Wednesday, April 1, 2015
My New Oasis
This is something I never thought I would say BUT I love going to the gym. Yes, the place that many people hate going to. The place that I use to hate going to. It took me a few visits for me to grow to love it but now we are lovers. Every day I look forward to my hour of Ashley time.
There are no kids there! I love kids. Hey, I even have my own little munchkin that I adore. No matter where else I go there are kids...work, the store, a restaurant, Facebook, home. My life is all about kids and I love my job as teacher and mother but man is it nice to have an hour where I am surrounded by myself. Earbuds go in and just like that, it is just me.
I live in a very small town so the gym is never busy. The most people that have been in there at the same time as me was four. It's a great gym and even comes with free tanning.
Currently, I am doing the couch to 5k program. After the first week my body seemed to fall in pace with the workout. My mind and body was enjoying it and I didn't feel like I was dying. Once I finish the cardio workout I hit the weight machines. I focus on my arms one day and my legs the next. Most days I go into the tanning bed for a few minutes. I don't want to look like one of those too tan gals but I enjoy a little color. Plus, I really love laying in the heat and just relaxing after my workout.
The other day I saw a friend there (she has 3 girls) and she confessed that sometimes she just comes up there, lays in the ab lounger, and watches Criminal Minds (they have a DVR where you can record shows). Great idea friend, great idea!
I'm to the point now where my body and mind crave the gym. I'm anxious to get there. I know how great I feel during and afterwards. Now instead of coming home from work feeling like I have to push myself to get things done, I now go to the gym and feel energized after I leave. Although I am spending an hour less with Jack each day, I feel like the benefits of my energy make up for that hour. Once I come home from the gym I have all the energy I need to play with my little guy and get the things done that need to be done each night.
My new oasis is physically and mentally making me happy. I love having a place for me and the scale is starting to not scream so loudly.
Do you have your own personal oasis?