Converting Vacant Rooms Into Gyms!

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So, if you follow my blog, you know I’m always looking for ways to improve myself. When I am not investing, researching, or spending time with my family, I’m trying to figure out how to be pain-free. Last year I purchased a treadmill and stored it in my bedroom. I soon figured out that it was taking up too much space. It was hard to maneuver, which complicated the process of working out.

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I knew I wanted to work out, but I didn’t want to injure myself by moving the treadmill from place to place. So, I told my husband that I wanted to move the treadmill downstairs and create a home gym. We purchased a TV, center stand, and exercise bike to accompany the treadmill. My family, like many other families, added extra pounds during COVID.

A lot of people are looking at expensive treadmills and bikes right now. Some of the bikes and treadmills on the market today could set you back thousands. I decided to keep it simple! I purchased my bike, a Weslo Pursuit R 4.1 Recumbent bike, from Walmarts. It was under $200 bucks! My treadmill is a ProForm Cadence LT Treadmill from Acadamy, and it was under $450. We went simple with the TV and the stand! The stand was less than $100 bucks, and the TV was around $200!

For the price people pay for one piece of equipment, I was able to convert my own home gym. If you are looking to buy your own equipment, there are a few things you need to consider. You need to check out the weight limit! Some treadmills and bikes aren’t safe for people over a certain weight limit. You also need to know if your equipment will be hard on prior injuries. There are some bikes that aren’t good for people with back injuries, or knee injuries.

My recumbent bike has been great on my knees! I’m able to bang out miles without pain. However, that isn’t the same outcome for some people. Make sure you talk to a doctor before you decide to undergo any new exercise routine. I just wanted to give you an update before I hit the shower. Don’t give up on your weight goals, and remember life is what you make it.

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As always, I am just a person behind the computer! Have fun.

Always Advancing

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These last few weeks have been a crazy time for many of us who invest in cryptocurrency. I decided to invest some of my income tax money into my Robinhood acct, and it paid off. So let me start with the updates!!

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I am feeling spectacular since my weight is going back down. I have started back mowing the lawn! Yes, I can do the yard again because my knee doesn’t hurt anymore. I have managed to stay active, and I started back playing ARK. I purchased my server. It funny, I’m jumping in bed like a little kid when I lay down at night because I can!!!! So, yes, I am feeling good! Activity is the key, stay active, and you will stay young.

Now, on the topic of cryptocurrency!! I am trying to get my daughter into it because I feel like we are standing on the edge of something earthshattering; when it comes to our financial future. I sent her some money and told her to invest it in crypto. At this point, I do not invest large sums of money because I am conservative with my money.

I have over 15k shares of Dogecoin which means if it goes up, I will make money. If Dogecoin were to hit at least 50 bucks, I would have over half a million dollars. So, I am no financial advisor, but if investing 1200 dollars gives me a chance to get almost half a million bucks at 50 dollars per coin, I am not selling. If there is even a grain of a shot, I want to explore it. My dream would be to see Dogecoin reach about 100 bucks per coin because it would make me a millionaire. Right now, I am just patiently waiting and hoping that just maybe 1200 dollars turned out to be the start of something mind-blowing.

I started with 1200 invested in Doge and now I quadrupled that! So, I am a happy little camper! So, that’s me in a nutshell! I am always trying to better myself inside and out. We should be always be in the habit of doing things that produce positive outcomes for us and those around us. Please understand that I am only telling you what’s going on in my world, not insisting that you follow my path. Investing is tricky and if you want to do it, find someone educated in cryptocurrency to give you the whole story.

“Habit is a powerful means of advancement, and the habit of eternal vigilance and diligence, rarely fails to bring a substantial reward.” ~ Lewis Howard Latimer

Listen To Your Body

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Weight is a tricky subject for many people. However, we live in a time that requires us to pay close attention to our health due to a disease that targets overweight individuals. Before COVID-19, diabetes and heart disease were some of the main hindrances to being overweight. While they were often associated with people in the obesity realm, they were at least controllable.

However, after COVID-19 happened, all bets were off. Over the past five months, I have noticed a new affliction appear within my body. My knees have started to ache. At first, I thought it was due to the bed we were sleeping in or an old injury. So, I purchased a new rail and a new treadmill last week. My knee feels better! They feel a lot better after working out. On the nights that I didn’t workout my knees felt a degree of pain that caused me issues throughout the day.

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I think something was happening to my joints. I have gained about 40 extra pounds over the past year, and the weight has started to hinder my mobility. I didn’t know just how bad things were until I started working out again. It shocked me and scared me when I couldn’t even walk a lap the first time I got on my treadmill.

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I used to swim, and when I wasn’t swimming, I would walk often. So, to get on a treadmill and not be able to walk a lap was terrifying. I continued working out, and now I am almost at a mile. I have been thinking a lot about goals and trying to figure out what mine should be. I do not have a number in mind, but I do have a couple of other things in mind.

I want to wear my favorite PJ bottoms, and I want to be able to walk two to three miles again every day. I would love to see my thighs get smaller and see my butt get slimmer. I am your typical hourglass shape, so it seems like most of my weight focus on two areas. I have never really had a lot of trouble when it comes to working out. Perhaps, this is why I freaked out about not being able to walk a lap.

We need to start listening to our bodies. Your body gives off indicators that something needs attention. In many ways, aches and pains are the engine lights that pop up inside us to warn us of upcoming issues. I used to ask my husband if he thought I was gaining weight or too much weight, and of course, he would say no. Inside I knew the answer, but I didn’t want to deal with the issue.

I welcomed his words of flattery to place a bandage on my pride. I would get the typical loving husband answer that went something like, You look beautiful no matter what, or whatever you do, keep the butt. It was all I needed to continue our foodie escapades and excuse for not working out. After my knees started hurting, there was no way around hiding from my demons.

Finally, it hit me that this new me was not me I wanted to be. I don’t want to be a prisoner to my body, so working out was the only option. I went out and got myself a pair of good exercising shoes and arm weights to go with my treadmill. I guess I learned a hard lesson the voice I needed to hear was the voice inside. Listen to your body, and take care of it before it’s too late.

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