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Old Gym and Quotes, New Kicks and Music

I’ve talked about my exercise routine a lot on this blog.  Mostly about how I try to prioritize one.  I’ve also mentioned how my “routine” is constantly changing depending on my current “kid” situation.  (I’m clearly in the mood to “quote” tonight.  Don’t know why but it’s “amusing” me.)  Well my “routine” has changed again.  (K – I’ll stop now.) 

Last time we discussed exercise I was walking/jogging with Kole in his jogger, but once summer hit and the girls were home that plan flew out the window!  So two weeks ago I re-joined my old gym!  And I’m so excited about it!  I know.  Gyms usually aren’t that exciting.  But this gym is a bit sentimental to me.  It’s the same gym that I spent 45 minutes in  each day for years when my girls were little.  It’s the same gym that saved me from having a mom meltdown each day while Kenny was working long new attorney hours and I was depressed living away from family.  It’s the same gym that helped me lose my baby weight after I had each of my girls which also helped me feel good about myself again.  It’s the same gym that I made a lot of new friends in (mostly with the people who work there).  It’s the same gym that gave me sanity!  And lots of good blogging material.  Here are a few times my gym came up in past posts: 

I had such a great “mom moment” this week. One thing I love about my gym is that I can see into the windows of the kids club (where my kiddos play while I workout) from the treadmills. Every once in a while while I’m exercising I see the top of their heads running around. Last week I saw them run by and for the first time, Addison looked up and saw me through the window. She got so excited and she ran to find Ellie and they both stood there waving and blowing kisses to me with the biggest smiles on their faces. I started frantically waving back and blowing kisses to them and everyone on the treadmills lining both sides of me were looking at me like I was a total idiot. I didn’t even care. For some reason it just hit me and I was so overwhelmed with love for my two girls. I got a little teary eyed and just thought about how much I love them and how much I really do love being a mom. It was the highlight of my week. (Now I just need to remember that moment the next time they paint all over my carpet)

So I love zoning out and letting my mind wander. Something about the random randomness of my thoughts always makes me happy. I tend to zone out at various times throughout the day. (Often happens whenever Kenny starts a discussion including words like taxes, finance, or bills) Some may call this being spacey, but I like to think my mind is extremely complex and always needs to be in motion. :) This happens whenever I’m on the treadmill, which is why I like treadmills so much. A few random thoughts during this morning’s jog…
Is today only Tuesday? ….I have GOT to call and find out what I need to do to get Ellie registered for Kindergarten ….wait – today is Koni’s b-day! Crap. Forgot to send a card. Why didn’t I write that on my to-do list? Oh yeah, I did. I just didn’t read my to-do list….I wish I looked like Natalie Portman….thank goodness for this song (So What by Pink) because it’s the only thing keeping my feet moving right now….I need new gym shoes….is American Idol on tonight?….I should wash sheets today….my new camera is probably too big to carry around with me everywhere….wish I knew how to wink….why am I thinking about winking?….love it when my mind wanders….I should put this as a good thing on my blog.

I’m fond of the scales at the gym. They’re like big, fun toys. I like to move the black thing back and forth trying to get it to balance. I’m not fond of the way my i pod always seems to add at least seven pounds when I weigh myself. (It’s a mini, not a shuffle)

Today I went to the gym for the first time since I had Kole.  With Ellie, I didn’t take her to the gym until she was over one year old. I didn’t trust anyone but me to take care of my baby. When I did finally leave her, I gave specific instructions on everything about her from what she liked to play with to how she liked to be held. Then I found a treadmill with a direct view into the Kids Klub so I could watch her the whole time I worked out. I took Addison to the gym around six months. I knew and trusted the ladies I was leaving her with by this time, but still gave them specific instructions each time I dropped her off and still tried to workout at least part of the time close by so I could peek in on her. With Kole I was counting down for him to turn three months – old enough to go to the Kids Klub. I dropped all three of my kids off today, handed the ladies a diaper bag, muttered “bless you all!” and headed for the exercise equipment as far away from the Kids Klub as possible.

