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And a return to the gym it was…

So yesterday I told y’all (yup, sometimes you just have to use that word because it’s just easier) that I would be going to the gym that evening. I haven’t been to the gym in FOREVER. I decided that when I do go to the gyms for the month of July (my get back into butt kicking shape month) that I will work a lot on my arms, and won’t just run some miles like I used too. I always used to go to the gym and run and do cardio, and then would do weights and machines but for a very limited amount of time. I wasn’t really¬† using the gym in the best possible way for myself since running is cardio and I do that MUCH more than I do weights, so going to the gym and doing cardio was pretty dumb on my part. Well, you live and learn I guess.

So yesterday I took part in the freak show that many of you refer to as the gym. I immediately was greeted by the strong odor of stinky machines, stinky boys and dirty girls. Maybe it’s just my gym but there are some real dirty girls there. The gym I go to is meat market central. Entertaining but yucky. I stuck to my plan of fore-going the dreadmill and bike, and just went straight to the weights section to build these little t-rex arms up. So I started with the row. I love the row. 3 sets of 10 doing 50 lbs. Then I did some free weights. This is where the guys are far to muscular and start to freak me out. Anyone who can lift over 75 lbs is scary. So there are guys over there doing shoulder shrugs wearing tank tops and their muscles are as big as my head. I got the 10 lbs weights and did some chest presses with them. Then I did some sit-ups with the 10 lb weight in between my feet while I was laying on the bench. Those burn. A lot. Sometimes I wish I could wear sunglasses at the gym so I could just stare at everyone.

Then it was machine time. I go over to the cable cross, quite possibly my most favorite machine. I like to do an exercise called the ‘woodchop’ on this machine. So I do one set of 10 on one side and this guy comes and stands and watches me, apparently waiting for the machine. Now these ones kick my butt and are really hard for me and work pretty much all muscles that I don’t have in my body. So I asked him if he wants to work in with me since I still have two more sets left and I like to take a mini break in the between because I feel like I could die. He said, “No, No it’s okay, I’m going to change everything up on the machine so I’ll just wait until you’re done.” Okay, now, that is very kind of him, but it’s also creepy because there he stands as I am finishing up my last two sets. Lose-lose situation here people.

Then I do calf raises, where I had forgotten that they totally ruin my shoulders and the weight pressing down on them breaks the area under the skin so now it looks like my shoulders have hickies on them, sweet. Then I did some more machines and then the delightful 20 push ups and 200 sit ups. The sit ups hurt. I haven’t done them in a while and I’m happy to be back on the fitness train. Then we have the lovely push-ups. Push-ups are really hard for me and after 15, my arms were shaking. Then I went home and watched the horribleness that was the Bachelorette. On the way home, I was pleasantly surprised with this lovely sunset though. I can’t wait until this weekend and Baby Koo’s 21st birthday! It’s going to be so much fun!


Now that I’ve made you all insanely jealous of where I reside, I will also tell you that the sunrise this morning was just as great and I did get up and run 2 miles. My arms are barely functional though. Hopefully tonight I’ll get the chance to run a few miles with Mr. R, but who knows, I could be persuaded by food. :) Thursday I have my hill workout that I am looking forward too. I will try to have my iPhone review ready for you by tomorrow. I am just going to say though that I do like it a lot, and the upgrades are pretty sweet.

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