I kinda just want to eat a brick of smoked Gouda.
I mean, it’s just sooo good. I’d forgotten how much I loved Gouda until I rediscovered it recently. It goes well on our turkey burgers.
My side was steamed broccoli and cauliflower with pesto. I had a scratchy throat yesterday–probably allergies–but there is no way I’m taking any chances getting sick before my vacation. Raw garlic cure! I slept well Friday night after a good swim and woke up pretty early for the gym. I ate an apple with some peanut butter and then headed out into the downpour.
You know you’re a Gym Rat when the first thing you do on a rainy Saturday morning is go to the gym. You also know you’re a Gym Rat when the girl at the counter recognizes you, says hi to you by name, and you know exactly which treadmills are the best ones to use.
Yeah I’m definitely a gym rat. Especially when I recognize all the other Gym Rats there. 😉 I saw the regulars there this morning but the rest of the place was empty. I was surprised by the lack of people. Where is everyone? Busy with tomorrow’s Shamrock Run?
Despite the place being a ghost town, another gym rat reached the Pec-Fly at the exact same time as I did. I think he noticed that my shoulders sagged with frustration (why aren’t there two of this machine? It is ALWAYS full) so he quickly said “Why don’t we work through together?” I said sure! I went first, did 15 reps on the Pec Fly at 45 pounds and then got up and let him have a go. He was doing about 150 pounds. When he was done, I hopped back on. I had to increase my weights from 45 to 50 because it was getting too easy.
It was a nice change to my normal routine taking turns with that guy. Normally I’d much rather just go to another machine instead of standing there waiting in between sets but it worked.
You might be a gym rat if you have a favorite machine. The Pec-Fly is definitely my favorite. It’s a popular machine too. I focused on the chest presses, shoulder presses, and did some back work. Then I finished up with ab work, stretching and hip exercises.
The time flew by and I burned a lot of calories. I wear the badge of “Gym Rat” happily and proudly. I worked hard to get to wear I am at. During nicer weather I’m much more inclined to skip the gym and play outside: biking, hiking, running. This Spring/Summer should be really interesting. Since I can’t solely focus on running and I’ve grown to love weight lifting so much I imagine I will still be a gym rat in some way. I will need to find a balance with weight lifting at the gym and playing in the sunshine.
Calories Burned: 792
QUESTION: Are you a gym rat?
Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
I actually don’t love the gym! I prefer running and biking outside, but maybe if I was actually more consistent about lifting weights I wouldn’t mind it as much… maybe. 🙂
I have many moments when I do not love the gym. But I love how I feel when I lift weights!
I’m not a gym rat… yet! But, I’m on my way there. I’ve started going to boot camp classes 5x/week.. now I just need to get myself to run, bike & swim more! Your blog has been super inspiring for me, as I’m on my personal journey to lose 100+ lbs!! Keep up all the great entries, and feel free to motivate me at http://www.futurefitgirl.com. Lord knows I need it, as the initial “excitement” of this new lifestyle is wearing off… but I need to keep it up. I’ve only lost 9 lbs so far… 96 more to go!!!
How do you like the Boot Camp Classes? I think it sounds like such a fun way to workout! I will definitely check out your blog. Great job trying to lose weight! Keep at it.
Boot Camp classes are great!! I love that the exercises are always changing so I never dread going or getting bored because it is always something new! The instructor of my boot camp class is a former body builder (she won some national championships I believe), but she is SUPER nice and motivating. My sister in law told me that she went to some at her gym and the instructor was yelling as if they were in the military… mine isn’t operated that way, but there are so many different “boot camp classes” out there, I guess that is what makes them all different!
I think that’s great. I love the idea of a boot camp that changes up the routine. Boredom is the quickest way to quit exercising. Keep at it! It sounds like you enjoy it!
yes I am a gym rat! I unlocked that badge on foursquare, hehe!
You’re right, nice weather is near, and I personally would rather be out in the sun than in the gym! Is your gym relatively close enough to bike to, do your weights, and bike home? I’m sure you’ll figure out something to get the best of both worlds.
When I used Foursquare I was the mayor of my gym. LOL!
I might be able to bike to the gym this summer. I’d need to figure out a safe route that didn’t go on the highway.