Updates

Hey y’all!!

It’s time for a much delayed update on the world of Erin :-)

It looks like the last time I posted for real was in MAY?!?! Jeez! So let’s catch up!!

Let’s back up a little farther than May, back to when I was preggo with my now 1-year-old (huh? Not sure how that happened so fast!). I had quite the problem with my back, and my sciatic nerve in particular. I did physical therapy with no relief, so I was told I’d just have to wait it out and it would improve once I had the baby.

Fast forward a little bit to November 2013….I started my post-baby fitness journey on 11/18/13. My back had improved a little, but I found that once I started exercising regularly that it helped get me functional at least, even though I wasn’t pain-free.

Now coming back to May 2014….My back pain, including pain and numbness radiating down my leg, had gotten to a point where I wasn’t even really functional anymore. Even working out regularly didn’t help anymore. I could barely walk, it hurt to sit for more than 5 minutes at a time, and I couldn’t bend AT ALL. Add in having a sedentary job, and having to lift and move around the baby (10 months old by that point), I had a recipe for disaster.

I had a couple of options. 1) Go to a Orthopedist, who I knew would most likely recommend PT, injections, surgery, or pain management. I wanted nothing to do with any of these options. 2) Go to a chiropractor. I was really nervous about this because I hear very conflicting opinions on Chiro’s. However, since I wanted so badly to avoid an Ortho, I decided to give it a try. I got recommendations from friends and family members, and actually found a great office that is literally the next building over from where I work.

Long story short, I have been going to Dr. Overcash for almost 3 months now. It was slow going at first, and was very frustrating. It also made me frustrated because he restricted me to nothing but walking. No running…no lifting…no yoga even!! I’ve been walking at least a mile 3-5 times a week since then, just trying to keep up an aerobic base for when I am able to get back to real exercise.

In the last month,however, is when I’ve really been able to start seeing improvement in leaps and bounds!! I can now bend over without pain, I can sit/stand/walk as much as I want to (within reason, and I do have a bad day here and there where I need extra TLC), and I can pick up both of my boys with no problem!! He is literally a miracle worker, LOL :-)

I should have another re-evaluation around the first week of September to see if he can release me back to exercising. He says we’ll start with introducing stretching and gradually build back up from there. I’d be happy to do ANYTHING but walk at this point ;-)

I’ve got a bunch of other updates coming soon too, so stay tuned :-)

What updates do you have? What’s been going on in your life?? I want to hear from you!!!!

29 Things About Me on My 29th Birthday

Hey y’all!

*Side note: longest post name ever right there…lol!*

As if the post name wasn’t obvious enough, today is my TWENTY-NINTH BIRTHDAY! Whaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt?!?! How have I already reached the last year of my 20′s? I’m not sure if I should feel sad or not. I don’t though…go me! LOL!

In honor of this 29th anniversary of my birth, I thought I’d regale you with an amazing list of 29 things about me! Now, these “things” are in no particular order, and are really quite random…just like me :-P

1. I really really really really hate spiders.

2. I’m allergic to strawberries. Not to the point where I need medical care, but I do break out.

3. I have an innate ability to talk about gross, personal things and not be embarrassed. I’m apparently the go-to person if someone has something going on, cause they know I won’t be all grossed out…haha!

4. I have 2 degrees: BS in Accounting; BSBA in Finance with a concentration in Risk Management and Insurance.

5. My day job is a Disability Case Manager.

6. I really really love numbers. I know, I’m weird :-D

7. I’m obsessed with flip-flops.

8. I love anything and everything pink. (I’m such a girl…haha)

9. I must be too much of a girl, because God has seen fit to put me in a house full of males (hubby and 2 sons).

10. I’m the oldest of 3 kids…I have a brother and a sister.

11. I was in vocal lessons for 6 years. I love singing, and really just music in general. That was actually my first choice for a major in college.

