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Looking back at 2015, it was a bit of an ‘up and down’ year for me, if you will, in terms of fitness. While the first few months of the year were fairly normal, we then started getting into quite a few changes that had an impact on when, where, and how I worked out.
We sold our house in April, which gave us about a month and a half to pack, prep, and move out. During this transition, a lot of my fitness equipment was either moved around or packed away, so I didn’t have access to all that I usually do.
When we moved out at the end of May and moved in with friends, my fitness routine changed quite a bit. I didn’t really have much room to do many of the DVD’s I had been doing, but I did have access to their basement gym, so I had fun switching it up using the new equipment.
When we then moved in with my parents, I had also then discovered our miscarriage and we had our scheduled d&c. So there were a couple of weeks where there wasn’t much fitness happening, and when I did start back up, I went back to mostly DVD workouts (like BodyPump!).
In August, we finally moved into our own house! I set up my totally random “workout area” in the dusty basement, and started doing a mix of DVD workouts and circuit strength workouts.
At the end of September, I found out I was pregnant. Since my first pregnancy did not involve much in terms of strenuous exercise (due to recovering from HA), I was a bit nervous on how to proceed with workouts this time around. After talking to my doctor, she reassured me that I would be fine doing what I had been, with modifications if/when needed.
That didn’t matter much because by mid-October, my all day nausea had set in and there was about two solid months where fitness wasn’t happening much at all. Finally, around the beginning of December, I started getting my mojo back and have been feeling great ever since.
So with that whole trip down memory lane, I guess my point is to say that, despite the ups and downs and chaos that happened in 2015, I still managed to keep fitness fun. When I did feel up to it, and when I did have the time for it, it was something I looked forward to and legitimately enjoyed. And that is my goal for 2016: to keep fitness fun and exciting.
Granted, 2016 will no doubt be interesting in terms of fitness, since there’s that whole new baby thing happening in June. My hope is to continue to exercise for as long as my body will let me, and when it tells me that it’s time to slow things down, then I’ll do just that.
Once the baby arrives? Well, I’m going to have to navigate that one when we get there. You guys know that early morning workouts are my jam, but with a newborn, they aren’t always feasible. Middle of the day workouts are alright, but since I’ll likely be going back to work about 12 weeks after the baby arrives (stupid US maternity leave…) that won’t be an option for very long. But again, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Jay and I were talking a couple of weeks ago about our goals for the new year and whatnot, and we got on the subject of fitness and exercise. By nature, Jay doesn’t totally love working out. He’s not an early morning workout kind of person, and when he gets home from work, he’d rather spend time with us (not that I’m complaining!) or work on whatever project he likely has going on.
He knows that he wants to get back into something, but since we don’t plan on getting a gym membership anytime soon, our options are limited to what we have at home.
I also agreed that, while I love doing the various workout DVD’s that I have, or videos online, I do occasionally miss the gym setting and different weight selections and machines that it offers. So we started doing a little bit of research.
This month, as a part of being a member of the Sears Blogger Squad, I was gifted a $100 gift card to use towards something new from Sears that would help me achieve my New Year’s goals. And after chatting more with Jay, we agreed that a new weight system would be a fun and worthwhile investment. Soooo…
We ended up purchasing the Weider Pro 6900 Weight System (which is currently on sale for $299.99!) from Sears.com and utilized Sears’ In-Vehicle Pick Up service to pick it up from our local store (as opposed to having to pay an additional $69.99 for shipping). While it was a bit of a process to actually get the box home (thank goodness for friends with pick-up trucks…the box was huge!), it was well worth the money saved.
Jay spent some time over the weekend putting it together (again, a bit of a process!), and we actually still have a few last pieces to check out.
But now we’re the proud owners of a brand-spankin’ new weight system. And I’m SO excited!! Plus, we’ve changed our basement plans a bit to have a separate workout room, which I think is just going to be awesome. Who needs a gym membership?!
Part of keeping fitness FUN for me, is keeping up a variety. And sure, while I have a good variety of workout DVD’s to choose from, it’s nice to have something different other than watching a video. I can’t wait to put together some new circuit workouts to do…and if/when I do come up with some, I’ll try to share!
Jay is looking forward to getting back into some weight lifting again, and I’m thinking that the new equipment will be a great motivator for him, too.
As for Sears, did you guys know that they’re America’s #1 fitness retailer? You can find tons of great brands like NordicTrack, Life Fitness, or Weider (just to name a few), and they always carry a huge selection of fitness equipment and sporting goods in store and on Sears.com. Everything from treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, weight sets and more so you can easily and affordably create a personal gym in your own home. Like us. ;)
And to help you get started…
Sears is offering a very generous $100 gift card to a lucky STSL reader!
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what you’d use the $100 gift card towards and/or what one of your 2016 goals/resolutions is!
I’ll choose a random winner on Monday, January 18th. Good Luck!
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Sears Blogger Squad and was compensated for this post. All opinions, as always, are my own. Thank you for your continued support of STSL! <3