**Side note:  (I don’t recommend you click on that last post “Life with Three” if you get queasy easily.  It’s a very real look into what life can be like with little ones!  But one of my favorite posts just the same.)  :)

Anyway!  You can see how my gym used to be a big part of my life and why I’m so excited to be back in the routine of visiting again.  Kole is finally old enough to run and play with the other kids and doesn’t cry when I leave like he used to (which was why I took such a long break).  It has been two years since I stopped going and it was like a family reunion when I re-joined.  So fun to see so many of the same people working there!  They couldn’t believe how big the girls are now.  They were also so happy to see that Addison’s hair is still super curly.  :)

Now that I’ve gabbed all about my old gym with old blog posts, it’s time to share something new!  
In honor of my new gym membership (and in hopes to motivate me to exercise) I bought some new running shoes and downloaded some new workout music.  
I mentioned attempting to hit the Nordstroms sale with Kole a couple of weeks ago.  The trip only lasted about 45 minutes but it was just long enough to find these fun Nikes on sale for 50 bucks!  SCORE.  Such a great deal. Have you all seen the fun Nikes this season?  Mine aren’t nearly as bright and colorful as most of this collection.  These shoes are so popular around here.  I was in desperate need of some new running shoes and these are so comfortable.  Perfect for treadmill running at my new-old gym!  

I also thought I’d share the new tunes I added to my workout play list on my ipod.  I mixed all of these songs in with my old running mix which you can see here.  Great music to get your feet moving!

Raise Your Glass – Pink
Rolling in the Deep – Adele
Rumor Has It – Adele
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Pump It – Black Eyed Peas
Dum Diddly – Black Eyed Peas
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Bad Romance – Lady Ga Ga
On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Girlfriend – Avril Lavigne
Battlefield – Jordin Sparks
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus (in honor of this post)  :)
Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce
Hello – Martin Solveig

Any fun, fast paced songs I’ve missed?  Do tell!  

Happy Friday everyone! 

xoxo, Erin
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18 thoughts on “Old Gym and Quotes, New Kicks and Music

  1. Oh Erin, this post made me laugh so hard! I can’t stop laughing. The zoning out part was funny, but I lost it with Life With 3. I have the zoning out problem. Bad thing is, it is not while I am working out. It is when I am trying to go to sleep. I refer to it as “The Voices!!.” lol. Love your new workout shoes.
    Have a great weekend. I seriously can’t stop laughing!!!

  2. Love it. That is a great deal on your running shoes, too. Score – hope you were able to get something else with the bargain on the running shoes! Love my Nikes. Enjoy and I too get scentimental thinking of different exercise/gym moments with my kids.

  3. music is so key to keeping me moving during a solo run.

    a few of my current faves:

    florence and the machine – shake it out & the dog days are over

    michael franti – ‘say hey’ (I love you) & the sound of sunshine

    Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than The Sun

    just to name a few.

    Have a happy weekend!

  4. Love new running shoes and new music to pump up your workout routine! I re-read your Life with Three post…this is going to be my life in a few months {we’re expecting #3-a little girl this time!-first of December}. I’m trying desperately to get everything in order around here because I know how crazy life is with a newborn, but I can only imagine how crazy it will be with 2 active little boys :) And I totally have “wandering mind” syndrome! Happy Friday! ~gina

  5. My third was born almost 11 months ago, and I have only worked out a handful of times since then. Can you say pathetic? This was motivating for me! (And you had me laughing my head off too, thanks! :))

    Tiffany @

  6. Fun stuff! I totally fell off the workout wagon during the past year, when we were dealing with all the we-think-we-should-move-should-we-move?-we’re-moving stress. I just joined a bootcamp and even though my “drill instructor” is the nicest guy ever who never yells or says mean things, his crazy workouts are kicking my chubby behind! I dread going every day, but then I’m so proud of myself when I get done.

    Anyway, the shoes are darling–I live by a Nike outlet now, so I’ll have to watch for them. And you have to include Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” in your workout playlist. It’s perfect for starting off a run.

  7. Thanks everyone!

    Heidi and Ruth – thanks for the music! Adding those to the list!

    btw Ruth – I totally get the “are we moving” stress and how it throws a wrench in everything! So happy to hear you are getting back in a routine. Wish I could join you in your bootcamp! I could use it!

