Up In Arm's | Romey

Greetings, Fellow PW’ers and Visitors,

It has been quite some time since I’ve checked in. We are well into 2015, and those of us who participate in the annual ab-fest did not ab-dicate our duty this year.

I have sufficiently recovered from the latest test, so I will share the experience with you. I was really proud of myself when Dr. Tim had me add extra weight while doing some bench presses. I did one extra set just to prove to myself that I could. I should have known right then that there was a plan of which I was unaware. Proud of myself for having done the extra set, I did a set of 50 ‘head-to-head’ on the red ball with 10-lb weights. No problem. Then I did 50 ‘touchdowns’ with said weights. Still going strong. One more set of 100 with 5-lb weights, after which I waited for the magic words “on the table.” There were words, alright, but not what I expected (you’d think I’d learn after all these years): “200 with 2-lbs, Romey.” What????? I was not going to be scared off by measly 2-lb weights, but I’ll tell you that my arms felt like jelly afterwards. I kiddingly made some remark about ‘gun control.’ These are the good kind of guns, and I’m proud to have them. Excuse me while I search for a sleeveless top to wear to show them off.

So one night I’m working out at PW when Dr. Tim hands me the red boxing gloves. “Good,” I think. It was a stressful day and I like the idea of punching something without suffering consequences. I’m pretty much in the zone, but I notice Dr. Tim telling another client to do some chin-ups. Another thought: I’m glad he’s the one who has to do them and not me. Punch, punch, punch; down on the floor for some push-ups, still glad I don’t have to do chin-ups. Then I hear Dr. Tim telling me it’s time for my chin-ups. Surely he’s jesting. No such luck. I look up at the bar and wonder how I’m going to...
When I’m working out at the gym, I’m able to be very focused. It’s a pleasant chance to be on the other side of the decision-making process. Dr. Tim tells us what to do, and I just do it. This past week, he had a few of us doing a certain exercise that was really difficult for me due to a certain physical limitation of mine. I quietly did my best, but it was painful and disappointing at the same time. Dr. Tim was his usual encouraging self, without bringing undue attention to the situation. Still, I found myself near tears because it hurts more than muscles when your body won’t do what you...
I have come to love my workouts with Dr. Tim, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the stress-relieving benefits. I’ve been working long hours for some time now, and I try my best to get to PW 2 or 3 times a week. The one thing that got me through an especially hectic Tuesday recently was the thought that I’d get a good workout that night. I left the house as usual in the morning, loaded down with my accoutrements of the day. It was a heavy load so I just assumed that I had everything that I’d need. I made it through the day, drove to the gym, opened the trunk—no gym bag! I couldn...
We’ve all heard the phrase. Perhaps we’ve never really thought of how it relates to oneself. Recently I learned that two people who are very close to me were told that they have a pre-diabetic condition. This was discovered during a routine blood test. They will need to follow a strict diet and exercise plan in the hope that the condition can be controlled without medication. It was a turning point in their lives. Their news reminded me of the results from my blood test of a few months ago. Luckily, I was pronounced in excellent health. I was grateful for the news, but what struck me the most...
It’s been a week of highs and lows for me. I spent the holiday weekend having a pity party, the reasons for which I shall keep to myself. Suffice it to say that I couldn’t wait for my Tuesday session with Dr. Tim. It was great, of course; but then he wanted us to get on the scale for a check-in. I was disappointed to see that I’d put on some weight. Dr. Tim reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, but it was little consolation to me because we live in a world where numbers matter. I’m still wearing clothes that are two sizes smaller than before I started this journey, so I’m sure there’s...
I have always thought of myself as a “night person,” especially when it comes to exercising and strength. When I awake in the mornings, I just cannot imagine starting my day with a workout. I know that there are great numbers of people who head to the gym on their way to work or wherever, but I never counted myself among them.Well, all of that changed today. Because I wanted to get an extra workout this week, I decided to go to the gym on Saturday. However, between Dr. Tim’s schedule and mine, I had to be there by 8:30 a.m. I have, in fact, been to the gym on Saturdays in the past but never...
Recently I left my house in the morning armed with a long list of appointments and errands to run. I ate breakfast at home but worried about what I’d do for meals for the remainder of the day. I didn’t want to be forced into choosing somthing that I’d regret later. To borrow a popular phrase, I had an “aha” moment. I decided to pack a bag. I take my lunch to work nearly every day, so I wonder why I never thought about doing the same thing on a non-work day. I included a sliced green apple, a small container of almonds, a protein wafer bar and a powdered protein drink. I knew I wouldn’t eat...
Every day is a challenge in the journey to find balance between work life and personal life. I still don’t get to the gym as often as I’d like, but I’m getting there. For instance, I made a point of going yesterday before a doctor’s appointment. My original plan was to go afterwards, but at Dr. Tim’s suggestion, I went to the gym first. Good thing I did. The appointment took longer than I had anticipated, and I would have gotten to the gym after closing time. Today I decided to walk to my manicure appointment. The round trip was only a couple of miles, but I walked briskly, raised my heart...
Another long, hard work week is behind me, while the next one is looming on the horizon. Due to various deadlines, I missed a yoga session and a workout with Dr. Tim last week which added to my stress level. When I woke up on Saturday morning, I was still so tired that my body felt weary. I decided to ignore it and instead made my way to the gym. I had a great workout, and I especially enjoyed the feeling of exercising at the beginning of the day rather than at the end; but here’s the best part: I had so much energy afterwards that I was able to run errands and stay active until well into the...
I had a day off from work today. I spent most of it running errands and getting to appointments. Towards the end of the day, I was relaxing on the couch and watching television. Today is one of my usual workout days. It would have been so easy just to stay put, where I was nice and warm; but I thought I would feel bad if I didn’t go to the gym. I ended up getting a great workout that included 1000 ab crunches, and even though I wasn’t feeling the normal stress of a regular workday, I felt better mentally, too. The show that I was watching was about a woman who was in her late forties. She...

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