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. to gym, or not to gym? .

August 27, 2011

Remember how I said that when I like something, I really like something?

Well I really like ice cream…

And, apparently, I really like kabocha squash as well. So much so, that I decided felt compelled to go out and pick up another one after finishing mine off with last night’s dinner.

 

In my defense, however, I did need to buy a bit more than just a squash…

… like a couple of cantaloupes and some bananas…

… mushrooms, broccoli, cucumbers, bell peppers, avocados…

… kefir, almond milk, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, rice wraps…

… and possibly the cutest thing ever

EeeeEEEee!

 

It just brings the mini spoon thing to a whole new level… and makes me crave eggs, which sounded like the perfect addition to the snack plate that I wanted for lunch…

Softboiled egg – Baked lentil chips – Yogurt mess with a peach and cereal – Cottage cheese and salsa.
A whole lot of yum. 

Maybe it was the eggs, or the ice cream, or both, but I found myself with tonnes of extra energy this afternoon. Weekends are usually my rest days, but I felt like I would go crazy if I didn’t get a little bit of movement in, so I decided to throw in an unplanned workout. Hey, if I can take unplanned rest days, then why not an unplanned workout? It’s all about going with how we feel, right? Right.

But the thing was that I did not feel like heading to the gym. It was a Saturday afternoon, meaning the gym would have been packed, and I just wasn’t up for dealing with big crowds.

Solution? The home gym, in all of it’s glory…

Welcome to where I work out when I don’t feel like going out. A little dismal, perhaps, but it gets the job done. Some free weights, a stability ball, a mini rebounder, and a couple of mirrors propped up against a wall so that I can watch my form. Oh, and an unpictured treadmill and yoga mat behind me.

Nothing fancy, but extremely functional.

I don’t believe that you need an expensive gym membership to get a good workout in. Sure, it’s nice to have the extra motivation of the gym environment, and the fancier equipment isn’t anything to scoff at, but it’s not a necessity. My gym membership expires in a few weeks and I’m honestly not sure whether or not I’m going to bother renewing it.

Why?

Well, it’s pricey for one, and not exactly convenient for another. They say that finding the motivation to get your butt out the door is the hardest part of belonging to a gym, which is definitely true for me. Now, try finding the motivation to get your butt out the door when its -24 and your car is buried under half a foot of snow. Yeah. It’s gets quite a bit harder. My gym attendance declined last winter, and I’m assuming that it would do the same this coming one. Besides, the building that I’ll be moving into (in 19 days!!!) has an exercise room with some machines and free weights, and I’ll only have to walk down a few flights of stairs to get to it. Yay!

Finally, I’ve really been loving body weight workouts lately, which you only need, well… your own body for. One site that I’ve been frequenting quite a bit is BodyRock, and what I love about that style of workouts is that you can finish one in the time that it would take you to get dressed and drive to the gym, and still feel like you got a really good workout in.

So I don’t know.

To gym or not to gym, that is the question. And the answer will most likely be not to gym.

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Do you prefer working out at home or in the gym? If you work out at home, what kind of equipment do you keep on hand. And do you use DVD’s, magazines, the Internet, your own routines, etc?

Have you done any BodyRock workouts? Do they whoop your butt like they do mine?

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  1. August 27, 2011 7:02 pm

    I work out at my apartment gym so its no added cost to me, which is fabulous! I occasionally do the bodyrock workouts but I find it extremely difficult to motivate myself to complete the entire workout if I’m at home … if the kitchen is within eyes reach, I’d much rather have a snack than get sweaty 🙂

  2. August 27, 2011 7:05 pm

    I always prefer the gym. When I work out at home, I feel like my workout blows because I’m overly distracted.
    Bodyrock is awesome though. I check it out every once and awhile.

    I like what you said about unplanned workout days. If we can have unplanned rest days, what’s wrong with an unplanned workout.

