Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Life Projects- The Fitness Room

  On January 1 of this year, I made the same New Year's resolve I (and the rest of America) always do. To lose some weight while getting healthier. Jason decided to do it with me and we were just finally getting into the swing of our new lifestyle habits, and starting to see results, when he passed mid-February. The day before he died he had said that he was going to stick to it this time and I told him I would, too. He said he was feeling good and wanted to keep it up. We had each lost about 20 pounds as of that conversation. 
  In the weeks following his last night with us, I lost a little more weight, but not the healthy way. I was simply not able to eat. My best friend followed me around for days trying to trick me into eating meals. Slowly but surely, my appetite came back (like she always does. Bitch never stays gone long) and I have since resumed my old unhealthy eating habits, unfortunately.  
  So here we are, over 7 months later and I've counted nary a calorie, nor worked out (beyond parenting 2 young children, which IS its own kind of workout) since. Luckily, I haven't gained back those 20 pounds I lost at the beginning of the year. But I have a lot of work to do to even come close to my glory days of yesteryear. 
Being that I want to keep one of my last promises to Jason to be around for a long time for our girls, health & stamina is high on the priority list (oh and I want to look good. There's that, too). So, I decided to finally put my formal dining room to use. We have lived in our house for years and I still had not committed to any use of the front room. I don't need a home office because I have an office at work, and I already spend too many hours there. I don't need a playroom because we already use the study for that. I don't need a formal dining room because I don't do "formal". I eat off of plastic ware and paper plates. Seriously. So there it sat, empty and plain for years. We used it mainly as a parking garage for the girls' bikes and toy cars. 






See! Super boring. So it only made sense to turn it into a fitness room!! See where I'm going with this? A place with good energy where I would like to be. Something attached to my house, since getting to the gym isn't really an option for my lifestyle right now. Don't you dare challenge that last statement or you run the risk of a black eye! I work all day, then I have a few precious hours with my girls to feed and bathe them, before they go to bed. I have to do chores and maintain the house somewhere in my off hours and I cannot go to the gym while they are home sleep. But I'm no quitter. So I enlisted the help of some old friends to bring the gym to me. 
Being the blessed and lucky girl that I am, I have friends who have their very own design business! Behind The Curtains Design (www.behindthecurtainsdesign.com) came today and rocked my world. I want to thank them for giving me exactly what I wanted and for offering to make this happen. I pulled my treadmill, formerly known as coat rack, in from the garage and the rest was all the genius of Behind The Curtains Design. 
Look at this beauty, complete with yoga mats, a sleek glitter paint stripe, a freshly painted wall, framed workouts, a stocked mini-fridge, towels, scale, curtains, workout ball, a huge mirror to stare at myself and take selfies in, hand weights, kettle ball, and of course, some motivational pieces!





These pictures do not do this room justice. And I know that I would not have been able to make this room look so nice alone. I don't have designer bones in my body. Huge thanks to Sarah & Tailer! Truly, you ladies have big hearts and I'm glad to know you! 
I am so glad to finally have a use for this room and a new place to work on my next project- me! 


P.S. Lila was a huge help... Until she painted on the wrong wall! 


                    Love & glitter paint,
                           Claire 















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