The home I was trying to build

Another piece of the puzzle of our home has fallen into place. I have underinvested in my health and fitness. Since my day job involves understanding just how badly Type 2 Diabetes messes with the body (and how the best way to deal with it in early stages are those two curse words: diet & exercise), I have been trying to figure out how to exercise more and eat better. During the summer, I’m actually not bad about running. I do 3.5 miles once or twice a week. It’s hardly training for a marathon, but it’s way better than nothing.

But right now the roads are sheets of ice, and yesterday the temperature was 3 degrees…. before wind chill. There are definitely times you can’t go for a run, unless you have a death wish. Even when the temperatures and traction aren’t prohibitive, the sun sets at 4:30 in December. There’s a good half of the year where it’s too dark to safely run after work.

Checking out the new fitness equipment

So after rejiggering our basement laundry room, we got a treadmill. Adam (the hero!) spent the better part of two days after work installing it. Tonight after dinner, I went for a run. It was great – it’s been a while since I ran. And it’s nice and cool down there!

My view right now

Then after the run, I went up to the study to do some yoga. The study is fast becoming everyone’s favorite room in the house. It’s just extremely hang-outable and comfortable. We’re still working on the zones and heating in this house, and this room that used to be the coldest in the house is now very cozy.

Finally, having worked up a great sweat I went up to my beautiful attic bathroom and took a shower (with steam boost!). And I just… really enjoyed the results of all the expense and time that we’ve spent on renovations. It just feels great to be in my home. And that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

So lovely

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Brenda currently lives in Stoneham MA, but grew up in Mineral WA. She is surrounded by men, with two sons, one husband and two boy cats. She plays trumpet at church, cans farmshare produce and works in software.

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