Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Free Time

My week off from the gym is over. It went by a lot faster than I thought it would!

For the first two days, I felt really lost. Not that I missed the gym - because I actually didn't! But because my normal routine was all thrown off. After work, instead of heading straight to the gym, I headed home and then wandered aimlessly around the house. I wondered what people who don't go to the gym after work do in the evenings. Do they clean? Do they plop on the couch and stare at the TV? Do they go shopping? Do they do laundry? They have SO much free time! And for the record, anyone who doesn't go to the gym in the evening has NO reason to complain about never having enough time to do things. There are hours and HOURS of free time after work! I discovered them last week!

On Monday, I had no evening plan. When I got home after work, I petted the animals and then stood in the middle of the living room, feeling completely lost. I had no idea what to do! I felt like I should do cardio or go for a run, but those activities were prohibited for the week. I ended up planning out an approach for a new phase of healthy eating. It was actually kinda fun!

On Tuesday, I stopped by the grocery store and came home armed with some new recipes to try. I spent all evening putzing around in the kitchen, making odd creations and concoctions that I later discovered went directly against the meal plan I'd created the night before. Fail.

I decided that since I had free time, I may as well pamper myself. So I got a pedi and then went tanning on Wednesday evening.

Neon Pink. I'm all about Klass!
I also wanted to do something nice for J, so I made him dinner for the first time in our history of dating (I'm not the most domestic of women). When he walked into the house after work, he heard our song playing and saw a candlelit dinner on the table. He was floored! It felt so wonderful to see how happy and surprised he was.

A couple weeks ago, I won my Toastmasters Club's Speech Contest in the Table Topics category, so I was qualified to compete at the next level contest - the Area contest. The contest was on Thursday evening in Virginia. On Wednesday morning, I learned that I had an opportunity to take the place of a fellow club member and compete in the Humorous Speech category as well. I wrote a new speech on Wednesday, practiced it for J on Wednesday evening, and gave the speech at the contest.

Oddly enough, I didn't place well in the Table Topics category, but I DID win the Humorous Speech! I was shocked! I even got a trophy!

Hooray for a trophy!
On Friday evening, instead of training before my front desk shift at the gym, I ran a few errands. Then I just chilled at the front desk, as usual.

I didn't go to Bikram Yoga, as I've been doing for the past few weeks. I went for a walk around our neighborhood, then relaxed with a book.

All in all, it was a great week! It felt great to rest and relax. And also to do something nice for J! I didn't miss the gym; I knew I wouldn't. I honestly don't understand people who MISS going to the gym. For me, more often than not, it feels like when I'm there, I have a JOB to do. I'm working hard to continually shape my physique, so sometimes, the things I do in the gym aren't enjoyable to me. They are, however, effective. And I continue to do them because the end result is worth it to me. But I do loves me some time off!

Yesterday was my first day back in the gym, and I had a great workout! I'm re-energized and re-motivated to get my beastmode on again!

Do you take time off from the gym? Do you miss it? What do you do with all your free time?


  1. Congrats on the win. I've been thinking about toastmasters myself. how was it when you first started?

    This post was so funny, having free time was just so foreign for you lol.

  2. I love Toastmasters! I just joined in May. It's a fun, non-judgmental environment for me to practice public speaking. I was terrified at first, but now I really look forward to giving speeches.

  3. Congratulations on your win!

    I feel lost when I have free time too. :)