Riding the stationary bike on rainy day

I woke up this morning to a cold and rainy day.

The sky is cloudy and gray.

It was difficult to get out of bed. Since I work from home and work by the project, being productive is important. I usually start my day with an intense workout. I like it best when the weather is beautiful and I can exercise outside. I prefer to go for a run, ride my bike or jump rope on my patio. The fresh air and sunshine motivates me. Today, however, I felt tired and sluggish. I also woke up with a headache. While I can workout in my living room, it’s not ideal. There is limited space, and I worry about causing damage. Instead, I decided to ride the stationary bike for an hour. I always feel a little about using the bike. It’s so enjoyable that it seems like cheating. I get to sit on a comfortable seat, listen to music and read on my Ipad. There’s even a fan to blow cold air on me. I can choose from a variety of programs and target either time, distance or calories burned. I set 400 calories as my end goal to accomplish and make an effort to complete the workout as quickly as possible. I elevate intensity by increasing resistance and pedaling faster. I’m always sweaty by the end, and I definitely feel the workout in my legs afterward. The bike is a great break from my regular style of workouts. It rests my joints and lets me exercise without thinking about it.

Certified gym

Group fitness class gets me motivated

I have made new friends with people who are more dedicated to their fitness.

My friends talked me into a gym membership and signing up for a group fitness class. They promised me it would be a fun way to get in shape. The first day of class, I thought the instructor was going to kill us. I had sweat running down my face and could hardly catch my breath. I realized that my friends were not half as exhausted as I was because they spent most of the class chatting. I didn’t sign up for a fitness class to socialize. I don’t like to waste my time. I started stretching, running, biking and lifting weights at home. I started being more careful about what I ate and drinking more water. I didn’t want to be the worst one in the class and embarrass myself. By the second class, I had a little more strength and stamina. My friends continued to stand at the back and be lazy. After class, they wanted to go out for drinks and pizza. I really didn’t want to undo all of the benefits and progress of the class by loading up on empty calories. I ended up going out with my friends, drinking water and having a terrible time. I’ve now been taking the class for eight weeks. My original group of friends have all dropped out. I have made new friends with people who are more dedicated to their fitness. After class, we meet up and drink either fruit smoothies or protein shakes. We get together on the weekends to ride bikes, kayak, hike and paddle board. I feel so much healthier and happier now.

 

Group Fitness Training Classes

A home gym isn’t the same as a fitness center

For several years after I graduated from college, I lived in an apartment in the city.

Although I wasn’t happy with the noise and lack of privacy, it was nice being walking distance to many amenities.

My cramped little apartment was steps away from an incredible selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and theaters. I had a gigantic fitness center right around the corner. It was so convenient to be able to access a wide array of fitness equipment at any time of the day or night. My membership provided use of a heated indoor swimming pool, where I often swam laps. I sometimes ran the indoor track, climbed the rock wall or took advantage of the tanning beds. There was a hot tub, sauna and a steam room. I could run on any of a number of treadmills or use the ellipticals, rowing machines or stationary bikes. I really liked the variety of strength training machines that allowed me to target specific muscles. When I bought my own home and moved out of the city, I gained a great deal of square footage and land. I now have a garage where I can park my car, plenty of closet space and more than one bathroom. I can barbecue on my patio and tan in my sun lounger. Unfortunately, the commute is too far to make a gym membership worth it. I’ve had to set up a home gym. While I’ve invested into a treadmill, weight bench, free weights and a yoga mat, it’s not the same as a fully outfitted fitness center.

 

Heath and Fitness Center

Proving that I’m the better man

Although my aged man had knocked me around a bunch over the years, the first day I slammed him back was the last day I lived under his roof… I had always taken his horrendous abuse, but finally he pushed me too far.

I was aged enough and large enough to fight the man back.

