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Having a Ball!

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Yesterday will go on record as one of the best Fridays I've had in a while.

Hubs and and I woke up, ate some breakfast and then headed out for our busy day. First stop? The muffler shop. I know, you're all SO jealous, right? *lol* 84 bucks later and with a new muffler on the front part of my van, we were off again, this time to Wal-Mart. We picked up 2 tennis rackets and a bag of balls before heading up to the park.

My sexy man with his new tennis racket.

Hubs says I trash talk too much on the court. *lol* I was just having fun, kidding around a bit, sure, and rejoicing when I actually did something right. It was fun! A LOT of fun! And I can't wait to do it again!

I've learned that my short hair can be a PITA when the wind is blowing really hard and you're trying to concentrate on where the ball is.

We played for almost an hour and, I was right, most of our time was spent chasing missed balls. *lol* But I did hit one. Actually, I hit a lot more than one! My backhand sucks mostly, but I think a lot of people have that problem. By the end of the hour, though, most of my serves were landing in and we had worked our way up to a serve-return-return. Three, that's the most we could do. *lol* Then either one or the both of us would totally screw it up. So my goal for next time is to get to a four. Serve - return - return - return. I also think it might be fun to play with my friend AM who actually knows how to play tennis! *lol*

After tennis, Hubs and I headed to lunch at a local Italian and steak joint. We were hoping they would have lunch prices, since their regular dinner prices are quite high. Nope. No lunch prices or sizes. *sigh* While Hubs really enjoyed his corned beef and kraut sandwich, I had a ground sirloin patty with steamed veggies and a baked potato. It was good, but not good enough to spend the money again at that place! (Plus, the service kinda sucked.) Next time we'll pick someplace different, I'm sure.

Once the boys got home I was off for another adventure. A couple days ago Logan had asked me how much I paid for a month membership to the gym. The next day he came to me and said, "Mom, can you take me to the gym with you?" When I asked him why he said, "Because I have exactly 38 dollars and I want to sign up for the gym." I admit I was a little worried, but when I asked him why he said, "Because I want to get rid of this" and pointed to his gut...but then started talking about racquetball. AH! So that's the REAL reason.

So I took him with me to the gym to see what their rules were for 11 year olds. He was so cute! He brought a pencil box with all his change and the money he had saved from his birthday. Turns out it was only 10 bucks more a month to add him to my account. They prorated it for this month and he paid 4.80 for his membership and got a little card and everything.

Now before I get the criticism that I shouldn't encourage "working out" for my 11 year old (who isn't at all fat), I have to say something. I thought to myself for a minute that the gym is not a place to play. It's serious business getting in shape. And then I thought, wouldn't it be great if it WAS fun? Wouldn't it be great to think of the gym as a place to play? Wouldn't it be nice to not be so serious about it? Wouldn't this all be much more fun to do if as kids we'd been taught that getting into shape is a cool, fun thing? So while I did set the rule that he couldn't go in the weightlifting/free weight area and to not do anything without me around showing him how first (so he doesn't hurt himself), I didn't set any rules and didn't make it seem serious.

We biked for 20 minutes, did crunches, pushups and then he tried the elliptical, the cable machine, the stairstepper and the treadmill. Then we played racquetball, which was a TON of fun.

What I learned yesterday is that it's actually FUN to get in shape sometimes! Tennis, racquetball, sharing the gym experience with my son - it was all a ton of fun! I hope that I can incorporate more fun things into my fitness because it really makes me feel lighter on my feet.

Today is the day when I have a ton to do and don't want to do any of it right now. *lol*

To-Do List:
* Grocery Shopping
* Clean and detail the van
* C25k attempt
* Football with the little man
* Possible racquetball or tennis match with the kiddos
* A little batch cooking for the week
* A TON of laundry

Should be an interesting day! The MCL has been going well. I had a little bigger dinner last night because I was hungry after so much exercise, but I was still under my goals. And today the scale is being so stingy! I want that 349 so bad! Today? 350.0! GRRR! *lol* Still, it's finally moving in the right direction again, which makes me very happy!

Hope you all have a great weekend! Make sure to have some FUN this weekend!!
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    I don't think it's bad at all that you took him to the gym! Especially when it was his idea! Your boys obviously love you VERY much and are excited about what you're doing, so why not involve them? I love that you had so much fun over the weekend!!! What a great thing to do :)
    3866 days ago
    I don't know, I think it's great that you had your son at the gym. I think encouraging a healthy attitude towards fitness is a very good thing. You get bonus points for that!
    3866 days ago
    I know people sometimes criticize when parents bring their children to the gym, but I completely agree with you that this is nothing but a GREAT experience for your son!!! You are helping to foster such an important aspect of life! What a great experience for him to develop a life-long appreciation for health and fitness! He's obviously seen the transformation that mom has made, and you've done a great job of showing him not only the physical benefits of health and fitness, but joy it can bring. I think the boundaries you set are perfect--he is lucky to have such a great role model. Keep up the great work!
    3867 days ago
    I think it's great that he wanted to join the gym with you :) You're obviously leading by example. Getting into shape HAS to be fun (for me) or I'd never do it.
    3868 days ago
    The fact that your son sees you doing this, so it must be cool and he wants to do it too?
    3868 days ago
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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing! I don't think you should get any criticism about your son and the gym. I recently joined the Y and there are a LOT of kids using the equipment during the days and nights. I think it's great that you're a positive influence on him. You're doing great.

    As for the tennis I'm glad to hear you liked it!! My fiance played tennis when he was younger and had always asked me to play with him. Just a couple months ago I went and got myself a cheap racket and a bag of balls. We love to go to the tennis courts and just goof around. I'm completely terrible, but it's so fun it barely seems like exercise. Normally we just serve back and forth to each other because I'm terrible at returning. Practice makes close to perfect though.
    3868 days ago
    Great example for your sons, my girls know how to train, to eat right & make sure they drink plenty of water a day. You had a great workout with your son and hubby WTG !!!!
    3868 days ago
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    This journey can only be better if shared with the ones you love!

    I agree, no weights for an eleven year old, but the gym is a great place for him to hang out!!! There is a lot he can do!

    Have a wonderful weekend, hope your arms aren't too sore after two raquet sports in one day!!!
    3868 days ago
    Actually, I think EDUCATING children on what is healthy and what isn't should create no criticism. It's better than not encouraging anything... and I, for one, wish my parents had been good examples. I think you are amazing, and what you are doing IS being an example to your son.

    Awesome and standing ovation.
    3868 days ago
  • MAIA2011
    You had such a good day! I think it is so fun that your gym allows youngsters. A lot of them don't. Good luck with your to-dos. I have to do the same thing except I am not together enough to do batch cooking. Costco here I come!
    3868 days ago
    You ROCK, my friend! Awesome blog post and awesome attitude. You're and inspiration - keep it up.

    Don't worry - those lbs will be flyin' off soon!

    3868 days ago
    emoticon Fantastic blog! You look wonderful and so does your hubs! I am so impressed that after only a few hours you were doing so well. I am a true tennis klutz.
    Our YMCA here has lots of stuff for the kids so they do get the idea that the gym is a fun place to go! It has a climbing wall as well as lots of activities for them. sounds to me like you did just the right thing for Logan. He's such a cutie! emoticon
    3868 days ago
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