12. I haven’t been to a movie in the theaters in 6 years.

13. I spend way too much money on Kindle/iBooks books….maybe that’s why I haven’t been to the movies? LOL

14. I hate condiments.

15. Phantom of the Opera is my favorite ever. I dream of seeing that on Broadway!

16. My life-long dream trip is to Ireland. I would even consider moving there if given the chance.

17. I still twirl my hair around my finger. I know I know…total valley girl over here.

18. I get comments all the time on my Southern accent….even though I live in the South.

19. I can’t whistle.

20. I don’t tan. I burn and then go right back to Casper.

21. I love chocolate, but I hate chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate milk.

22. Actually, I hate all milk. Yuck! I never drink it.

23. I’m a grammar nazi. I’m so sorry. I just can’t help it. At least it’s mostly just spelling errors that irritate me.

24. I’m not a fan of going shopping. I’d rather shop online than go to a mall any day.

25. Almost all of my workout clothes are pink. Almost all of my work clothes are blue or purple.

26. I have absolutely NO artistic skills. Seriously, I can’t even draw a good smiley face.

27. I usually laugh in really awkward situations…because I don’t know what else to do. Sorry for my awkwardness….it’s not you, it’s me.

28. I have a huge fear of needles.

29. I absolutely love summer! I hate winter, so you will NEVER hear me complain about the heat. :-)

Well there you have it! 29 things about me! (That was pretty darn hard by the way, haha!)

Tell me just ONE thing about you :-)

Friday Fave’s

Hey y’all!!

Happy Baby Friday

Hahahahaha! I love that….and Lordy-have-mercy I’m glad it’s Friday!!!!!

This week is my VERY FIRST: Friday Fave’s post!!! I’m so excited to share my favorite things from this week, so here goes:

1. My new Janji shirt.

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It’s awesome! Why? First of all, each shirt you purchase provides a necessity for someone in a underpriviledged area. For example, this Haiti shirt provided “8 packets of nutritional medicine to a malnourished child in Haiti”. How cool is that?!?! Secondly, it’s a great running shirt. It doesn’t ride up (I HATE that!), it fits great, it wicks very nicely, it didnt’ rub, and it is SUPER soft! :-) Plus, they still have 20% off and free shipping on women’s tee’s until Mother’s Day!

2. My new Keep Calm and Run On tank.

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I mean, how awesome is this?! (I know what you’re thinking – 2 new shirts in 1 week? This chick’s crazy :-P) I don’t know really what specific store I got it from….I ordered it online from Jane. They run a little smaller than I thought they did, so I’m glad I ordered a large. Plus, it’s PINK! You know my obsession with everything pink…LOL! And yes, that canister is doggie pepper spray…we have a problem with folks not keeping their dogs in their own yard…and I got chased by a scary dog one day. So I carry it with me every time I run in my neighborhood now. But serious, awesome new tank :-)

3. This article.

I am definitely guilty of self-bashing. I have been working on changing my inner dialogue and using this positive self-talk method, and it has already made a difference! It has helped me power through a speed work run, and resist temptation (SUGAR!!). Let me know if it works for you!!

4. My new favorite healthy snack.

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I made these for a snack day at work this week. I sliced apples to about 3/16″ thick, smeared a thin layer of PB on them, and sprinkled dark chocolate chips and smashed cinnamon almonds on them. Super yum! And super healthy :-)

5. SRIRACHA!

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I can’t even. I love spicy foods (didn’t always…but now I’m so glad I’ve branched out), and I’ve used salsa, hot sauce and all kinds of stuff to spice up my foods. But now my life has changed. Holy moly, I love Sriracha sauce!!!! It makes everything better!!! :-D Give it a try – but fair warning, you may need a couple of cups of water!

I hope you enjoyed my favorites for this week. If you try any of them, let me know what you think!

What are your favorite things this week?

Updates on Workouts and Eating

Hey y’all!

How has everyone’s week been? Mine has been ridiculous! LOL

We haven’t been sleeping much around our house, the patient has been waking up pretty often each night with sore/dry throat needing water and pain meds. HOWEVER, I’ve been working really hard to stick with my plan to hit my goal of losing 10 pounds by 5/31/14 (when I leave for the beach).

With the lack of sleep and all the extra attention my little man has needed this week, I haven’t had a lot of time to post, so therefore my absence so far. I just wanted to post a quick update of what’s been going on so far this week!

