This morning marked our very last workout at the Downtown Orlando YMCA.

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Ryan and I felt sad knowing that we’re not going to see our regular gym buddies anymore! I feel like whenever you go to the gym regularly around the same time, you develop unspoken connections with the other gym regulars.

We even have names for some of our favorites, like “Grumbles” for the guy who always seems like he’d rather die than be there. We’ll miss you, Grumbles!

I always tell Ryan he’s like the mayor of the YMCA because he says hello and goodbye to a large handful of people at the gym every day. He kisses babies, shakes hands, hugs grandmothers… you know, the usual. Okay, maybe he’s not that intense, but I do tell him that he has a “posse.”

Of course I smile and wave to people too, but Ryan is on a whole different level.

We laugh because Ryan’s camaraderie with the gym goers makes me feel like they probably think I’m Ryan’s miserable, mute wife because I tend to go to BodyPump and then keep my iPod in during my workouts so I’m a lot less social. Maybe they think I’m Grumbles!?

Today’s workout began with 20 minutes on the elliptical with Ryan before we split up to tackle our respective weights workouts.

My workout looked like this:

Exercise Weights Reps Sets
Leg press 130 lbs. 15 3
Leg extension 35 lbs. 15 3
Incline bicep curls 15 lbs. 15 3
Side shoulder raises 10 lbs. 15 3
Deadlifts 25 lbs. 15 3
Tricep dips Bodyweight 15 3
Hamstring ball curls Bodyweight 20 3
Push ups (on my knees) Bodyweight 15 3
Tricep extensions 20 lbs. (total) 15 3
Squats 25 lb. kettleball 50 1
Various exercise ball crunches Bodyweight 50 3

Note: Weights for exercises that use free weights note the weights of the dumbbells used (unless otherwise noted). For example, deadlifts use two 25-pound dumbbells for a total of 50 pounds.

It was a good finale workout to our time at the Y. I’m REALLY going to miss our gym. Best gym ever!


For not having much food in our house at the moment, breakfast was pretty darn fantastic!

banana chia seed roll up 007

I made peanut butter and banana roll ups for me and Ryan by spreading peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla, adding a banana to the mix and sprinkling it with chia seeds before rolling everything up.

Not too shabby! This breakfast was really good and seems like something delicious I could pack to bring along on a road trip or something. Whole grains + protein + healthy fats + fruit!

Gotta get cleanin’! This apartment needs some serious scrubbing.

Questions of the Morning

  • Do you feel like you have an unspoken bond with certain people at the gym or in your exercise classes?
  • If people made up a name for you at the gym, what do you think they would call you?


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