Working Out With My Dad

This weekend Michael and I drove up to Seattle for my family Christmas party. I was born and raised in Seattle and escaped to Portland when I was 19. It’s only a 3 hour (or less if I drive hehehe) drive North.

It’s funny because whenever I make that drive to Seattle and make that one curve on I-5 where downtown comes into full view I get choked up and homesick. The Space Needle, Safeco Field, the old Kingdome…I definitely miss the city.

I’d made pumpkin bread for the party–which turned out to be a hit–and then we hit the road. Michael and I arrived Friday night. Saturday morning I got up early to go to the gym with my dad.

We’ve never worked out together before so this was a nice treat. My dad turned 60 this year.

Can you guess when this picture was taken? If you guessed 1981, you’d be right. πŸ˜‰

Like most daughters, their Dad is their hero. My Dad really is a hero! He is a Vietnam Vet and a Marine. You can still tell today that he’s a Marine, too. He was a biker back in the day–hard to tell now–and still has his Harley’s. When my Dad was in the Marines he was apparently a runner too. He told me this weekend that he’d run “a quick 10 miles to warm up” during lunch. Um, what? Impressive!

When I was a teenager I remember my Dad was overweight, had high cholesterol and high blood-pressure. He also had a very stressful job that was a heart attack waiting to happen. His doctor told him to lose weight and get healthy asap. So he did.

I remember he lost a lot of weight and worked out at the gym 5 days a week. He turned his life around regarding his health. As a kid I never realized the positive impact it had.

He once told me never to compromise on workout time. He said having kids, a spouse, work, family obligations, house chores…everything in your life will conspire against your workout time but DON’T let it! Always try to make time to work out in some way because it makes a positive difference in your life. So true.

So Saturday morning we went to the gym. We warmed up for 10 minutes on the exercise bike.

Then Dad and I lifted weights together. I don’t normally workout with other people so it was interesting to say the least. I let my Dad kind of plan our weight lifting. He uses the REAL weight machines…not the girly ones I usually use. πŸ˜‰

It was kinda cool to do a workout-swap. It was my dad’s day to do Chest and Back weights so that’s what we focused on.

He challenged my normal workout, which was good. We spent about 40 minutes focusing on chest and then back to keep balanced.

We started with light weights for me and with each set I increased the weight by 2.5-10 pounds.

So we took turns on the machines. I’d do my set, then Dad would do his and while I was waiting I’d hop on a nearby machine for arms or ab work. It was cool because my heart rate stayed up for the whole workout.

After our weight lifting we went to the treadmills. I did 2 miles on the treadmill. My dad was focusing on speed instead.

I had a great run! I as a bit nervous about how my body would hold up but I did well.

I had an excellent time with my Dad and got in a great workout. It was preemptive because I knew I’d be eating a lot at the Christmas party!

Gym Stats:

Time: 1:34

Calories Burned: Β 775

It was fun hanging with my Dad!

QUESTION: Tell me about your Dad. And have you ever done a workout swap with someone?

14 Responses

  1. My Dad was a runner through HS, college and daily until his 70s and his knees started rebelling. I am, to his chagrin, greatly uncoordinated. When I was in HS he wanted to show me how to jump a hurdle. We weren’t even USING a true hurdle and I landed on my face. Now we take the dog out for nice leisurely walks when we “workout” πŸ˜‰

  2. Awww, I love this post! That’s so inspiring that when your dad needed to get fit he just went and did it. We all know that sounds harder than it is. You must get your drive and determination from him.

    My dad golfs though he used to be a very good tennis player. He’s done Weight Watchers when his cardiac rehab nurse girlfriend gets on him about his weight and eating, but he’s from the Devil May Care side of the family (oh wait, I have it on both sides) where we’d sit around all day eating and drinking if we could.

    Glad you guys had a nice visit!

  3. What a great post!
    My dad is into reading and music, not exercising. But at one time in his life he quit smoking and took up running, which we thought was bizarre, since we didn’t know him as the exercising type. He lived in CA at the time and would fly into Atlanta to come visit. Around that time he came to visit and it happened to be when the Peachtree Road Race (a marathon) was going on, so he went to a park near the starting line and joined in! I don’t remember if he finished, but I was quite amazed that he ran the race. When I visited him in LA we hiked in Grant Park together (definitely not something my mom would ever do).
    Unfortunately has has Parkinson’s now and although basic exercising helps tremendously, it’s very difficult to do.

    1. Thank you for sharing that story about your dad. That’s so amazing that he just decided to run the marathon because he was in the neighborhood! Ha! I’d love to know how far he ran.

  4. I miss Seatttle too. I graduated High School in WA and haven’t been back since 2005. I know exactly what you mean about that curve.

    My dad’s a mechanic, the smell of WD40 always reminds me of him.

  5. This was SO nice to read. I do not have a very good relationship with my dad, and for that very reason, I am always so happy to read about GOOD father/daughter relationships.

    It makes me proud of my husband. πŸ™‚

    BTW..first time to your blog. I’m so impressed with your accomplishements! How inspiring!

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