I don’t want to brag, even though I did kick the snot out of him and leave him resting on the floor. I packed up my stuff, walked out the front door, and decided that my revenge would be living a better life than he ever had, and this is what pushed me through high school, the trade university, and into the Heating and A/C machine industry. I did well in university, but I knew I couldn’t afford university, even though I could work until I could pay for my Heating and A/C education. The local community university had a special Heating and A/C prep course program provided in their night university, just for working class people like me who were attempting to improve their lives. I have to say the instructors there were superb, and not only taught me the ropes, they introduced me to local Heating and A/C techs and companies. In this town, the Heating and A/C community is extremely close, and a lot of these people used to work as techs together years ago. By leaving the luggage of my family behind, I was able to embrace this modern Heating and A/C family, and genuinely get into it. After I got my Heating and A/C certification I was really working a great career with full benefits within a week, and I’m already making more than my father was making.

 

furnace/heater

Already doing better than my old man

Although my outdated guy had beat me up over the years, the first afternoon I hit him back was the last afternoon I was able to stay under his roof.

I had consistently taken his abuse all those years, however finally he pushed me too far, in addition to I was outdated enough in addition to pressing enough to fight back. I don’t truly want to brag, but I did bust him up a bit and leave him kneeling on the floor. I packed up my stuff, walked out the front door, in addition to decided that my revenge would be residing a better life than he was able to. This is what pushed me through high school, the trade school, in addition to into the Heating in addition to Air Conditioning industry. Although I did well in school, I knew I would not be able to cover the price for school, but I could task part time to spend my savings on my Heating in addition to Air Conditioning education. The local community school had a special Heating in addition to Air Conditioning prep course program provided in their night school, just for working class people similar to me who wanted to improve their lives. I have to say the instructors there were wonderful, in addition to not only taught me the ropes, but were able to introduce me to local Heating in addition to Air Conditioning techs in addition to business owners. In this town, the Heating in addition to Air Conditioning community is very tightly knit, in addition to a lot of these business owners used to task as techs together years ago. By leaving the luggage of my family behind, I was able to get with this new Heating in addition to Air Conditioning family, in addition to particularly throw myself into everything head first. After I got my Heating in addition to Air Conditioning certification I was working a superb task with full benefits within a week, in addition to I’m already making more a year than my outdated guy did in his years.

 

Air conditioner install

I planned to do better than my father

Although my old guy had knocked me around a lot over the years, the first day I hit him back was the last day I lived in his dwelling! I had consistently taken his abuse, however finally he pushed me too far, plus I was old enough plus large enough to fight back.

I don’t want to brag, but I did beat his butt plus leave him laying on the floor.

I packed up my stuff, walked out the front door, plus decided that my revenge would be living a finer life than he ever had! This is what pushed me through high school, the trade university, plus into the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C appliance industry! Although I did well in university, I knew I couldn’t afford university, but I could work part time to pay for my Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C appliance education. The local community university had a special Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C prep course program that was provided during their evening university. It was for working class people similar to me who wanted to improve their lives. I have to say the professors there were wonderful, plus not only taught me the ropes, but introduced me to local Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C appliance techs plus dealers. In this town, the Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C appliance community is pretty close, plus a lot of these dealers used to work as techs together years ago… By leaving the luggage of my family behind, I was able to embrace this new Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C family, plus throw myself into it. After I got my Heating, Ventilation as well as A/C certification I was easily working well with full benefits within a week, plus I’m already making more a year than my father managed.
HVAC installation

Getting revenge with a successful life

Although my old lady knocked me around numerous times over the years, the first morning I hit her back was the last morning I lived under her roof.

I had constantly taken her abuse, but finally she pushed me too far, & I was old enough & big enough to easily fight back.

I don’t want to brag, even though I did kick the snot out of her & leave her sitting on the floor. I packed up my stuff, walked out the front door, & made the decision that my revenge would be residing a better life than she ever had. This is what pushed me through school, the trade school, & into the HVAC industry. Although I did well in school, I knew I couldn’t afford college, even though I could work part time to cover the cost for my HVAC education. The local community college had a special HVAC prep course program given in their night school, just for working class people similar to me who wanted to improve their lives. I have to say the professors there were amazing, & not only taught me the ropes, but introduced me to local HVAC techs & suppliers. In this town, the HVAC community is tightly knit, & a lot of these suppliers used to work as techs together years ago. By leaving the luggage of my family behind, I was able to embrace this new HVAC family, & undoubtedly throw myself into it with everything I had. After I got my HVAC certification I was working a fantastic job with full benefits within a week, & I’m already making more a year than my old lady ever managed.

