Leading off with 3 things:
- Current song in my head: “Everybody wants to rule the world” – Tears for Fears (I have no idea why or how this got in my head this afternoon, but now it’s yours. You’re welcome.)
- Recent CBus adventure: Sunday afternoon, the Huz and I went to Pins Mechanical Co. downtown. He’d been there already with friends, and some other friends had told me I needed to get there. It was hipster-rific and very cool. Lots of pinball machines, duckpin bowling, ping-pong, giant Jenga and lots beers on tap, along with of different spaces to sit, stand and hang out. They don’t have a food menu, but they have rotating food trucks to serve up snacks. During our visit, they seemed busy (several families there – I always take note when fun places are niece and nephew-friendly) but Steve said when he was there Thursday night it was too crowded to move.
- West Virginia fun fact: The Shoney’s restaurant chain was started as a drive-in restaurant in Charleston, WV in 1947. It became known as the “Big Boy Restaurant” chain 5 years later, but that name only lasted 3 years until it returned to the Shoney’s name – a nod to its founder Founder Alex Schoenbaum.
Hi, everybody! I’m closing in on two weeks of funemployment in the great metro area of Columbus, OH, and if you know me at all, you know I’m honest to a fault. So I’m here to tell you … it’s been really enjoyable so far. I promised my dear friend Steve Hicks I’d start a blog to force myself to keep writing, so here we are. I may be singing a different tune next week, but it’s been a peaceful change of pace for my main priority to be which gym class I’m doing that day.
My gym families were a big part of my life in Charleston, WV (Brickhouse Cardio Club for HIIT classes 2-3 times a week and Grind Time Training for weight training and conditioning 3x/week) so finding a new gym routine was really important to me. I tried an Orangetheory class for the first time last week, and it was HARD! You strap on a heart rate monitor under your sports bra (when you join, you get a brand-new monitor of your very own) and the goal is to get 12 minutes in the orange zone to hit peak fat burning. You can see your color and your “score” on a giant monitor at the front of the room the entire class. We cycled through a rowing machine, treadmill, and body-weight floor moves (mountain climbers, burpees, push-ups, etc.) to ratchet up the heart rate, then take a breather. I’m going back tomorrow but I don’t think I’ll be joining or doing it regularly. It’s a little farther from home than I want to be traveling every day, and even though your workout changes each time, I think I want more variety.
I did join Lifetime Fitness, and I’d never heard of this franchise before my Columbus-area gym search, but if you’re into gyms and you get a chance to try one out, do it. I joined the Pickerington gym, which I believe is a “Bronze” level gym – that means it doesn’t have the super-extra features like a salon or rock-climbing wall. But it is convenient, clean and friendly. I’ve done yoga (it wasn’t even hot yoga, and I was SWEATY!), barbell fitness (a lot like Les Mills Bodypump but slower, more deliberate lifts), cardio kickboxing (like Zumba mixed with Tae-Bo!) and a few other classes so far. It’s given me exactly what I wanted – variety, routine and a reason to leave the apartment every day. And on my way back home each day, I’ve tried to run an errand or take a detour so I learn something new about my area. Granted, one of those lessons was how you can get an extra % off the Gold Star Clearance at Kohl’s, but, honestly, what’s wrong with that? 🙂