work on posts.
That’s when Wednesday rolled around.
Our boss was walking around just talking to us in between calls, and mentioned in passing that as employees of a health insurance company, we get a crazy good discount on gym memberships for LA Fitness, and the metro Atlanta area has plenty of gyms in my area. My work sisters and I convened and came to an agreement that we needed to do something. Two of us decided to buy a membership just because we had a little extra money in our budgets. It felt a little reckless, but it wasn’t a dreadful recklessness. Once I hit that “Submit” button, I knew I was in for a ride. I immediately contacted my friend, Becca and asked for tips on how to start back up, and she was kind enough to send me a good looking program for weight lifting, which would burn fat faster than just cardio. I went to bed pretty excited. I passed the time at work browsing other workouts and post-workout nutrition, and ultimately, I was ready to get into the gym and start.
Megan (my work friend) and I hit the gym as soon as we got off work. We were met by a manager and trainer named James, who gave us an assessment and talked with us about our goals and what we were going to do. I told him I was looking to shed about 25-30 pounds of fat and gain about 10 pounds of muscle. We talked and joked for another hour or so about what was going to happen, and then we finally got started.
Megan and I switched back and forth in 30-second circuits of resistance training. The exercises included reverse push-ups (I’m literally so new to this I don’t even remember what this machine is called but you plant your feet in front of you, lean back, and pull yourself up and back), squat and press with kettleballs of differing weights, battle ropes, step-ups, medicine ball overhead slams, etc.
The actual exercise part only lasted about 15 minutes, and by the end of it, I was ready to collapse. And I almost did, had it not been for me calling it and saying I needed to sit down before I just keeled over. Megan said I looked so flushed that she was worried, but after a few sips of water and just sitting there breathing for a few minutes, I was fine, albeit my legs feeling like pure jelly. Lesson learned right there: I need to eat not only better, but also more, and I need to drink more water. I’ll be looking for a good nutrition plan and meal prepping better meals throughout the week.
What’s the verdict overall? I’m very glad I signed up for the gym. I’ve been needing an outlet for my frustrations with work and other stuff, and this should fill the gaps between blogging and makeup. On top of weight lifting, I’m hoping to once and for all get into yoga to improve my flexibility and range of motion because at the moment I have none! I’m ready to finally feel comfortable in my own skin, having gotten there a HEALTHY way. The last time I felt okay with my appearance, I had starved and drank my way to that weight, only for it all to come back and then some. This time will be different! I’ll track my progress as I go, and I’ll hopefully incorporate some meal prepping into the blog so you guys can try what I try!
Also, if you have any tips for anything like dealing with soreness, what kind of meals you like to eat before/after a workout, how to break up workouts so you don’t get bored (hiking, swimming, or other exercises), your favorite brand of clothing, etc, please let me know in the comments!