 

HVAC serviceman

Success is the best revenge

Although my old man had knocked me around many times over the years, the first day I hit him back was the last day I lived under his roof.

I had always taken his abuse, but finally he pushed me too far, and I was old enough and big enough to fight back.

I don’t want to brag, but I did kick the snot out of him and leave him laying on the floor. I packed up my stuff, walked out the front door, and decided that my revenge would be living a better life than he ever had. This is what pushed me through high school, the trade school, and into the HVAC industry. Although I did well in school, I knew I couldn’t afford college, but I could work part time to pay for my HVAC education. The local community college had a special HVAC prep course program offered in their night school, just for working class people like me who wanted to improve their lives. I have to say the instructors there were awesome, and not only taught me the ropes, buty introduced me to local HVAC techs and contractors. In this town, the HVAC community is very tightly knit, and a lot of these contractors used to work as techs together years ago. By leaving the luggage of my family behind, I was able to embrace this new HVAC family, and really throw myself into it. After I got my HVAC certification I was working a great job with full benefits within a week, and I’m already making more a year than my old man ever did.

heated floors

It was sad when the A/C machine quit working at the bar

Although I basically always wanted to be a bartender, I ended up being a bouncer instead… When people notice me, with my height, my bulk, my bald head and long beard, they suppose I am somewhat intimidating.

  • I am not aggressive and don’t adore arguments, the bosses always wanted me at the front door keeping troublemakers from coming into the bar.

I honestly hated this task, and that is what helped push me towards education, so that I could find something way better. It took about 18 months, however finally I got certified in HVAC repair and was able to transport on to more enjoyable pastures. It was nice that my boss threw me a large going away get-together at the bar, and promised to call me in whenever they had any HVAC machine problems. It turned out that it took exactly a single week. Seven nights later the bar owner called me on my personal line and asked me to come in and look at the cooling machine for the bar. What he didn’t assume was that for the last 18 months I had been using his HVAC machine for practice! Essentially, I was tuning up and tinkering with his outdated HVAC machine to keep it running! Now that I wasn’t there to tend to it respectfully, the outdated girl was having trouble and I knew they would need a whole new HVAC system not before long. I went into the bar the next evening and did my due diligence with the outdated AC machine, although I told the owner the truth — he had possibly a few more months before the cooling machine finally died for good.

 

fireplace

The A/C equipment at the bar entirely failed

Although I consistently had the wish to be a bartender, I ended up being a bouncer.

When people see me, with my height, my bulk, my bald head as well as terribly long beard, they guess I am intimidating.

So I am not aggressive as well as don’t care about fights, but the bosses consistently wanted me at the front door keeping troublemakers from coming into the building. I certainly hated this task, as well as that is what helped push me into education, so that I could find something better to do with my life. It took eighteen months, however finally I got certified in Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C appliance repair as well as was able to move on to nicer pastures. It was certainly nice that my boss threw me a massive going away celebration at the bar, as well as promised to call me whenever they had any Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C problems. It turned out that it wasn’t very long. Seven mornings later the bar owner called me on my personal line as well as asked me to come in as well as look at the air conditioning appliance for the bar. What he didn’t actually know was that for the last 18 months I had been using his Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C equipment for practice. I was pretty much tuning up as well as tinkering with his old Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C equipment to keep it running… Now that I wasn’t there to tend to it regularly, the old girl was breaking down as well as I knew they would need a whole new Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C system. I went into the bar the following evening as well as did my due diligence with the old AC system, but I told the owner the truth of what was going on — he had maybe a few more months before the air conditioning equipment died for good.

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