  3. August 27, 2011 7:06 pm

    I do strength workouts at home, and I run outside rather then go to the gym and use a treadmill. My university tuition includes gym facilities, which are great for the winter months when I’m on campus, and I figure since it’s part of my tuition I may as well get my moneys worth an use it. I can completely understand why you would stop paying for gym membership, especially since you will have one in your new building! That will be awesome! I’ve heard of body rock but haven’t tried a workout yet, I’m totally excited to try one though 🙂

  4. lapiattini permalink
    August 27, 2011 7:07 pm

    I used to be such a gym person, but lately I’ve been enjoying working out at home. Exercise TV has a lot of good options and I can get a great workout in without even getting in the car!
    I haven’t tried BodyRock, but have been hearing a lot about lately in the blog world. I’m thinking of trying it tomorrow morning since Hurricane Irene prob won’t let me go to the gym anyway 😉

  5. August 27, 2011 7:09 pm

    Well, I’ve NEVER been a big gym person. Boo. But I have so so so much trouble motivating myself to challenge myself without people around me. I love dance classes and what not, and I REALLY want to take up Zumba at my school gym.

    I’ve never done BodyRock, but is that the one that has stuff on YouTube? If it is, I watch the videos while I’m laying in bed being lazy on occasion. HAHA! Living vicariously?!?!?

    That ice cream looks sooooo many times nom-able. I kind of want to eat it. All in one bite.

    And OOOOOHHHHH 19 days!

    And oOHHHHDFDGFHSDF I tried roasted almond butter today! I did like it! I can’t decide if I like roasted or raw better. Maybe I just need… to eat more… 😉

    I’ve totally seen that little egg set! They have it all kinds of places round me. It’s so amazingly cute! But I’m not too big on eggs so, boo. I couldn’t convince my dad to put it in the cart. HAH!

    I really need more bananas. I’m down to four, or something preposterous. Hoarding them, obviously. Eeep. I remember the days when four bananas would last me a lifetime. PSH! What was I thinking. Bananas are the best! I used to ONLY eat them with cereal?! WHO AM I?!

    I seee yoouuuu in the refleccttionnnnnn

    Ok, this comment’s getting a little out of hand. That is all.

    Oh, ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ x Infinity.

    Ok, NOW that is all. ❤

    • August 28, 2011 7:10 am

      Hahah love you girlie ❤ Yes, BodyRock has a YouTube channel as well, and when I'm in the middle of one of their workouts, I'd much rather be sitting on my couch 😆 Oh, and you definitely need to eat more of it to really warm up to the taste of roasted almond butter. I'm addicted. I tried to go back to raw and just couldn't do it.

  6. August 27, 2011 7:13 pm

    Oh my gosh that egg thing is seriously the cutest!

    I LOVE that first photo of the ice cream – I’m totally the same way. I get on such food kicks and nothing else will suffice!

    I definitely prefer working out at home – some people prefer yoga classes, I personally love to do it in my living room 🙂

  7. August 27, 2011 7:17 pm

    Love the little egg holder and spoon!! That’s too cute to handle 🙂
    I absolutely loveeee working out at home– we have a home gym thingy with a bench press and leg extension as well as a barbell, treadmill and some various dumbbells. I loved it when I was at home, but I’ve really been enjoying my apartment’s gym lately.
    I’ve never tried bodyrock, but I’ve heard awesome stuff about it! I like doing my own routines, but every once on awhile I love doing something different, I’ll have to check it out! 🙂

    • August 28, 2011 7:13 am

      I know that you’ve been really into plyometrics lately, and BodyRock is pretty much just that. She’s got some really high intensity, short workouts that whoop your butt. I think you’d like them… errr… once you’re doing. In the middle of the workout, you might be asking yourself what you were thinking 😉

  8. August 27, 2011 7:18 pm

    I’ve seriously debated this, and if I didn’t have the big gym right in my building at school, or around the corner at home, then I probably wouldn’t want to drag my but that far. Especially since I love love love bodyrock workouts! I know it may defeat the purpose, but sometimes I do bodyrock workouts AT the gym at home… because I love the surfaces and space and mats they have. I love that you can modify the bodyrock workouts and still be exhausted by the end, and get all the benefits! I think my gymboss interval timer was the best purchase i’ve made in the past…long time.

  9. August 27, 2011 7:19 pm

    I absolutely love the “egg set” – i have something very similar- it has the same face and it is used to make poached eggs! I just gt it and love it! But i think yours is even cuter!
    Where i live we have a free gym which i use on occasion but i sometimes prefer doing yoga in my own place – i also love jogging outside in the warmer months – i get my exercise and sunshine all at once! Have a great Sunday!
    Were getting ready here in NY for the big storm! Wish us luck!