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I’ve gotten back to my workouts after taking a week and a half off. I haven’t been back to the gym, but I have done 2 runs. I took Monday as my first rest day (instead of Wednesday…oops?). Then Tuesday I did a 2 mile run (with walk breaks) in my neighborhood: 23:10 total time; 11:28 min/mile; 82 degrees outside and 34% humidity. Wednesday I did speed work: 1 400 meter and 3 200 meter repeats with walk back to the start and then a half mile or so cooldown jog; max pace 7:24; fastest 200 1:20.05; 1.78 miles and 24:51 total; walking back to the start slowed my pace to 13:58 average. I think next week’s speed work will be all 200 repeats, maybe bump it up to 5 repeats, and jog back to start instead of walk. Why did I go from 400 to 200? Because I’m dumb….haha, no – when I planned my run I was planning to do 400 meter repeats. However, when I got out there, I realized the place I’d planned on running was definitely NOT 400 meters long :-P Silly me! Now for today, I haven’t done my workout yet. I was planning on doing an easy run, but my shins feel a little tight and I am a bit wary of running again so soon and making them really hurt. So I might end up going to the gym and using the elliptical instead….or just going out to run and taking it as I go :-)

My biggest takeaway from my runs so far this week: Allergies are Assholes.

No seriously. I hate them, and they hate me.

Now, as far as my eating plan….it hasn’t quite lived up to my plan, but it hasn’t been all that far off either. I haven’t done my food journaling like I meant to :-( oh well….I’ll start on that next week I guess!

Anyhoo, hope everyone’s week is going as planned :-)

How are you reaching towards your goals this week?

Weekend Recap & Sunday Set-Up

Hey y’all!

What a week it has been! Thanks for hanging in there with me while I took a few days off, and HUGE thanks for all the prayers for little man’s surgery (tonsil and adenoids removal). The doc said his adenoids were some of the largest he’d seen, and extended well up into his nose. But thankfully, it went well and we are home and recovering. It was very hard while we were at the hospital, he was very tearful and it just hurt my heart for him to cry so much and not be able to do anything about it. Nights are still a bit rough, having to wake up every 3 hours and make sure he takes his pain meds even though he cries all the way through it. :-( We probably have a rough few days ahead as the scabs are going to start coming off in his throat soon and that won’t be fun. But we’ll get through it and be just fine. I can already tell a difference in his breathing – he doesn’t snore hardly at all and has no more apnea episodes!

If you missed it, don’t forget to check out my guest post from Friday! Love these tips!

Now on to my Sunday Set-Up!

I always try to set up my week on Sunday, because it’s really my only “down” day to do so. I’m a busy, working mom of 2 boys so there’s not usually a lot of time during the week, and if I wing it I end up eating terrible….every time!

In addition to my normal Sunday Set-Up, today I realized that I have FOUR WEEK TILL THE BEACH. So – I’ve set a new goal, and I laid out some steps to get myself there. It’s a bit of a loft goal, but I think if I stick to my plan then I can totally kill it!

GOAL: Lose 10 pounds!!

Current weight: 156

Goal weight by the end of 4 weeks: 146

Plan:

  • Eat Clean (I’ve had wonderful results with this, and I know it’s the way to go, so I’m going back to it fully committed)
  • Work out 5 days/wk
  • Run 3 days/wk
  • Do elliptical 2 days/wk
  • Strength train 5 days/wk
  • Upper body strength 1 day/wk
  • Lower body strength 1 day/wk
  • Abs 1 day/wk
  • Whole body (or the 1000 calorie workout) 2 days/wk
  • NO counting calories
  • Eat by feel (only eat until satisfied)
  • Keep food journal

So I’m now working on a calendar for my monthly workout plan, and then I’ll do just a weekly for eating plan. Once it’s done, I’ll upload it. I’ll be starting my workouts tomorrow (Sundays are my rest days anyway), and I started eating clean(er) at lunch today, and for real clean tomorrow!

IMG_4008Yum! An awesome grilled chicken salad (and okay….I splurged a little with the pita bread ;-)!)

Have you done your Sunday Set-Up yet? What’s your plan for the week?

Guest Post: 3 Easy Way to Become a Mud Runner

Hey y’all!

In my absence for little man’s surgery, I’ve got a great guest poster for you today!! I connected with Kevin on Twitter and I really love this post! Enjoy, and find more of his work on his site: Mud Runner Headquarters!

3 Easy Way to Become a Mud Runner

Like most of you, I did not wake up one morning and decide to tackle a mud run. Instead, I made a decision to take better care of myself because of where I was in my life. My wife was expecting our first child, I had begun to travel regularly for work, thus eating out a lot, and when I was not traveling, I was normally behind a computer. My energy level was low and I knew I did not want to enter middle age with a beer belly.

