Home Gym: Forming ideas

There has been a bunch of other stuff with the new house that needs to be done, meaning the gym has taken a back seat…for now.

The previous owners left a TON of paint behind so I am trying to utilize that and avoid buying more. I tried to find the brightest colours they left and I think I succeeded.

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There’s is only a small amount of the green and a whole lot of the blue/purple. Deciding how to split up the colours in the room will be interesting.

For the chalk board, I think I will buy chalkboard paint instead of a board. If there is enough, I could use to fill the upper half of one wall.

We also have two large mirrors that we reclaimed from our previous house that will be going up.

Next thing on my list is to rip out that closet and paint the concrete floor.

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Home gym: The Beginning

So a lot has happened since I last checked in. I quit my job and my husband and I packed up and moved east.

We spent the last two weeks on the road moving and finally got into our new place last Friday. One of the perks of the new place is one of the bedrooms in the basement is only partially finished and the perfect place to build a home gym. The room is 12’x14′ and pretty much a blank slate.

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Plans for the space:
1) Knock out the closet to open up the space.
2) Paint the floor and add rubber mats
3) Add squat/ power rack with barbells and plates
4) Chalk/ white board for tracking workouts
5) TV with chrome cast for workout entertainment or running workout apps
6) Storage for dumbbells, barbell and plates
7) Somehow fit our treadmill and spin bike in the space too

We have some other work to do in the house so hopefully the gym won’t take too long to complete. The hardest part will be to source the rack and weight as I plan to buy used plates. I will be scouring kijiji for the next little while.

Cheat Days

This is a re-post from my old blog. Original Post was created October 2014.

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The other day at work I overheard a conversation about dieting and cheat days as a tool for weight loss and weight maintenance.  I have never had a “cheat day” as such, there will be days that I eat more or eat worse than I normally would, but I have never allotted a day just for eating badly.

This conversation got me thinking about cheat days and why I never felt the need to use them. They are a great tool for many people and have helped many people lose weight, but I cannot get behind the idea. And here is why.

  1. A cheat day implies that you are on a “diet”

The problem with implying that you are on a “diet” is that “diets” are often seen as a temporary endeavors, and cheat days reinforce that. One day a week you can go back to eating the way you used to and you never fully get on board with the lifestyle change.

  1. The need for a cheat day implies unsustainable restriction

This flows from the first one, “diets” generally include restriction and this restriction is often unsustainable in the long term. This is why so many people yoyo with their weight. They cut back severely while on a diet and then loosen up when they lose the weight. Their old habits come back and so do the pounds. If you need to reward yourself with a cheat day, you are probably over restricting yourself.

  1. Cheat days can result in binging

It is so easy to go overboard on a cheat day, especially if you are severely restricting yourself during the rest of the week. For many people bad food is an addiction and once they start they can’t stop, essentially undoing all the work they did during the week.

  1. Cheat days can be tough to handle mentally

Going overboard or binging can wreak havoc on a person’s mental state when they are trying to lose weight and can sometimes derail them completely. When you are trying to lose weight and you go over your calorie goal it is seen as a failure, and even if going over is planned. This can lead to self-doubt and giving up completely.

  1. Cheat days labels some food as bad

While there are certainly foods that are not good for you, labeling foods as bad and leaving them for cheat days reinforces the idea that you shouldn’t be eating them and may result in over eating on your cheat days.

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So if not cheat days, then what. For me it is all about balance. As I said over restricting can lead to binging, so it is important to incorporate your favorite foods into your diet. Cutting out all the foods you love will be hard to sustain, so eat the foods you love, but just don’t eat too much. And if cheat days’ work for you, then great, but be aware of the potential pitfalls.