  10. August 27, 2011 7:22 pm

    i use to only do at home work out videos and loved it. i had a routine. i didn’t need to leave my house. and no awkward stares if i did the moves wrong 😉

    i didn’t have a gym membership because of the price and there wasn’t one in bike riding distance. unfortunately we don’t have room for a treadmill or any equipment, but i always seemed to get a good work out in.

  11. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    August 27, 2011 7:24 pm

    I’d say if your new building has a workout room than forget the gym! Money savers are always niceee !

  12. August 27, 2011 7:25 pm

    I have never had a gym membership– but I considered it when me moved the this metro area. I was going crazy without “bike-only” trails! But I didn’t get one, and have figured out (and been having lots of fun with) biking in the subarbs, running and rollerblading in my neighborhood, walking, etc. I do some ab exercises in the morning, too, in addition to stretches. In my hometown (where there was a college campus) it was so silly when I saw the guys that looked like they worked hours everyday on their bodies, and yet waited for the bus to take them literally a 3/4 mile up the road to the central campus. If I could bike to the gym and workout, why not skip the gym part and just get the ride and do the rest at home!

  13. August 27, 2011 7:32 pm

    I like the routine of going to the gym, but if it’s going to be crowded and I don’t have time, I’ll workout at home. I love BodyROck!

  14. August 27, 2011 7:36 pm

    I love my little home gym. I only have a balance ball, a bosu ball, and 10, 15, and 20 lb. weights. That’s enough to get a decent workout in. I haven’t tried body rock yet, but I’m planning on going at it for the first time tomorrow! i’m excited – I’ve heard so many good things!
    I’m pretty sure I ate your lunch for dinner. But i didn’t have cute egg cup and spoon so it pales in comparison.

  15. Diana permalink
    August 27, 2011 7:36 pm

    I wish I had a home gym… All we’ve got here is a stability ball, which is sitting in a closet covered in dust 😦 So, that explains my preference for working out at the gym!

    My gym is the best of ANY gym I’ve ever worked out in, from PEI to BC – including the gym at the Richmond Oval where they held the speed skating at the Olympics last year… Plus, it’s cheaper than anywhere else and it’s got virtually every machine you could want. Yes, I’m a lucky girl. That said, I haven’t been to my gym in months – I’ve been away, where I didn’t have access to a gym, so I took up running. While I’m now home, I didn’t want to buy a month gym pass (which I would have paid off in… two weeks, but still) so I’ve been using the gorgeous trails around my house for a gym! Not too shabby 🙂

    As for Bodyrock, I’ve tried a few… I have issues motivating myself, and tend to do the workouts at my own pace, which sort of defeats the whole “interval” purpose.

  16. August 27, 2011 7:43 pm

    i prefer going to the gym because of the environment, like you mentioned. it just seems to give me more motivation. however, if i wanted to work out at home i have a treadmill, TONS of yoga and pilates DVDs, and a weight machine that i can do a few exercises with

  17. August 27, 2011 7:44 pm

    I actually prefer the gym–we only have a stationary bike and weights at home, and the gym has so much more! But I would chose playing sports (soccer!!) over going to the gym or my “home gym”. Exercising is more fun to me when you are surrounded with friends (teammates), have a purpose/goal set for the day (to win/score a goal!) and enjoy every breathing second of it (i really do love soccer.) It’s also a great way to meet new people at school. (i.e. new team, new people). So yeah that’s my thoughts for it! 🙂

  18. August 27, 2011 7:48 pm

    I have a gym membership that came with my University tution package, so I go there sometimes, but usually I just workout at home 🙂

  19. August 27, 2011 8:08 pm

    unplanned energy is always good, and unplanned workouts are even better. funny, my membership is expiring soon and i was thinking what my next moves should be. i do think the “going” and seeing everyone at the gym is a huge motivator!

  20. August 27, 2011 8:11 pm

    I wish I had a gym under my apartment too. All the other apartments around my area has it except mine, booh.

    Anyways, I think even with all basic equipments, it’s hard to actually “work out” at home. In a gym, you are surrounded by people working hard and you are almost forced to join the “aura,” while at home, it’s easy to get too comfortable and eventually quit.

    I just don’t work out when I don’t feel like it. I no longer really care what others do; I’m just as happy being a couch potato for at least half a week, lol!

