Just a thought

I had a strange very detailed dream last night. I dream so rarely anymore. I don’t know why. 🙁 I also woke up thinking it was Sunday and quickly became very confused.

typing out the words made me realize that I don’t have any wishes or dreams. There is nothing I am striving for. I am just rolling along,  I have always found that to be an aggravating trait in other people, but now it’s me.  I may need to do some in depth searching about that.


The flip side

It is easy to post hints for being a better gym member because it really boils down to a couple of things that are just as important in real life dealings with people.

Be aware of yourself and the space you take up. Don’t be flinging sweat at people, or stepping into their personal space. In my gym we have a limited space to be before and after actually being on the mat and it is important that you pay attention to those around you. Don’t stand in the middle of the room chatting, do not stand in front of the the cubbies – grab your stuff and move.

Be helpfu but not overbearing. It is good to help someone who looks lost or you know is new, but do not tell everyone that they are doing moves wrong. Some people are just adapting the move for their own body.

I am looking forward to a lovely spring day today!



Waiting for files to transfer on a 2.0 USB cable to my phone….

So I am stuck sitting here….I forgot how slow computers are. I will type an opinion piece about good vs bad trainers

I don’t believe anyone from my gym reads this blog so I won’t worry too much about people thinking I am talking about them. I am probably not, this is really more general. Through the years I have had a pretty good sampling of the different types of trainers.The good, the bad, the ugly and the awesome. Someone new may be teaching a class at my current gym and it made me start thinking about what makes a good trainer.

A good trainer;

Doesn’t have to be everyones friend, but does have to be friendly to everyone.

Offers options for people of different degrees of fitness without making anyone feel bad. **

Uses the people as resources. Need to get 20 weights out on the mat? Have  people grab them instead of letting them stand with a lowering heart rate watching you do it.

Notices if people are having trouble hearing them, and adjusts, Music & Voice

Notices if people are getting lost in the stations and adjusts the simplicity for the next time.

Pushes everyone, but especially the people who are new or look unsure.

Pays attention to how people are doing the moves and offers suggestions when needed. No one wants someone to get hurt, or hurt someone next to them!

Knows how to read their audience. Some classes just feel serious and people are there to work, some classes are filled with laughter and people are there to burn off stress as much as burn calories.

Of course the closest I ever got to being a trainer was yelling at people during a warmup because the trainer didn’t feel good. That was fun. 🙂

** Pet Peeve of mine – A trainer once put out weights that were too heavy for most of the class to do more than one or two reps, and neither of those reps with good form, and then said – “I don’t want to see anyone grabbing a lighter weight” So, 90% of the class got a three second station and felt bad about themselves. Most everyone knows that it should be challenging but you should be able to do at least 75% of the reps. Three seconds is only good for causing injury, not building muscle.


High Tea and Crumpets

I fell asleep (on purpose) watching chopped. I thought I would take a quick nap and wake up during the dessert round, so 20 minutes of light sleep. I did wake up during the dessert round but it was the next episode after an hours worth of dreams about strange things.  Oops. My body is exhausted. I do not know why, but it is. Just tired and beat up.

Let us say that hypothetically someone left me a package of marijuana wax. MJ wax is a whole different animal to work with, which if you are new at this edible game is liable to leave you with many experiments that turn into nothing or 18 hour highs that knock you on your ass. The easiest use I believe is in coconut oil. The taste leaves something to be desired but it is handy and can be added to multiple things including nighttime chamomile tea for a nice night sleep without being attacked by waves of invisible stinging bugs on your arms. No solution of course for daytime stinging bugs.

On a whim one morning when I had another functioning adult to take care of anything  I rubbed some on my arms directly. I believe it works! There is NO psychotropic effect and it only seems to work for a few hours instead of 16. When I did some quick research it appears that my experience is normal and it is a favorite to be used for muscle aches and arthritis. So to recap, no high, works for side effects, pure botanical. And of course, not approved by the FDA. Oh and of course the negative side effect is that I may smell a little strange. I am writing about this now because when I had my extra long nap my arms were terrible, well just one. So I just tried it again. Within about five minutes it was all better. I also have a sore muscle in the same spot from working out last night, it would be a nice bonus.