Embrace the Emptiness

I used to have a n i g h t m a r e of schedule…with work travel, long work days, horrible work hours, training for a competitive sport, competing itself and…heaven forbid!...sleeping…I really didn’t have time to workout.  But for me, that was really rough, because I’m an ultra active person – being fit, healthy and strong matters to me, not only for the physical benefits, but for the mental, psychological, emotional and spiritual.  

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And no, dancing is NOT the kind of workout I mean – it’s wonderful, don’t get me wrong, and it was my competitive sport for many years.  Our routines and competition run-throughs were exhausting…but it was not the level of “exercise” that I needed, or that I was used to.

Growing up, I was on the ice for hours and hours a day, six to seven days a week – morning, afternoon and night.  Didn’t stop for seasons, or holidays…or anything else.  I would squeeze it in before school, and I’d do homework and eat at the rink after school.  It was incredibly intense, and it kept me in the best shape of my Life. While I am no longer a little kid, with ultra-metabolism and that kind of regime, I still manage to workout at least five times a week.  I am incredibly thankful for it.  My days in Fashion pretty much zapped any extra time I might have had – two days of lifting and I was lucky.

It was at the age of 13 my skating coach recommended I start weight lifting.  It was also completely under duress that I stepped into a gym at all but…I fell in love with it. ❤

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Over the course of 23 years of lifting, I’ve recognized just how “social” some places tend to get, though.  I will be the one person smiling and cheerful, while hitting the iron (heavy, with her iPod blaring!)…but I am not there to “socialize.”  I don’t want to hear gossip or drama, or personal business about someone who isn’t a close friend – I’m there to lift, maybe to inspire, and to be inspired.  It is part of my Lifestyle, and I love being there.

That said, because of that “socializing” stuff…I prefer the gym as empty as possible!  The less people, the better (I wouldn’t be surprised if many of you agreed with that!)  It also ties into my post about gym etiquette, because who wants to ask the air if it’s using the machine with the sweaty towels draped over it?  (You know, THAT guy, the one who likes to put dirty towels on several machines at once in effort to commandeer them?  You’ll be standing there a while looking around…until you sit down, that is.  Then “he” will be like a bee to honey!)

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I love my workouts.  I love to inspire, if I have the fortune to do so.  I love to see the friends I do have at the gym.  But I’m not there to sit down with a coffee and chat…so it makes Life easier when the whole place is at my mercy (or yours, if YOU have the good grace of marching in solo! 🙂 ) 

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