  21. August 27, 2011 8:17 pm

    Woah, that IS the cutest thing ever! 🙂

    I love how good you are at honoring how you feel and what you need! I usually work out at home. I have an elliptical, some weights, a yoga mat and tons of cheesy/awesome workout videos. The only time I work out at a gym is when I train with my personal trainer. But we train at a rock climbing gym where there is super cool people with good, mellow vibes so somehow it doesn’t feel like a real gym.

    I have been loving BodyRock too lately 🙂

  22. August 27, 2011 8:30 pm

    At home definitely! I hate gyms and refuse to step foot in one these days. Ahh too many bad memories. These days I have a set of free weights and do weight bearing exercises in my room. I also go for walks around my neighbourhood everyday. I own an elliptical but I have too many negative memories associated with it so I refuse to use it. Ha. What a waste of money 😛

    xxx

  23. August 27, 2011 8:30 pm

    I would love to have a little at-home gym like yours someday. I agree that getting your butt out the door is the hardest part, especially in awful weather! I’m so glad my apartment complex has a pretty decent gym – it’s actually right in front of my apartment!

  24. August 27, 2011 8:33 pm

    I love the gym, but I do like working out at home too! Especially in the winter when I do not want to leave my house! Loving the spoon! So cute!!

    Thanks for your address info! Excited to send uba little something!!

    Gnite!! Xoxo

  25. recoveringfree permalink
    August 27, 2011 8:40 pm

    I love gyms for one reason: HOT SEXY GUYS! 🙂

  26. August 27, 2011 8:54 pm

    I have a “home gym” downstairs… But the equipment is ANCIENT. Our treadmill sounds as though knives might be running underneath the belt and I might get stabbed while I’m running by a hidden ninja. Ya never know. Safety first!

    If I doooo workout at home, I do Jillian Michael’s yoga meltdown, Pilates, or try to find a workout someone else did/workout video somewhere lol.

    I’ve never tried those workouts (heard of them), so I’m going to go check them outtttt. I’m in hurricane territory so maybe it’ll become my Sunday workout. We shall see!

    PS. -> I LOVE THOSE EGG THINGS! They also have a pig set which I ADORE. I squeal every time I walk by them in any kitchen store because I want to buy each and every piece SO bad. Toooooo adorable.

  27. August 27, 2011 8:56 pm

    Ooo I totally want to check out bodyrock now! I go to the gym, but usually it’s because we don’t have the equipment at home that would allow me to get in a good workout! I would totally stay at home if we had enough weights, exercise balls, and perhaps a treadmill. But, from what it sounds like, I totally think that your gym at your new place will be great! No point in wasting money on a gym membership

  28. August 27, 2011 8:58 pm

    What are your fave bodyrock workouts? esp on the easier end of things? I am sort of terrified of them because the people who do them look wayyy more in shape than me (um, duh) so I”m kind of afraid to try them but I’ve always sort of wanted to… and I”m about to go back home where I only have a treadmill & like 5 pound weights (and possible access to a crappy elliptical) and I can’t run too much soooo I’m looking for alternatives 😉

    I have a love-hat relationship with the gym. Lately i’ve been really bad about it, but just a week before I was super gung-ho and excited. So I dunno. It’s great having one on campus though and it’s pretty easy for me to get there, though it does take ~10 minutes to walk and such (but so much less than when I had to drive to my gym back home!). I have no idea what i’ll do when I graduate though! can’t take such things for granted 😉


    n

  29. August 27, 2011 9:08 pm

    your home gym is AWESOME!!! seriously its better looking than the fitness center in my apt complex!

    I guess normally working out for me is running, so I prefer to do that outside – usually I just go from my house. then I come back and do a little strength training, either abs or arms and legs, and a lot of that can totally be done with nothing but dumbells.

    Being injured though, I kind of need the gym. I need an elliptical or a bike (I don’t lift too much so I really don’t need the machines – they’re nice when I want to mix up my strength training though), and there’s nowhere to put one in my house/apartment that isn’t totally cramped and claustrophobic. I usually have to do more than an hour so its motivating to bike next to someone and compete a little (in my own head lolz) or just pass the time by people watching!

