Well the fam started out Sunday morning by jumping out of bed and heading to the Haselwood YMCA for a workout. This place is so, so much more than a gym. The kids get to play in the great "playplace", where they even rebraided C's hair this morning because I didn't brush it before we left home (bad mommy!)(although I did brush my own). They've got a ton of classes, yoga, a pool with lap swimming sections as well as that whole lazy river thing and a few slides. There are ballet, swimming, dance classes for kids too! So worth the membership, even if I do only go once or twice a week.
Lately we've been going on a weekend morning as a family. Today, Big G and I hit the gym. I guess he did some running and weights. I, however, tried something new - a TRX class. Holy s***. This was my first time and I knew I was in for it within the first 3 minutes. The class uses tension straps hanging from the ceiling to do a series of exercises. Your own body weight becomes your resistance and how you can make it harder or easier. For someone with a neurological disease, like I do, with really sh***y balance, I found I was able to do all the moves, but one. It didn't feel like it was hard on my joints, but it gave me a wicked strength workout. The leg shaking commenced before I made it two steps down the staircase at the end of the workout. I feel like I've definitely worked out...but I'm thinking that tomorrow I might be in my own private physical hell, where even squatting down to have a pee is an extreme effort. This I know, is all for my long-term physical health and well-being. Can't let my muscles go because I don't have the nerve function to build them back up again - thanks CMT1a! That's the delayed gratification part of my day.
Now for the instant gratification!!! I decided to participate in Craftaholics Anonymous 2013 Handmade Holiday Gift Exchange (type that twice!). I actually signed up for both the International and the U.S. only exchange. I've been paired with two gals - one from Toledo, Ohio, and one from Lithuania. I've been working on some crafty items as a result. I've sewn two portable project bags (I'll have to find pics later), and just in the last half hour I started AND finished 2 super-cozy, knit Infinity scarves. Why do I knit???? Sewing these puppies took mere minutes, plus the cost of the yardage was less than $14 and it made 2 scarves. When I knit a scarf, even just a cowl, it takes me days/weeks and usually ends up costing me in the range of $20-40 just for the yarn (I am an admitted yarn snob and only go for the good stuff.) So in less than a half an hour, Scarf#1 and Scarf#2 came into being.