At Home It’s a Go At Gym It’s a No

Hi again 😀 Hope your days just swimming on by! How do you guys like this font? I’m not really too keen on what I had before. This is Calibri – it’s my favorite to use in the office, so we’ll see how it does in blog land. As a forewarning – this won’t be the first change you see coming to Running Around Normal. In the next couple weeks, it will have a whole new look! I’m SO excited about it 😀

So it sounds like we all deal with guilt from time to time. It’s a natural human response – but it’s how we deal with it that matters most, right? 🙂

In spirit of the new rule to cut running days down from five to four in order to avoid further injury, I woke up this morning knowing I would forgo my usual Thursday six mile run and instead get some cross training in.

This also meant I could exercise in the comfort of my own home! I split the session into cardio and strength training by doing 35 minutes on the elliptical and then full body weights – superset-style. It took about an hour in total.

Four Favorite Things about Working Out at Home

Pulling two completely random socks out of the “orphan sock bag” (you know, where all the socks that go into the dryer in pairs and come out all alone) instead of digging for two matches:



Looks good to me! I won’t mind!

Shamelessly Watching Days of Our Lives or sing my lungs out while watching MTV (no really, it’s actually music television before 6 in the morning)


No weird looks from gym-goers while belting out “TEEN – AGE DREAM..dadadadada TEEN- AGE DREAM…uhh.. dadadada”  this time! 😉

Leaving all the equipment laying around until the end of the workout:



No, I’m in fact not using that at the moment. So WHAT! 😛

And lastly, going from this:


To this:


In less than 10 minutes.      

I’m out of almond milk right now which is pretty much a key ingredients in ALL my breakfasts – oats, over night oat cereal, waffles, etc. So this morning, I had to think outside the box carton.

I think this is my first true all yogurt cereal combination:


There’s a boatload of ingredients in there, but almond milk isn’t one of them!


¾ c. plain Greek yogurt

½ c. pumpkin


1 tsp. pumpkin butter

½ scoop vanilla Jay Robb protein powder

1 T. raw almond butter

¼ c. oats

1 T. chia seeds

½ banana

¼ c. granola

Yum! I think it may be making a regular occurrence now 🙂

Well it’s a busy day at the Big Insurance Company today, better get back to work!


What’s your favorite thing about working out from home – whether it’s strength training, a workout DVD, yoga, or using your own equipment? I’m also a big fan of waiting to brush my teeth until afterword and avoiding the outdoors when it’s cold and snowy!


7 Responses

  1. I only live like 1 minute form the gym, but I do love rolling out of bed for yoga and doing it in my pajamas!

  2. The best part about working out at home is not worrying about my appearance. Not that I get crazy with hair and makeup when I go to the gym, but at home I wear mismatched rags and my hair is just crazy! I usually wait to brush my teeth until after my workout too.

  3. omg LOVE working out at home…i have gone from feeling a slave to getting to the actual gym to exercise balls, a pair of 12 lb wts, a yoga mat and some creativity…and rocking the at home workouts…so much freedom to not have to be a slave to gym childcare that’s always closing and not open long enough for my schedule!

  4. I LOVE working out at home! I like being able to do yoga in my jammies or ride the bike in just a sports bra and running shorts, or being able to pause Jillain Michaels when she’s telling me to not “phone it in” lol 🙂 Oh and getting right to breakfast isn’t half bad either!!

  5. I hate working out at home. Primarily because I’m not motivated enough to do it! I’ll start, but very quickly find something else to do.
    Therefore, abdominal exercises are the only thing I do at home since I never spend more than 15 minutes on them at one time and everything can be done without almost any equipment!

  6. I not so good at at-home workouts. I cannot seem to motivate myself to do them. I usually stick with yoga On Demand when I need a good stretch, though.

    You have some great equipment at home!

  7. I use calibri at work too. Can’t wait to see the changes!

    I wish I worked out more often at home. I do have a workout room and I’m just not sure why I neglect it.

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