  30. August 27, 2011 9:31 pm

    I like going to the gym for cardio and for classes but for some reason I would rather lift weights at home because I always have to venture into the “man zone” of the gym to get the weights I want and always get looked at weird… sometime I really wish I could just grunt them away from that section for a bit 😉

    And I have done a few BodyRocks and ended up so sore I could not function or run for three days so I have been lying low on those… not sure I am up for that much of a challenge 😀

  31. August 27, 2011 9:31 pm

    I love you + your camera in the background of your ice cream photo! ❤

  32. August 27, 2011 9:32 pm

    I always joke around and tell people that when I can make myself a decent home gym… I’ll know I’ve made it in life 🙂 I’d loveeee to work out at home if I had one

  33. August 27, 2011 9:38 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try BodyRock, since I’m really not a fan of the gym. I usually just work out at home doing cardio and yoga, but I really need a set of weights or something to make it more home gym-like. But really, my favorite forms of exercise are recreational, like biking, hiking and playing tennis. Theyre just way more fun so they don’t feel like a workout, but they are.

    • August 28, 2011 12:30 pm

      Those are the best for sure. I think staying active in general is more important than getting a set workout in, unless you’ve got some fitness goals in mind or you’re training for something.

  34. August 27, 2011 9:43 pm

    I have been working part time at my gym and loved the free membership. Wednesday is my last day and I will miss it. Well, I will miss Body Pump. I can live without the rest. I have a treadmill and bike trainer at home for my cardio. But I will have to get a weight lifting plan.

  35. August 27, 2011 10:06 pm

    I used to go to the gym, but then it got too expensize, especially since we were playing for the whole family and only my mom and I went. Now I workout at home. I LOVE workout videos, like Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, Winsor Pilates, Tamalie Webb’s Tight on Time, etc. Workout videos are my FAVORITE!!! We also have dumbells and a stationary bike, and hopefully we’ll get an elliptical soon. 🙂 Jillian, Tamilee, and Winsor (and all of those other DVDs I have) keep my strength training in check, so I don’t have to have a separate plan for that.

  36. August 27, 2011 11:05 pm

    I would love it if I had a gym in my building- getting rid of the journey time to and fro would be SO convenient!! More than the actual equipment, I think the main thing is the mental motivation- as long as you got that, it’s possible to get a workout wherever!

  37. August 27, 2011 11:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely adore the egg and mini spoon set! I think my current love for all things egg would turn into a full blown obsession if I had my own. 🙂

    I’m definitely a gym-goer, but only because I like the variety of equipment and classes available to me there. I would much prefer to workout in the comfort of my home, however I live in an old, creaky three-story row house, which means jumping up and down would likely break a floorboard. ;-p For that reason, I rarely do home workouts, save for the occasional “relaxation yoga” DVD.

    Body Rock used to be a favorite when I was living in my last apartment. Who knew 20 minutes could leave a person so sore and sweaty? I also didn’t have a gym membership when I was living in this apartment because the fitness room was equipped with weights and a few cardio machines–enough to keep me happy and healthy. That said, I did miss the option of taking the occasional zumba or bosu class if the urge struck.

    Maybe try going membership-less for the first month and see how it goes? You can always join a gym later in the year, if you really miss it.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

    • August 28, 2011 12:33 pm

      I think that’s what I’m going to do. The gym in my new place is pretty well stocked, but from what I’ve seen of it, it’s usually pretty empty so you can’t really feed off the energy of other people… which is one of my favorite things about the gym!

  38. August 28, 2011 12:05 am

    I prefer the gym because I am super competitive…if I see that the girl next to me has ran .06 miles longer than me, I want to prove that I can do the same, or even go farther, sooooo I end up getting a better work out.
    However, if I am stuck at home, or feeling lazy, I adore pilates and yoga. I have never tried BodyRock, although, I reeeeally want to because I have heard great things about it!

  39. Lenna (veganlenna) permalink
    August 28, 2011 12:08 am

    OK, you call that gym “nothing fancy”? My “gym” includes: a room carpet (instead of a yoga mat), two 0.5 liter waterbottles (instead of dumbbells), one 0.75 liter water bottle (instead of a kettlebell)…and that´s it. Now let´s talk about fancy :))
    I prefer working out at home, because it is more convenient and less time spending for me. I have tons of workout DVD´s, so I usually follow them, but sometimes I throw in my own routine, which is nothing spectacular, but brings a nice sweat.
    I like BodyRock! Well, when I first saw those videos (well, when I saw that lady, to be honest), I was a bit hesitant to give it a try, but it is really a tough workout and it works the whole body like no other workout.