So I made a decision to start exercising and get myself on a proper diet. My exercise of choice was (and still is) running. Now time to be 100% truthful: I am not a fan of running. Don’t get me wrong, I love the thrill of finishing a run and that sense of accomplishment that comes with it, but getting that first foot out the door to start a run has always been a struggle for me.

After about 2 months of running in parks, my neighborhood, treadmills, and participating in a couple of 5K’s, I was pretty sure I was not going to be able to keep myself motivated enough to continue. I knew wasn’t going to break any records and I wasn’t going to drastically improve my time and become an elite runner so I began to look at other things. Low and behold I didn’t have to look very far!

My friend Scott, who was in town visiting, had just told me he had signed up for Tough Mudder Tampa, a grueling 12 mile obstacle course race. He said I needed to join him! He had already done Warrior Dash and a couple of other mud runs and had had a blast. I didn’t think I had 12 miles, coupled with obstacles, in me. He assured me transitioning from training from 5 and 10K’s to a mud run was pretty simple and straightforward. Mostly he said: focus on strength.

TRANSITION: 3 Easy Ways to Become a Mud Runner

Note: I was not a huge weight lifter when I started and still am not. I do lift a lot more than I did when I started this journey 4 years ago, but I am never going to be 240 pounds of shredded muscle, and I am ok with that. Before you begin strength training, you should immediately set a realistic goal into your head and you will find a lot more success in the gym.

  • Join A Gym (Any Gym):

 

I did not want to invest a lot in weights or other pieces of exercise equipment. Heck, I didn’t know if I would be able keep this up. So I said hello to joining a gym. The gym (which is operated by my company) made me pay 6 months up front, which is a great motivator because you feel more of a need to go (which is key if you are just starting out). I am always leery of big gym chains that only make you sign-up for a month/cancel any time plan. Their commitment to you will make you committed. Another great thing that gym can offer newbies are trainers that can instruct you on how to use the equipment. Don’t be afraid to ask. That is what they are there for!

  • Work Your Core:

 

You should be prepared to use all of your muscles in your body come race day. If you are coming into this as a complete newbie, I suggest focusing on building up your core strength. While it is always fun to have big biceps and pecs (if you’re a guy) or toned legs (if you are a girl), you should focus more on your quads, abs, glutes, back, and shoulder muscle groups. The easiest way to do this is through push-ups, sit-ups, squats, rowing (all gyms have a rowing machine), and pull-ups. Don’t expect to do all of this your first day at the gym. My advice: On your first day see how many you can do of each exercise (your maximum). Write those numbers down, and then rest two days. Come back fresh that third day and start doing 3 sets of 60% of your max, three days of week, and build from there. For example:

Max Push-ups: 25

60% of your Max: 15

Monday-Wednesday-Friday: 3 sets of 15 (Minute and half rest in between).

Once you feel a circuit is getting a little easier, bump each set up by 5 repetitions.

  • Don’t Forget Recovery!

 

No one gives out medals for overdoing it in a gym (at least I don’t think they do). Even if you have been running your whole life, weight training can easily hurt you if you overdo it. When I started specifically training for mud runs, I would have cardio and weight days followed by just cardio days. I would normally do that Monday through Saturday (Sunday I rested completely). That gave me 3 days of both and 3 days of just cardio. On the days I did both, I would back off my cardio (either the distance or time) or just do intervals.

 

So now that you have the 3 basic elements for transitioning from running to mud running, sign-up for a mud run. Do it and put it on your calendar. Like a gym membership, if you fork over the cash, get it on the calendar, and know that you have a finite amount of time until race day, you are more likely to show-up on race day and crush your mud run. Happy running!

More about Kevin:

As an avid runner, Kevin Wood was recently turned on to mud runs and obstacle course racing in the last two years. While still participating in traditional 5K’s, 10K’s, and half marathons, he enjoys mud running because of the teamwork, collaboration, and fellowship that each race promotes. Now if he is presented with an opportunity to get dirty while running, he jumps at it.Kevin currently lives in College Park, GA, with his wife and two children. His hobbies (other than running and fitness) include reading, traveling, and spending time with the family.

 

Playlist, Prayer Request, and New Shirt Ordered

Hey y’all!

