Guilt-free gaming and children's day

Some of my favorite childhood memories are spending time with family. Yeah, yeah, I know… they can annoy the heck out of me at times. But, they were always there, and I knew that my parents really loved my brother and myself.

My family is extremely important to me. When it comes to down time, I really enjoy including my daughter in many of our activities. She’s a great kid; I love hanging out with her. So yes, at times what I enjoy is tweaked a bit to ensure she’s having a great time too. Now that I think about it, I imagine that’s one of the reasons why I simply cannot get too wrapped up in gaming, especially MMORPG’s, as much as I enjoy playing them. Gaming is one of my guilty pleasures, and it’s something you’ll occasionally see me doing when my daughter is sleeping or preoccupied.

That’s why I enjoy the shorter video games, like First Person Shooters. The story lines don’t last too long. MMORPG’s, can be a huge time sink (if you let it) and they have that social aspect going along with it. I’ve met so many great folks in the few games I’ve played, but it can get time-consuming. When I was playing World of Warcraft, I could have easily spent hours kicking some night elf or human butt in a Battleground, but I didn’t.

Now that I think about it, even if I were truly single, I wouldn’t be spending too much time in the gaming fantasy world, because I still would feel guilty. Crazy, I know. Why is that? As much as I hate to admit it, if I linger in a game too long, I feel guilty wasting my time in the gaming world.

At times I gently reprimand myself, thinking of the other ways I could better use my time to do something ‘constructive’.

  • I could be working out
  • I could be writing an article
  • I could be working on some designs
  • I could social networking for my business
  • I could be reading

Well, you get the idea, and if you have a guilty pleasure, perhaps you’ve done something similar? After a few hours you’ll find me (regretfully at times) looking to do something creative. Besides, when my daughter is awake and not occupied the last thing I want to be doing is escaping into some magical fantasy world. I want to be ‘here’ if she needs me.

I know a lot of the guilt has to do with how my brother and I were raised. My parents, when not working, spent a lot of time with us and that has left a major impact on the way I interact with my daughter. I really enjoyed knowing that my parents were ‘there’ whenever I needed them. They included us in there interests and actively encouraged our own.

This week, my daughter is bursting with excitement! I told her I’m bringing her to my gym. My daughter knows how important fitness is. It makes you feel good, it’s good for you, and it increases your energy level. She knows that exercise can be a lot of fun too. Our exercise usually involves games. It doesn’t feel like exercise to her, and it’s a lot of fun! There are some games we play inside; others are done outside. Regardless of the weather, we got our physical activities covered

Anyway, childrens’ day at my gym is set aside for Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays. Although it isn’t all day, the hours are enough to play in the pool. Although she was at my gym when she was three, she really doesn’t remember too much about it, and so I’m sure our first trip will be a tour of some of the equipment mommy uses. My daughter is excited and has already changed her swimming outfit a few times. You want to know something, I’m sure it will change again before we head to the gym this Tuesday.

Finding a happy medium can be challenging; Work, family, personal time. etc., Sometimes it seems impossible to make it all fit, right? However, I think I’ve finally stumbled upon what works for my daughter and myself. A few hours a week you can find me escaping into the gaming world, it’s simply one of the ways I spend my personal time.

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Upcoming fitness updates

Precor EFX 5.31 Premium Series Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer.jpgYou would think as much as I work out, I would include some of my fitness routines here, sadly I haven’t been doing that. Yep, I’ve totally dropped the ball in this area, however that’s about to change.

In the future, I’ll post some of my fitness routines. My workouts are fairly intense, which is how I like them. I have a lot of energy, so it’s nice to burn through some of that doing my conventional (and unconventional workout.)

I’m a member of Bally’s Total Fitness; the cross trainer pictured above is one of the types used in their gym. It’s a Precor EFX 5.31 Premium Series Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer. If you want to purchase it, you most likely will be spending over $3,000 for a new model. Early this morning you could find me in the gym sweating it out on a cross trainer. It was an intense workout, but I felt great as I pounded my feet, moved my hands, and rocked out with my Ipod on the Cross trainer. When it comes to cardio equipment, I believe this has to be one of my favorites? I set it at the highest incline possible, which in my case is ten, and ran the entire time. I normally run between 10 – 45 minutes. It’s a great all body workout. Running forwards or backwards, it doesn’t matter; I still run at the same speed. My hands move along with me as I run, sometimes I use light weights while I’m on the trainer.

I had limited gym time today, and so I didn’t run as long as I normally do. I like to end my workouts by sitting in the sauna, and so I worked my way to the sauna after swapping out of my workout shoes. slipped on some flip flops and headed to the dry sauna. I normally stay in the sauna for about an hour, but that didn’t happen today since I was on limited time. I think I stayed in there for about thirty minutes? I keep myself hydrated, and I also do sauna rounds. I’ll write more on sauna rounds, the benefits of utilizing the sauna in a later post.

Gym talk: Chatting about health & nutrition

Occasionally I’ll receive comments while in the gym about my workout routine, I’m more than happy to take a few moments and chat with people about what I do, and in some cases assist them with various exercises. Sometimes people are afraid to ask for help, which I think is sad. It’s important to remember at some point we’ve all started at the beginning. I tend to wear a lot of vegan name shirts while I’m at the gym. Yes, it’s a conversation starter. Naturally one of the questions I get, is where do I get my protein? I have a muscular build (think of the fitness/figure competitors) so I’m obviously getting my protein from somewhere, and it surely isn’t from animal products or supplements.

One comment I do hear often, “You’re in great shape, You can eat anything you want!” I smile and say thanks and say, “Sure, I could… but knowing the impact that certain food choices have on our bodies, I choose not too!” That usually leads to discussions about food and I chat briefly about the impact it can have upon your health. It’s all (food/health) connected, respect your body by filling it with delicious and nourishing foods. I’m not one to preach veganism, at times I do think you can have a huge impact simply leading by example.

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