    • August 28, 2011 12:37 pm

      Hehe I thought exactly the same thing when I first started watching them – it was just a taaaaaad bit uncomfortable… but the workouts are great for sure, and I love how she’s so energetic and passionate about what she does.

  40. August 28, 2011 12:25 am

    I hate the gym!! The only reason i joined last year is because theres no way I could ever buy a treadmill/elliptical as nice as theirs. Now Ive realized that just doing all cardio and no weights wasnt helping me at all. And doing weights at the gym means being crowded around by a bunch of meat heads 😦 I love the youtube/ hulu workouts channels and Jillian Michaels of course. The only thing i would miss are the fun classes at the gym. Ill have to give body rock a try though!! I actually like your home gym, wish I had one. Its easier to keep your motivation to workout when all you have to do is walk downstairs

  41. August 28, 2011 1:32 am

    I can’t afford a gym, I never have been able to; I’ve been a BodyRocker for nearly two years, took a little break to do the Insanity program (loved it – even harder than BodyRock so I saw some brilliant and *fast* results there!), and now I’m back to incorporating them into my routine. Before that I did the Firm DVDs, before that Nell McAndrew DVDs, and before that various Yoga practices for a few years. I would still be a flabby blob if I waited to go to a gym! 😀

  42. August 28, 2011 3:04 am

    Bodyrock workouts totally woop my ass! They’re great aren’t they? I think the fact that Zusanna is so ripped gets you to push through the pain in hope of getting abs like hers!

  43. buttonss - Cherie permalink
    August 28, 2011 3:10 am

    Eeee!!! That spoon!!!! its sooooo cute!!!
    I workout at the gym because I dont have any equipment at home,and I feel like being in that environment motivates me 🙂

  44. jenandberries permalink
    August 28, 2011 3:19 am

    That spoon is too cute!! Aw you have featured my 3 favourite foods – eggs, ice cream and cantaloupe, yay. With a home gym like that, who needs a room full of grunting meat heads eh? 😉
    I think most people don’t actually have a passion for exercise so like to workout away from their homes and their lives just to ‘get it out of the way’ and say ‘i’ve been to the gym’.
    I sort of divide my time between the gym and home dvds and made up routines at home but when I’m in university dorms, I mainly use the gym because it’s cheap and my rooms too tiny to do the dvds! Your photography is amazing btw :0

  45. August 28, 2011 4:02 am

    i prefer gyms FO SHO! i loveeee he atmosphere there- i wantt to work in one when im older- or start a whole gym business :)!!!! umm that spoon is SO CUTe

  46. August 28, 2011 4:05 am

    I just got so excited when I saw your little egg and spoon set because I have the exact same one! It’s amazing!

    And, I do go to the gym, but in all fairness it is a half a block away from my building.

  47. August 28, 2011 4:14 am

    It really depends, I like running and cycling outside, but I do like the different machines they do. I prefer the gym in the winter and to exercise outside when its summer. I tend to do more of the classes at the gym though, been doing an ab attack class, spinning, and body bump. I also like checking out the talent hehe

  48. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance permalink
    August 28, 2011 4:26 am

    I’ve had a free gym membership to the beast of a gym at my school, but I’ve rarely been using it since my arrival for the fall semester. To be quite honest, the only reason I’ll actually make the schlep is if I have a workout class to attend, but otherwise I’ll just settle with some Bodyrock in my room or a circuit workout in my apartment gym (which is really just a room with a treadmill & weights)

    And YES, I’ve (obviously) tried Bodyrock and I’m a HUGE fan! The workouts are so intense, yet so short

  49. kabochafashionista permalink
    August 28, 2011 5:08 am

    Aww that mini spoon is sooo adorable!! I’m such a sucker for cute mini things when it comes to kitchenware!
    At the moment I can only workout at the gym because the apartment I’m in isn’t my own so I haven’t bothered to buy too much extra and I don’t think I’m allowed to put in any machines anyway! But back at home we have a full gym (I’m a lucky girl hehe) with a treadmill, elliptical, stepper, dumbbells and a rowing machine so whenever I go back home I have no need to go to a gym yay! 🙂
    I’ve never done Bodyrock but I’ve heard that it’s really good sooo I may have to give it a go…
    And eeeee sooo glad you love my fave food hehe!! 🙂 But I am incredibly jealous that you’re able to get your hands on them so easily. They had better start coming back in stock here soon otherwise I’m going to move country..