I don’t know about y’all, but my life has been SUPER CRAZY lately!! I hope I get some time to exercise this week, because I haven’t so far, and the week is only going to get crazier….

At least it was super nice out yesterday!

IMG_4143I do LOVE that Carolina blue sky :-) And the warm temps – I completely and totally hate the cold!

Now, I am one of those people that absolutely HAS  to have music while I’m running. I also like to switch up my playlist from time to time to keep me motivated. I have an eclectic taste in music, and my running playlist reflects that…..so no judgment :-) I discovered most from radio, but I do like the website Jog.fm to find new ones for specific pace goals. Here’s a sampling:

  • Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera
  • As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber (you promised not to judge me! :-P)
  • Better Dig Two by The Band Perry
  • Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Domino by Lucky Lady
  • Georgia Peaches by Laren Alaina
  • Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory
  • Happy by Pharell Williams
  • My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fall Out Boy
  • Perfect Day by Lady Antebellum
  • Roar by Katy Perry
  • Rumour Has It by Adele
  • Runaway Baby by Bruno Mars (my all-time favorite running song!)
  • Sexy and I Know It by Sexy and I Know It (once again….don’t even judge cause it motivates me to get it movin’!)
  • Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
  • Sugar, We’re Goin Down by Fall Out Boy
  • Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo
  • Timber by Pitbull
  • Where Have You Been by Rihanna
  • Wild At Heart by Gloriana
  • 50 Ways to Say Goodbye by Train

Whew! I know that’s a lot, and that’s even trimmed down some :-P

So, I mentioned that this week is going to get even crazier….well my oldest boy (3 years old) is having surgery on Thursday. He’s having his tonsils and adenoids taken out. I know that this is a fairly routine surgery, but it’s our first experience with one of our babies having surgery so this momma’s heart is nervous! If you are able, any prayers, thoughts, love and positive energy sent our way would be greatly appreciated! His surgery is Thursday morning, and we will have to stay overnight due to his age and low weight (under 30 lbs). I know that the surgery is for the best, and he’ll feel so much better once it’s done. He’s been having apnea episodes, snores, and has a hard time breathing even while awake so this should fix all that. He will sleep better and feel better. He may even be able to come off his allergy meds (the doc thinks it might be chronically infected adenoids instead of allergies)! Even still, anesthesia and surgery and hospital stay are stressing me out…thanks in advance :-)

Back to happy topics….just a quick note – I am so excited for a new workout shirt I just bought:

Women's Haiti Palm Short-Sleeve

(Photo from RunJanji website)

I found these folks on Twitter…they are super nice, this is a GREAT cause, AND they’re having a sale right now! Woohoo :-D (by the way this is not an ad….just informing y’all of something I found that I love!!) So check them out if you have a chance!!

It’s about time to hit the sack now (guess I’m going to be lazy and skip the gym :-P), and I doubt I’ll be doing much posting until after we get home and settled in after little one’s surgery. I promise I’ll update after that! XOXOXO!!

What are your go-to playlist songs?

Weekend Update

Hey y’all!

Hope everyone’s weekend has been grand :-) I know mine has!

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Our first Bearded Iris bloomed…so pretty :-)

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I also went with my mom and my boys to the Farmer’s Market. It was my first time going to this one, and I’ll be back without a doubt!

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Here’s what I got: a watermelon, green grapes, spinach, mango, peaches, sweet Anjou pears, bananas and okra! And all  this produce was only $21 and some change! There’s no way I’d have gotten that good of a price for this quality of produce at the grocery store. And, I’m supporting local farmer’s and eating clean!! :-)

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Added bonus: I get a built-in kitchen decoration! :-P At least until I eat it all, that is! LOL! Oh, and yesterday was my sweet hubby’s birthday so yes-that’s the tiny cake we got for him…we’re trying to eat healthier but you can’t celebrate a birthday without cake ;-)

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LOL!

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And last but not least, the birthday boy’s dinner….ribs, pasta salad, and fresh okra from the farmer’s market! The picture’s a little blurry, but you get the idea. The pasta salad was just the tri-color rotini (whole wheat, the whole box) with zesty Italian salad dressing (about half the bottle) and parmesan cheese (about a cup). Super delish!! I cleaned and chopped the okra up and sautéed with 2 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil on the stove until browned. I’m not a fan of okra, but hubby does and he gave his stamp of approval!! :-D For a girl that sucks at cooking doesn’t cook very much (or well), I felt successful!

