My Gym Superstitions

Let’s call today “Pick on Sarah” Day.

I deserve it somedays.

Like today, I was thinking about all of my gym supersitions I have developed over the years.  Kind of stupid but they sure do stick.

Here is a handful…

The weight plates MUST match. 

Top = BAD Bottom = GOOD
Top = BAD
Bottom = GOOD

My gym has two different types of plates.  One set is thicker and black colored and the other is thinner, more dense, and grayish.

When I  or my partner loads the bar I CANNOT have one gray and one black plate on there. EVER!!  If I do the zombie apocalypse will commence that very day or the weight will come crashing down on my head crushing me and turn me into a zombie.

The weights MUST be pointing inwards.

Top = BAD Bottom = GOOD
Top = BAD
Bottom = GOOD

This is another matching issue.

The plates have a flat surface on the outside and the inside is more indented for grip and also where the weight number is printed.

When the plates are loaded on the bar the indented side MUST be facing inwards, or towards me.  I just can’t fathom having one flat side and one indented side pointing towards me.

I mean it will most definitely tilt over and I will fall to my doom right there.  A zombie to never die.

The handles of the dumbbells must match (catching a trend here?)

Top = GOOD Bottom = BAD
Top = GOOD
Bottom = BAD

There is two different kinds of grips on the dumbbells at my gym.  Some are flat and some have a more raised handle.

I CANNOT have one flat and one raised grip.  I will be off balance.  It does not matter if the weight is absolutely the same.  I will be off balance.  The force will be disturbed.

I have my favorite gym shoes

They are falling apart.
They are falling apart.

These shoes carried me through my second half marathon.

I have achieved all my major personal lifting records while wearing these shoes.

They  are worn out but only because of hard work.

I really do need new shoes but these shoes are so comfy.

The bottoms are worn to the point that I can feel the floor which is good for deadlifts and squats.

Call it superstition or sentimental but it will be kind of sad when these shoes are gone.

I really hate when the dumbbells are out of order

I didn’t take a picture of this one but it is kind self-explanatory anyway.
When I am done with a particular set of dumbbells, like the 30’s or whatever, I want to put them back in their CORRECT spot.  In that example, I want to put them in between the 25’s and the 35’s.

Is that too hard to ask?!

There have been days when I have totally rearranged the weights so that they flow correctly. (Note: You are welcome, fitness attendant).

I bet you are catching a pattern here.

I am VERY OCD in the gym. Ironically, I am not like that anywhere else in my life. Ask my husband. Heh!

But, there is just something about lifting heavy things that makes me want to ENSURE that everything is where it needs to be, loaded as it should, and the force is perfectly balanced.

I really don’t want to become a zombie. 😉

My Gym Superstitions

How My Jack Russell Terrier Makes My Life Very Difficult

It is true.

My ever sweet and adorable 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier makes my life very difficult.

First, let me introduce you….

This is Eowyn. She was my first baby. My husband got her for me as a way to put off baby fever. It worked…..for a few months. 😉 She is still my first-born baby and has always been a great second Mama to my son. She was your typical Jack Russell Terrier as a tight ball of energy. She has mellowed over the years and we seem to enjoy her more and more as the years go by. She chases squirrels and digs up moles.

Her number one activity is…. Well…..just look as I take you through a typical day for Eowyn.

The day begins with Eowyn being released from her room around 6 am to go potty outside, chase animals out of the yard, and bark at the lady on her morning walk. Upon coming inside she goes to her first station.

Before Breakfast
Before Breakfast

After breakfast she proceeds to station number two.

Her Bed.  No, wait, our bed.  Morning nap #1.
Her Bed. No, wait, our bed. Morning nap #1.

When the bed gets just too comfy for a working dog like her she goes to her third station.

Sometimes only the hard floor will do.
Sometimes only the hard floor will do.

But, wait…that bed really was super comfortable.

OH BOY!! Warm Laundry!

Nothing like warm laundry
Nothing like warm laundry

While I am trying to work on the computer at the Kitchen Table

This floor is nice and cool.
This floor is nice and cool.

And Finally, We end the day watching TV in the living room.

The end of a loooooooong day.
The end of a loooooooong day.

Do you see a trend?

It is so hard to get things done around the house when all I see of her is laziness and comfort. I just want to join her!!

How My Jack Russell Terrier Makes My Life Very Difficult

Tae Kwon Do: A Mother-Son Thing

I love my workouts!  I really do. I have my way of doing things and I confess I am can be be pretty slow to change things up.  I know what works. I know what I understand.  I know what I am good at. And I am nice and cozy right where I am, thank you very much.

Rewind a few weeks ago.  I was looking into a a local church ministry that teaches Tae Kwon Do to the community for free.  You do pay for  belt testing but the actual lessons are free.  For a family who is making a point to live debt free that is a huge blessing.  My son (from henceforth will be called “Little Bodybuilder”), who is almost seven, had a taste of karate when a local master taught lessons at our YMCA for cheap.  At first he refused to take lessons because he “didn’t want to get hit.”  I figured that was a reasonable reason but Mommy Gut said he would love it.  I signed him up and the rest is history.  That boy dived head first into karate and was constantly practising his forms.  When I say constantly I mean he would do forms in the aisle at Walmart while I decided between buying vanilla or chocolate almond milk.  Unfortunately, this local master would only take the young students up to yellow belt (2nd belt) and then you needed to move over to his school and pay a monthly fee.  Kind of sad for us but I know he needs to make a living and I applaud his success.