  50. August 28, 2011 5:34 am

    I have that egg thing but it’s in a pan form! It’s the perfect way to cook one or two eggs! It has the cute egg handle and all!
    Right now I do have a gym membership but mainly because I like to swim. I do a lot of my strength workouts at home and we also have a treadmill at home that I can hop on whenever I find the urge. Some days I don’t have the time to drive over to the gym, change, and drive home. It’s just no convenient! But I use it often enough to justify my membership haha
    I’ve never done bodyrock before but I’m definitely going to check it out because I’m in a huge exercise slump right now!

  51. August 28, 2011 5:44 am

    You have a pretty rocking home gym! I have a set of 5 lb hand weights and that’s it. 😛 So I pretty much have to go to the gym to get in a good workout. I like going though because being in that kind of environment really motivates me. But I definitely agree that it’s hard to drag my butt out the door when it’s the middle of our Canadian winters!

  52. 2tightlywound permalink
    August 28, 2011 5:55 am

    The concept of driving to a place to exercise always seemed a little bizarre to me (why not just run/walk that distance and save the money and gas?). I use my apartment complex’s exercise room, which isn’t fancy, but it does have the essentials. For me, it comes down to the money, as in I don’t have the extra to spend on a membership…

  53. August 28, 2011 6:20 am

    I prefer working out at the gym, but if I had equipment like yours I’d probably be happy at home! I have some weights and a yoga mat plus DVD’s but I never ‘feel the burn’ when working out at home compared to at the gym!

  54. August 28, 2011 6:43 am

    I like working out a my “home gym”. It is not as nice as yours and I am stilling gathering equipment, but I still get a good workout every time!
    Bodyrock really does master the idea of home training. I tried to do one the the videos one time, I didn’t realize it was a challenge video, and ended up collapsing half way through! I haven’t built of the confidence to try another “regular” workout video cause I don’t want to repeat my first experience! 😀 I love your photography with the ice cream cone! There are so many things in the picture but you managed to focus solely on the ice cream. Its my favorite photo of yours, hands down!

  55. August 28, 2011 7:02 am

    I have never done bodyrock, but when I do my workouts at home, I always use exercise tv. They have such amazing workouts available, such as jillian michaels,jackie warner, and barre9. I also have some free weights, bands and a stability ball that I use.

    All you need is a little space and your own body to get in a workout

  56. August 28, 2011 7:37 am

    I WISH I could be as disciplined as you and actually make use of a home gym. Something about being at the gym pumps me up and makes me want to work out. Having a gym within a few staircases is such a blessing, you’re going to love that!
    BodyRock is awesome, but I have the same issue of not being able to get the job done at home 😦

  57. August 28, 2011 7:38 am

    I guess my workouts where and are when i’m better from my kidney crap is dance. I was a musical theatre student so we would dance everyday, ballet jazz and workouts. I don’t go to the gym outside of dance so i opt for a bit of a workout DVD at home…in my bedroom…privacy to sweat and look like a fool. Cheaper!

    AND that egg and spoon is amazing!!
    S. X

  58. August 28, 2011 7:51 am

    Ok your home gym is WAY cooler than mine. Super jealous over here!! And that little egg spoon is totally cute. I love hardboiled eggs so so much, a few weeks ago I was eating one a day with hummus and ccrackers 🙂

  59. August 28, 2011 7:55 am

    I’ve been doing BodyRock for close to 9 months now! 😀 They are absolutely amazing! I mean how can you not get motivated just looking at Zuzana haha. What I love is that I’m totally wiped out when I’m done and most of the workouts are super short. There’s always something different and new to do almost everyday, so it keeps me out of workout slumps. I can’t even say how much I love the website! The two of them are awesome 😀 Anyway, I have a gym membership too, but the place is a little far away and I can’t seem to get my butt out the door to go there. I’m thinking about not renewing it either because it’s kind of just wasting money.