Today has been uneventful, just cleaning up around the house. Today is my rest day (I may have also made yesterday…and Friday….rest days as well…nobody’s perfect!) so I’m not going to run or hit the gym.

Well, both boys are sleeping right now (whaaaaaat? both napping TOGETHER?! Unheard of!), so I’m going to take advantage and go take a nap clean the living room….or something like that ;-)

How has your weekend been? Restful or eventful?

5 Things NOT To Do At The Gym

Hey y’all!

I’ve been utilizing a gym for just over 5 months now, and I have learned a lot of things in that time. Things that include what you should NOT do at the gym…

Now, to preface this list I should specify that I go to a 24/7 gym that you just have to have a keycard to enter, and it’s only staffed during certain times of day. It’s fairly small, with only 5 treadmills, 3 ellipticals, 2 recumbent bikes, and 1 spin bike. There are all the basic machines for strength training, a free weight section, and another section where they have the yoga mats, stability balls, kettlebells, and small hand weight.

So without further ado, my list:

1. Wear inappropriate clothes.

I know you think I’m fixing to address the women (and men) who wear way too little clothing to the gym…well, I’m not even going to go there in this post :-) I have much more important issues to address here! It kills me when I see (mostly older men) wearing cargo pants or shorts and a polo shirt to the gym. The other day, I also saw a woman wearing jeans and a football jersey! HOW IS THIS COMFORTABLE, PEOPLE?!?! Believe me, I’m NOT one to judge – I have way too much going on that people could judge me for so I generally avoid doing any judging. But, there is no way that those types of clothes can be comfortable. They have GOT to rub their skin the wrong way, they definitely don’t wick sweat, and they most certainly don’t move well. I don’t know if y’all have ever tried to move quickly wearing jeans, but I know it’s not easy. I’m not saying that everybody has to have gym clothes made from technical materials that enhance performance and wick every drop of sweat you could possibly produce; but it’s not hard to come by some basketball shorts and a t-shirt at least. Heck, I’m pretty sure you can get that at Wal-Mart on the cheap! At least that wouldn’t rub badly, and would move with you more freely than cargo pants, jeans, polo’s and football jersey’s…..just sayin!

2. Make out.

Yes, I am asking you to PLEASE not exchange spit with your significant other while y’all are at the gym. PLEASE!! Nobody wants to see that. A peck is fine, but please don’t full-on make out while others are trying to concentrate on working out. Unfortunately, there is a gym-rat couple like this at my gym. I mean, kudos to them because they obviously spend a LOT of time in the gym and it has paid off, but geez – take the sappy home!

3. Talk loudly on the phone.

Whether you use headphones or the actual phone itself, please refrain from having lengthy, loud conversations while in the gym. Just last night there was a young man loudly talking via headphones on his phone. IT. WAS. OBNOXIOUS! If you need to have a conversation, that is fine. Make it short, make it quiet and/or take it outside. It makes it really hard to keep myself on pace when I hear you shouting and going on for 45 minutes. Even turning up the volume of my music can’t drown you out…and just forget getting lost in my own head – I can’t hear my own thoughts! Granted, I am very distractable, but it’s still rude.

4. Not spraying down the equipment when you’re done with it.

Ummmm……EW! There is NO WAY I want to get on a piece of equipment that you just got your funk all over. So gross! I’ll leave it at that.

On a related note, please also don’t spray the cleaner directly on the machines. It isn’t good for the machines. And there are signs posted all over saying that.

5. Turning the TV’s off mute.

Again, there are signs everywhere saying to use FM radio frequencies to tune in to the TV’s. When you turn them off mute, that means everybody in the gym has to listen to The Voice, some idiotic political show, or a random bowling tournament. Nothing against any of those shows, but it’s not really what helps keep me motivated or on pace during my workouts. I literally have to turn my music up to the brink of being painful to drown it out. And sometimes even that doesn’t work. SO ANNOYING! So please be respectful of others’ preferences, and find an FM tuner or a smartphone app and listen to your show that way.

I hope no one that reads my blog does any of these things……cause y’all are full of common sense and respect, right?!?! :-D

What irks you when you go to the gym?