The Starting Line
Warren and I have stepped up to the starting line. We recently took a vacation back to Georgia! Upon coming home we have decided it is time to get our priorities in order. First things first we need to get back in shape. One thing my family has always supported is a healthy life style. Fitness and Mental!
I remember in my early 20’s watching my sister completing the Chicago Marathon and thinking…. Wow!!! I was so proud of her. When I decided to start jogging she was there to help me along. I completed my first 12k with my sister, brother-in-law and family friend in St. Peter
sburg Florida. Probably the best road trip I took that year. Marie and I then took a sister’s road trip to Nashville Tennessee and completed my first half Marathon! The moral of this story is — if I can do it so can most others. It took a little training, time and determination. I did decide that day 13.1 miles was a good milestone for me. A full marathon was not my next goal.
Skinny is not a word in my body’s vocabulary. Getting in shape however really did my body good! Warren and I have been a pretty active couple compared to many. Eating right, jogging, biking, and swimming has somehow been pushed aside these last few years since moving into our first apartment. All of the top chess coaches I know emphasize that getting a brain workout everyday is important. Just as important as getting one’s fitness workout in too. Most top chess teams during competitions and training workout together. I thought this was interesting when I first learned of it! Now I understand it much better. For the mind to con
centrate for long periods of time, the physical body plays a vital role supporting it.
I am a coupon lover! I enjoy seeing daily deals from Groupon, Living Social and Amazon. With a tight budget coupons even tend to feel more like window shopping these days. Warren and I were so happy when we got back to New Jersey and received a daily deal from amazon for Escape Fitness. This gym is only 5 minutes from our apartment and the deal included; 1 fitness assessment, 4 personal training sessions and 10 fitness classes. This sounded like an offer we couldn’t refuse.
Yesterday we stepped up to the starting line with our personal trainer Alisha to complete our fitness assessment. Did we pass? I think so because this journey will improve with time and taking the test was just the first step. Saturday morning will be our first training session. I look forward to recovery on Sunday.