  60. August 28, 2011 8:30 am

    I’ve been going to my gym for years, and it’s like a second home to me. It’s even where I met my fiance! He’s a trainer there, and I love all the other trainers that work there too. I’m definitely a gym exerciser, and I take full advantage of the awesome spin classes at my gym. With that said, I think in your situation it would make more sense to not have a membership. Worst comes to worst, you miss it, and become a member again. You don’t want to waste your money, especially when you can get an awesome workout at home! I haven’t tried any BodyRock routines, but I should check that out! I’m always looking for new workouts.

    Oh, and I want that egg cup!

  61. August 28, 2011 9:46 am

    Hihi, I love your new egg-cup and spoon! So cute! And your lunch looks really yummy!

    I like your thoughts! It should be ok to add an extra workout if you feel like it. Exactelly like we should rest if thats what we feel like!
    I prefere to run at the gym (I actually love the treadmill- so many people to watch), and do yoga at home.
    Have a beautiful Sunday sweetie :**

  62. August 28, 2011 10:37 am

    I like the BodyRock workouts that I have tried, but I do find myself performing them with really bad form which makes me think that I’m going to end up hurting myself if I do them too often. But they are definitely intense!!!

    I have that same egg/cup holder thing. It is adorable!

    I’ll take working out at home over the gym any day. I only wish I had more equipment/heavier weights.

  63. August 28, 2011 11:35 am

    I really like ice cream too 😛 And that egghead is TOO cute!
    I prefer working out at home most of the time. Or at apartment gyms that are walkable distance. The only reason I still drive to my gym is because of the classes. Otherwise, I honestly have no motivation to go.
    If I were you, I’d definitely take advantage of that gym at your new building that you’ll be moving in to. And so soon!! 🙂
    Lately I’ve been enjoying workouts at home that I find from magazines, books, and online (like body rock or tone it up). And I enjoy fitness DVD’s too. And yes, body rock whoops my butt. But in a good way 🙂

  64. August 28, 2011 11:44 am

    I love the look of the bodyrock workouts as they’re so short, but I haven’t actually tried any yet. I used to love the gym but I’ve definitely fallen out of love with it a bit, sometimes the thought of going is just…. eugh. I like going with a friend, but we don’t always get much actual working out done!

  65. August 28, 2011 12:51 pm

    I prefer the gym simply because they have classes which I’ve fallen back in love with recently. And I tend to work out much harder in the gym than at home. There are too many distractions here!

  66. August 28, 2011 1:34 pm

    I’m one of those people that hates the gym. Absolutely hate it. I think it’s boring and I don’t like that they’re are other people around all the time and I just don’t like the bright lights and everything really.
    I’m not really an outdoorsy person but I much prefer to be outside either running or walking.

  67. August 28, 2011 2:33 pm

    Your home gym set-up is AWESOME!!! I am jealous:) Will you grocery shop for me…all of your food looks so so good:)

  68. August 28, 2011 5:33 pm

    I just lace up my shoes and head out 🙂 I can only go the the gym a few times a week. Too many gym sessions make me feel weird for some reason.

  69. August 28, 2011 6:05 pm

    That’s a tough question!! I lovee working out at home, but I love getting in the gym for some weight lifting and using the machines. Back home in California, I would have said the gym because I went to gym classes almost every day, but here the classes aren’t the same. 😦 With all the stuff you’ve got to work out with at home though, I’d say home!

  70. August 29, 2011 3:31 pm

    hi Amanda!

    i’ve recently stumbled upon your lovely blog & i think i remember you from .seek. 🙂
    i love the way you write & express yourself here. it is so.. calm & eloquent.

    looking forward to catching up w/ your posts now 🙂 lots of love!

  71. August 29, 2011 3:52 pm

    If i had all of the things you have in your home gym i would probably not even have a membership! I would miss the classes but i could definitely work with a treadmill and all those weights!

  72. September 3, 2011 8:53 am

    Bodyrock workout? O.M.G.
    Try the 600 reps workout. The plank lift off are killers.

  73. beckafly permalink
    September 10, 2011 6:50 pm

    I like going to the gym for the classes. I can’t really do a gym membership on a student budget so I just work out at home. I do a ton of walking (I’m within walking distance of pretty much everything, so why not?), yoga, dance, weights etc. so a gym is too much an added expense right now.

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