Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Anniversary and Gym Etiquette

I was going to do a wordless Wednesday, but alas, who is EVER out of words? Not me. Well, not today. 

First of all: 
Happy Birthday to My Dad!! 
We get younger and better looking as time goes's in the genes! 

SO, this is an old picture, how can you tell? Miss Mary is nearly at her highest weight. But this was right around the time when I started my journey to and changed my habits! 

Almost forgotten Anniversary: 
Sunday was an anniversary for me--March 6th, 2010 I tested out and became a Personal Trainer! I went from being at my highest weight ever (above), from being a smoker: 

Over drinker and over eater, to a life time Weight Watchers member, Certified Personal Trainer, Marathoner, Kettle Bell instructor and boot camp instructor! 

This was me on my LAST day of my corporate career(March 19th 2010)--happily heading into the unknown that was ahead and what a RIDE it's been!! 

Leaving work for the last time, heading off into the wide world of fitness! 

THRILLED to be a new trainer and to be used for a greater purpose, for what I was intended to be used for: helping others, encouraging, shedding light on the hope that lies within and their strength they have yet to discover! 

I just wanted to give props to my family and the people who supported me along the way as I lept, with my little plan and a TON of faith that this would work. And it has. SO, thank you everyone, thank you Lord, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! 

Honolulu Marathon Finisher and HI love... 

We are all in this together ya know. We show up after a long day at work or at home with the kids, a long day on the phone or on the road and all we want to do is sweat out the stress. Turn on our tunes and just JAM on that treadmill or in that Turbo Kick class! Along with all the other 3000 members of your local gym. 

It's a give and take at the gym, we all have to be on our best behavior. There are real rules: 
wear shoes
don't run or yell
Walk or run one way on the track
no cursing
sign up for a machine
obey the time limits etc... 

But there are unspoken rules to, there are rules that are courtesies we extend to each other for the love of the workout...but not always. I asked my tweeps to post their biggest gym etiquette tip and they had some great ones: 

Put away your weights
Wipe off your machine
Watch the scented personal products
Don't STARE at people (good one)

AND more...

Allow people to rotate in while using equipment between sets
Don't hog a machine if you aren't using it
Don't talk to people who are listening to their music or are in the zone
Don't sing out loud
Don't talk on your cell phone to your baby mama
Watch how close and friendly you are in the locker room
Use that towel! 
Clean up after yourself-throw away that rag, recycle the empty bottle and ALWAYS
Thank the trainers, front desk staff and employees who help you... 

What is YOUR biggest tip on being the best gym member you can? 


Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

I ALWAYS wipe off the sweat from the machine with my sweaty towel. It's the least I can do...

Anonymous said...

If you take your kids to the gym and they are running on the track with you, instruct them to not stop on the track in front of runners.

Janelle said...

I like it when people smile at me so I try to do the same. Like Mary said, we've all had a long day or are getting ready for the day (for those morning people) and having positivity around me in the gym is motivating. On the flip side...

My positivity ends when people forget that the conversations they are having are not exactly private when they are yelling over the hum of the machines and I can't tune them out with Girl Talk blasting in my ears. I may forget to smile then.

Ann said...

Congrats on how far you've come!! your success continues to motivate and inspire me on my wweight-loss journey!! :) todays post was da bomb dot com. Lol.

Shannon said...

OK, this has nothing to do with the gym. But I just had to come and say a few things. First: I just noticed I'm on your blogroll! Thanks, Mary! :) That is awesome. I appreciate it. Second, congrats in your 1-year anniversary! You continue to be SUCH a HUGE inspiration!!! And lastly, I cannot believe how much your dad looks like my dad. Srsly! Like, with only a quick glance you would think that WAS a picture of my dad and not yours. Too funny! :)

Megan said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! Look at how many things have happened just in the last year. You're a busy gal!

Gym tip? Just pick up after yourself! Rack the weights, put away your mat or medicine ball or whatever, don't leave litter around. Try to keep things looking nice for all the other members.

Kerri O said...

You are such an inspiration to me!
And as far as the gym etiquette...I don't have a gym anywhere near me, but I'm glad because I absolutely sing out loud...luckily I'm either at home or running down a deserted road. Luckily the cows don't seem to mind me belting out something cheesy like The Climb ;)

Chubby McGee said...

WELL! Happy Birthday to your dad! And GO, YOU on your anniversary. You rock! Seriously! GOAL! I'm inspired!

And I had to LOL at the one person who said, "Don't stare at the fat girl. We need to be there too." LOL! I'll sign up for a gym when I'm not SOOOO fat. I promise!

That Pink Girl said...

Happy anniversary Mary! It's been exciting to get to watch you follow and achieve your dreams! Can't wait to see what else God has in store for you! said...

Happy birthday to your dad!! happy anniversary to you!! I totally admire you and hope someday to be able to make a leap as well! You are inspiring!!

As for Chubby McGee I was about 400lb when I got my membership, the stares I got made me want to leave! Don't wait!! Do it now. Life waits for noone

Dr. TriRunner said...

First of all, that is an AWESOME picture of you and that parrot. Not only because you have a ginormous bird on your shoulder, but you look so happy and strong! Hha it should be your profile picture. Or your bio picture for the Y. :D

Annnyways, gym etiquette. Wow I could probably write a book on all my pet peeves from the gym, but I think my biggest two are:

1. People who "reserve" equipment (cough*pullupstations*cough) with their little towel. Yes, I can usually wait for you to finish your set. But when you do like THREE pull ups and think you need a six minute recovery in between sets, and stand there like you just raised your blood pressure to 380/150 huffing and puffing... dude. Pack it up. I could have changed the weights/done ALL my sets/got my butt out of your huffing and puffing way in less time than your "recovery".

2. Airing your dirty laundry all over the gym. And by that I don't mean the stinky clothes, but the drama, the gossip, the "and then I saw him out with ...." that you feel you need to state at a volume for people all the way across the gym to hear.

Just sayin.... :D

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