I’ve been a regular in the free weights area of the gym for 7 months now. I get in, I get out, and I’m pretty comfortable feeling my way around and knowing what I need to do and what equipment to use to achieve that. That doesn’t mean I know everything. Not even close. I have my embarrassing ‘duh!’ moments, just like everyone else.
For example, this morning I was struggling to lift one of the pre-weighted barbells over my head for squats, when a nice gentlemen saw me struggling and asked if I was doing squats. I replied yes and told him how I was following the NROLFW program. He listened and smiled, then turned me towards the barbell squat rack where I could add as much weight I wanted to either side and not worry about lifting the bar over my head.
This is the part in the story where I turn beet red and smack myself in a ‘Duh, Meghann!’ moment. I knew this equipment existed and I knew it was for squats, but I have no idea why it didn’t occur to me load the barbell there for the squats I was doing.
I moved on to the barbell squat rack and was able to add 50% more weight because I didn’t have to worry about lifting the bar over my head. Ahhh… why did it not occur to me to move on to this machine before?
The sad part is I probably would have continued struggling with lifting the bar over my head if it wasn’t for the sweet guy who spoke up and showed me my error. If he noticed, I’m sure others had too and I must have been a sight to see to the other gym goers in the room. That feeling of embarrassment is there, but I can’t go back and change it now. Shrug it off and move on, right?
Have you ever had a ‘duh!’ moment at the gym? I know I’ve had plenty. This was just ONE example, but that’s how I learn – make mistakes and move on.
I was at the gym an hour earlier than normal so I could squeeze in my session of NROLFW 6A before our flight. I walked on the treadmill, lifted my weights, then booked it home to shower, eat breakfast, and finish packing.
Derek stayed up all night packing so he could sleep in. I went to bed early so i could get up early and finish packing in the morning. I’m not sure which philosophy is better, but each way worked for us.
Since I was in a bit of rush, breakfast was just a quick bowl of cereal.
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Cheerios
- 1/2 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares
- Plain Chobani
- Chocolate Somersaults
I also had a few bites of the donuts that Derek’s brother brought when he picked us up. They were ok. I’m not a huge fan of yeast donuts – I’m more of a cake donut girl myself.
Now Derek and I are waiting to board our flight and be on our way to NYC.
I’ll see ya in the Big Apple!