  8. Love your workout tunes!

    Here’s mine, in the order that I play it:

    Boom Boom Pow — Black Eyed Peas
    Starships — Nicki Minaj
    Move Fast – Spinning Workout
    Super Bass – Nickie Minaj
    Fun-Electro House Music — Spinning Workout
    Party Rock Anthem — LMFAO
    Single Ladies (put a ring on it) — Beyonce
    The Time (Dirty Bit) — Black Eyed Peas
    Sexy and I know It — LMFAO
    We Found Love (feat. Calvin Harris) — Rihanna
    Jump — Spinning Workout
    I Gotta Feeling — Black Eyed Peas
    Gettin’ Over You — David Guetta
    Firework — Glee Cast
    Dynamite — Taio Cruz
    Call Me Maybe — Carly Rae Jepsen
    California Girls — Katy Perry
    Poker Face — Lady Gaga
    Car Wash – Christina Aguilera
    Gonna Make You Sweat — C+C Music Factory
    Your Love Is My Drug — Ke$ha
    Shake Your Body (Michael Jackson)

  9. As always I love reading your blog! I enjoy working out from home because of the flexibility but have considered the gym. I think a good playlist is really important. It helps motivate you and keep you going. You missed one of my favorite work out motivators, Rhianna! She’ll get you moving!!!

  10. I have rolling in the deep on my playlist too, and it’s the only time I listen to lady gaga! (born this way and the edge)

  11. are we living parallel lives or what?! i feel like you are where i am going to be in two years! haha. first- i had to quit my gym (spectrum) because my littlest would just SOB when i took her to the kid’s club. my older two loved it- but the baby just couldn’t take it- so i had to resign, and then I sobbed…because the gym was such a happy place for me! ;-) I love those shoes- they are actually on my list to buy. I want bright ones! :-)

    AND…i have to tell you, that your design choices on the new house are awesome. They actually are SO similar to my neighbor’s house across the street. I think I should go over there and take pics for you because you would LOVE their house. They even have a dutch door on the front (red)- maybe I will take a pic and send it to you over facebook. Haha!


    Oh, and for the gym, I love Pandora. I put it on the Katy Perry station and I’m good to go. :-)

  12. My Life Would Suck without You – Kelly Clarkson. GREAT, energetic song. That’s the first that comes to mind – though I have more. But it’s been awhile since I got the ipod out ever since I got pregnant and the sickness (aka fun times) set in.

  13. Thanks so much for the song suggestions everyone!! So excited to add more music to my list! (Katrina – you rock!) :)

    Erika – Yes! Send me pictures!!

  14. Yay! I love knowing what other people have on their ipod!
    I need to add:
    ‘Drive By’ -Train
    On my ipod I do hit play twice when I hear the song by Flo Rida – ‘Right Round’. That beat on that song just makes me push it.

    Fatboy Slim isn’t new, but he’s considered a great dance artist/DJ -‘Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder’ has a couple of songs that are my favorites
    Brimful of Asha(Norman Cook Remix) and ‘Sho Nuff’ once I get going I like, ‘Its a Wonderful Night’ and ‘Rockafeller Skank’


  15. Here’s some great fun songs that I have on my workout playlist that I didn’t see on yours (song title first):

    Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

    Chasing the Sun – The Wanted

    Brokenhearted – Karmin

    Drive By – Train

    50 Ways to Say Goodbye – Train

    Lights – Ellie Goulding

    Heart Skips A Beat – Olly Murs

    Payphone – Maroon 5 (make sure you get the version that does NOT say ‘explicit’)

    Everybody Talks – Neon Trees

    Human – Killers

    Good Girl – Carrie Underwood

    I Believe in Love – Lily Collins (from Mirror Mirror soundtrack)

    Price Tag – Jessie J

    What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction

    Part of Me – Katy Perry

    Firework – Katy Perry

    Stronger – Kelly Clarkson

    ENJOY! :)

  16. I have to add some more tunes that keep me going!!

    Blow by Kesha

    You Make me Feel by La La La

    A** Back Home (I got the ‘clean version which says ‘Get Yourself back home) Gym Class Hereos in case little ears overhear

    Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5

    Cheers (I’ll drink to that) – Rihanna

    Keep running!

  17. Two of my top fav’s right now on my list are Get Me Bodied by Beyonce and Shake Senora by Pitbull.

    Love the new sneakers!

  18. Yes. Someone said something about “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, which is one of the few songs that can get me off the couch! A must for ur playlist!

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