Imagine my excitement when I found out from a friend about this free ministry at the local church. I do need to mention this church is only about two miles from our house.  That is significant because we live a bit in the boonies and most everything is at least fifteen minutes or more away.

I called the head teacher, or master, or whatever, and we spoke for a good ten minutes.  I was all ready to go when I heard him say, “And we strongly encourage parents to take the classes too so you can help the children practice at home.”  What?!?!  UGH!!!!  A group setting like that is not my thing, Man!  I’m an introvert.  I like to plug in my music and lift weights or go for runs on quiet country roads with nothing but birds and cows.  A group class?!?!  I don’t even do those at the gym.  Well, I do enjoy an occasional spin class but those are dark and I can imagine I am alone.

Okay, Okay, Okay…..OKAY!!!  I will do it.  I LOVE my boy and I want to fuel his passions.

So, now I am taking Tae Kwon Do with Little Bodybuilder. I am actually amazed at what a good workout it is.  I leave every class pretty worn out and sweaty.  Most days I plan it so that I can do a full weight workout beforehand and then take the hour long Tae Kwon Do class.  Yeah, that has made for some pretty awesome grunting from me when he decided to kill us with pushups after I did a full chest/tricep workout or when I died doing squats after a full legs workout.

It is so worth it, though.  The look on my son’s face each class is priceless and urges me on.  It is all about him.  He loves having his Mom right there beside him doing the forms with him.  He will occasionally look over and say, “It is okay, Mom.  You will get it.  I will help you practice at home.” I love him!

So, what is the point of this long winded narrative?

I am learning to try new things.  I do get stuck in my rut.  I know it.  And it helps the body to try new things. I am learning new ways to stretch.  My body is learning new ways to move instead of the typical push/pull/lift.   I know this will improve my overall fitness.  And you know what? I think I am actually starting to like it. 🙂

Here is the form I will have to do all by myself if I want to graduate to the yellow belt.  Little Bodybuilder’s test will be a bit shorter.

What are trying that is new?  Why?  What do you think?

Let me know!!

Tae Kwon Do: A Mother-Son Thing

My Fitness Bucket List

Have you ever made a bucket list? You know, a list of things you want to do before you die. I have one for my life in general but just recently I was thinking about my bucket list for fitness.

Here you go…

  • Compete in some kind of fitness competition (powerlifting, bodybuilding, etc.)
  • Finish a Mud Run
  • Run a marathon
  • Attend the Kona Ironman Triathlon as a spectator and/or volunteer
  • Crew for someone running an ultra-marathon
  • Be a spectator at the Western States 100 Miles Endurance Run. I could fulfill two items if I crewed for someone at this race.
  • Attend the Crossfit games.
  • Attend the Arnold Festival
  • Attend the Olympia Weekend
  • Be a vendor at either the Arnold or the Olympia
  • Learn how to do long distance cycling.
  • Finish a century on a bike.
  • Learn as much as I can about personal training and nutrition.
  • Help people with the knowledge I gain.
  • Perform unassisted pull-ups for reps
  • Deadlift twice my bodyweight. I think I need reduce my weight a bit to make this one feasible. 😉
  • Master jump roping
  • Perform a handstand pushup
  • Perform a one-handed pushup
  • Join a Crossfit Box
  • Start doing yoga

I am sure I will think of other things but that is it for now.

Do you have any big goals for your fitness?

My Fitness Bucket List

Make it FUN!!!

Some of the topics on here have been a bit deep and serious. Whoo! That can be tiring. So, I wanted to take a moment and lighten it up a bit.

You know what is so important to fitness and makin it last? You have got to have FUN!!! Let go of your worries and just rock it. You need to get the workout done so why not rock it?

Let’s take this example….

This guy is having a fun and he doesn’t care what anyone is thinking or doing. 🙂

I confess I could probably film my own version of this video somedays in the gym. There have been plenty of days when I am training alone and have my music on. The music is rocking, the endorphins are flowing, and I just can’t help dancing. Yeah, I probably look like a fool but I am having fun and loving my workout. My fellow gym patrons are probably thinking, “Oh boy! There she goes again.” I don’t care. I hope it can be contagious. Because, honestly I think people need to get over themselves and stop being so serious. Life is short.

What else can you do? Take a fun class. Go for a run with the kids in tow. Go bike riding with family. Play an outside game. Switch up your routine and learn something new. Dance at the gym. Train with friend who will joke with you.

Get your workout done. Train hard. But, make it fun. If it isn’t fun you won’t stick to it.

Anyone want to come dance with me at the gym tonight? 🙂

The gym needs a few more of these guys…

Make it FUN!!!