Finding Space

spaceHow do you do it?  How do you find space for yourself?  I currently live in a house full of people.  There are usually only two and at times three but she is usually off at college.  Right now I find myself with 4 people in a small house and two large cats.  Sometimes I just need to find some space.  I often find it difficult though and I begin to become resentful.  Resentful that I have been invaded with no end in sight for one and the other will be going back to school at the end of August.  In my head I’m screaming “I want my house back!” but on the outside I am just a grump-a-saurusrex.

So how do you find space… I have found going to work is my space.  It’s my little closet/office that I can close the door and look out the window and relax a little.  I say a little because I only get to do this for a short amount of time due to having clients all day long but I will take it.

I find space in my car.  It’s like my own personal living room.  The windshield is my tv where I look out and see what crazy things people do and sometimes I just shake my head while at other times I talk out loud to myself usually directed at them!

Best of all, space is discovered when I am out on a run.  I don’t listen to music.   I listen to my feetrun hitting the ground.  I listen to what my body is trying to tell me with the various pains and adjust in response.  I listen to the sounds of nature or if at the gym the sounds of unusual silence.  I know weird right.  The gym is quiet but only because all the people, usually about 20 people, are all plugged into headphones and no one is talking.  They are all focused on what they are doing.  Maybe this is their way of finding space.

Sometimes I find I need more space than other times.  This does not mean I don’t love my family, it means I need to take time to take care of myself.  I find I do this best when I have had some “me time”.  I always encourage my clients to take some time for themselves because if they are not in great space, then they can become grump-a-saurusrexs and I don’t know about you but that is not my favorite feeling in the world.

I encourage you to take some space.  I’m going to try and find some more space for myself this week so I am easier to live with in my little house with lots of people and my two big boned cats.

How do you find space for yourself?

Done, Done, Done…30/30

Yippee we have made it through another exercise a day and blog a day month of June!  I don’t know about you but I am happy to say I made it and it wasn’t so bad.  Today I ended with a cross-train/rest day.  Or in other translation, what the heck am I supposed to do to cross train, let’s go to the gym and find something!  So that is what I did.  Headed off to the gym after work.  One big advantage I had though, it was free chair massage monday.  So guess who got some exercise in and a nice little back rub!  Yep that’s right, ME!!!

So my Juneathon ended like this:

10 min bike ride

3 sets of 12 – leg presses  and calf raises(140, 160, 170lbs)

2 – 1 min. planks

2 sets of 30 – crunches, side crunches

2 sets of 15 – clamshells, leg lifts

2 sets of 12 – bent over rows, upright rows, rotating bicep curls – 15lbs

60 squats with 10lbs chair massage

And don’t forget the 15 min chair massage!  Great way to end Juneathon.  I hope yours was great too!

Happy 30th day of Juneathon!!!!


Finishing up strong through the weekend…6/28 and 6/29

The end is near and I don’t know about you but I’m ready to slack a little bit.  So in the effort to slack a little bit here is my weekend Junathon update:

Saturday: 6/28

6.59 mile run, 45 min kayak ride

Sunday: 6/29

10 mile treadmill run at the gym

Finishing up strong but glad to almost done.

Happy 29th day of Juneathon!

Friday Fun

Same destination as last friday and almost the same weather.  Gorgeous!

Same destination as last friday and almost the same weather. Gorgeous!

Nothing like getting out of work early on Friday’s.  This is another thing I love about my job, I get to leave early on Friday!  Today I was done by 2pm and out for a run by 2:45pm.  The weather was beautiful and the run, well the run was… the run was a run and I will count it as done!

We are headed out soon for some quality time at the lake and enjoying some sun and fun and maybe some exercise.

Juneathon is almost done too.  Here is today’s update:

3.17 mile trail run – 8:45 pace – SLOW

Happy 27th day of Juneathon!

Change of Plans… 26/30

My workout journal.  Love to fill it with progress.

My workout journal. Love to fill it with progress.

Today was the day.  The day I actually make it to a track work out.  I haven’t done one of those since I was in track for a brief amount of time a long, long, long time ago.  So basically I don’t remember what they are even like which is probably why I wanted to go so bad.

Well by the title I bet you can guess what happened……. It rained.  Or at least it was raining at my house when it was time to go so I figured it would be canceled.  I was also thinking on my way home from work if it is still raining when I get home, I will go to the gym.  Well change of plans there too…… the power was out.  I know I could work out at the gym no problem because there are a ton of windows but the one we belong to is 24 hours and the doors are electronic, so no going to the gym.  So did I work out?  Well of course.  No run but I did some stuff in my bedroom which was about 80 degrees and humid so I think it adds a little “hot yoga” type of feel.  It also made me only last for 2 sets of things instead of 3 but hey, at least I did something.

I like to think that I get extra credit for pushing through all those obstacles and still getting a work out in.  So whoever is awarding points, make sure you give me some bonus ones!  :-)

Here is the Juneathon update:

2- 1min planks

2 sets of 30 crunches, side crunches

2 sets of 12 clamshells, leg lifts, bridges

2 sets of 30 lunges with 10lb weights

60 squats with 10lbs weights

2 sets of 12  with 10lbs weights bent over rows, upright rows, bicep curls, tricep arm exercises, overhead lifts

Another day closer to the end of Juneathon and another day of exercise complete!

Hope you had a great 26th day of Juneathon!