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Where I share my jewels of wisdom of life

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Flex Your Power Now 

Building From the Inside Out

Strength Builds Character

Cindy Georgakas

Good Morning or Evening My Fri-Yayyy Friends!

I can still remember knocking on my sweet client/friend’s door and saying
“Good Morning, Alice”! She would answer most days “What’s so good about it”?

“I’m here” I would say” and she would shake her head and say “Jesus, Joseph and Mary, you are always Miss Happy, smiling. It’s all I can do to get up and answer the door”. With that, we always began our workout with a laugh, ready or not.

Today, I feel a bit like my dear friend, who’s no longer with us. It’s cold, it’s early and it’s Fri-Yay no less, so I should be leaping for joy right? That’s what we say on Friday anyway! Well we do, if you have been following along with me for the past couple years, when I made Fridays all about putting the YAYYYY in the day.

I have to be at the P.T. in 15 min which means even if I left right now, I would be 10 minutes late. They expect me late now. I’ve trained them, for better or worse. I’m sure when they see me they say, “let’s give her 20 extra lunges with 25 pound weights and whip her into shape. You would think I would have learned by now but I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.

It’s just not fun knowing I’ll have to do 3 sets of squats, lunges, crab walk (which seem so easy) until about the 3rd set when my glutes scream, “kill me now”. It’s all good for me though and I seem to be getting results. It beats the prospect of hip surgery which they seem to think is inevitable but I continue to hope I can avoid it. Well, at least until I’m bionic someday, one joint at a time. Hahahaha. 🤣

So here’s the fun part, I finally joined a gym for the first time in over 20 years. I’ve been waiting for the proximity of closeness and as we know with everything it’s “location, location, location” and this is 3 miles from me so it’s perfect. I do train at my gym but it’s truly designed for me to train clients with open chain equipment that allows me to set people up ergonomically correct to accommodate their own body needs. Sure, I can get up and change the settings etc, but who wants to do that. It’s a pain. Wait, isn’t that what working out is, getting up and down? Lol. (remind me someday to tell you more about fixed and free machines if you want to know and I’ll write a post on it).

I hand people weights, get their settings ready and stretch them…kind of like eating in a 5 star restaurant. In P.T. they just point and direct with none of the frills, but rather like eating at a drive though restaurant. On the plus, they watch over me like drill sergeants to assure my movements are correct and I’m not skipping out on a set. Left to my own devices, I generally convince myself I’ve done enough. Besides, they always stretch me at the end and leave me with heat and electrical stim, where I can’t sit and tap away like I’m doing now.

For the record, the outside gym is my favorite workout so walking there is my intention. However, those little exercises that work on mobility and strength that none of us want to do, are vital for rehab and the gym is awesome for that. I was shocked to find one of my clients is still doing her rehab exercises daily after coming out of 4 cortisone shots for arthritis and stenosis. It’s been 3 months and she’s still at it, so for now she’s my inspiration. Kudos Jan!!

Ok, onward to seeing the gym……

Canada College Athletic and Wellness Facility

Here’s the best part, I was signing up for the senior discount but couldn’t. Yes, I was carded! Hahhaha. Not quite… my birthday alerted the system that I wasn’t old enough (being a leap year baby) so they changed the date of my Feb 29th to the 28th to assure I could get the discount which is major. I do love these perks but I’m 16 forever and I’m sticking to it. hee hee,

It has brand new, state of the art equipment and the bonus is, I’ll be working out with Athletes, young and old alike and I get to be a student for a change, not a teacher.

Let me tell you, it’s hard though, going through a gym and watching incorrect form and not stopping to correct people, when I see them doing something wrong. I will have to wear sun glasses and blinders to avoid noticing. They have an array of classes available as well, which I’m excited about too. Now, if I can just take my training cap off and not critique them every-time I’m in class, I’ll do fine. But that’s a tall order…… Once a teacher, always a teacher.

A note to my kids coming home for the holidays:

You too can work out at the brand new gym as my guest but the caveat is, you have to come with me. Not my rules but I’m not complaining. Ok, stay home then and while you’re working out, feed the dogs, answer the door, listen to the banging, put out fires and field emergencies etc.

As for me, It’s Fun Fri-Yay and I’m done with P.T. and late for a contracting meeting and am going hit the gym after I visit all of you and write.

Have a wonderful weekend and get off that couch and out in the world to stretch and move your body as you flex your power from the inside out and build strength.

💗

Cindy

P.S. You may notice my content shifting a bit due to time constraints and my commitment to writing my book coming in March. Mondays will either be on moving or poetry, Wednesdays a quick inspirational quote and Friday isn’t Friday without Fri-Yay Funday.

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eunice
11 days ago

I enjoyed the conversation.

eunice
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
10 days ago

You are welcome.

Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet
11 days ago

A very motivational post, Cindy! <3 It's good that you are doing what you need to do to recover, and it's nice that someone is taking care of you for a change. All the best for a full recovery and for your book! <3

vermavkv
11 days ago

Very nice.

gabychops
11 days ago

Thank you, Cindy, for the lovely story!

Joanna

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
11 days ago

💜 “Do YOU!!! See, Do YOU!!! See what I SEE (Soulful Emotional Energy)” Paraphrasing ‘Hunters and Collectors’

…💛💚💙…

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

“Hunters and Collectors” ARE a a Great Band as ARE Alphaville SupaSoulSis; do YOUR!!! Research

Yernasia Quorelios
Yernasia Quorelios
Reply to  Yernasia Quorelios
11 days ago

…and YOU!!! ARE Most Welcome…

GraceoftheSun
11 days ago

Happy fun Friyayyy, Cindy. Great on you for joining the gym, that’s wonderful and it looks great. Love the haiku. Have a wonderful weekend , my friend.💕😊💕

GraceoftheSun
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

You’re so welcome. Sounds great. Enjoy.💕

Pooja G
11 days ago

Loved this inspiring post! Haha you can stay young forever thanks to your birthday 💕

Pooja G
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

Haha that’s the dream and you’re living it!

Kym Gordon Moore
11 days ago

Cindy girlfriend, Lord knows I don’t know what kind of pure recycling energy you are juiced up with. Girl, I laughed throughout this entire post! 😝🤣😜 You certainly know how to put FUN + Yay = FRIyay’s in our day girlfriend! 😊😍🤗

Love your spin on the gym and I am so with you about that hip altering/replacement surgery. I love your Bionic Woman reference. Ha-ha-ha. I can just picture you leaping over your house, the mountains or the Grand Canyon for that matter! Girl, you simply crack me up!!!! 😂😂😂

Well sista’ Cindaaayyyy, have a great day and a FANtabulous weekend my Energizer Bunny! Hugs, smooches, and I can’t WAIT for your upcoming book! Please keep us posted! 👏🏼😍💞🤩🦋🥰👏🏼

Kym Gordon Moore
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

I love your personal accountability of responsibility Cindy. But my girlfriend, please slow down a bit. 🏃🏼‍♀️🚶🏼‍♀️🚶🏼‍♀️ I know that’s like talking to a wall, BUT even my EverReady Bunny has to hide and rest from all of the action going on around you. O-Tay? OOOO-Tay!!! 😜🤣😝

So, the weekend is here BABY! Find some Cindy-Time!!! ⏰⏳⏲ PLEEEEEASEEEEEEE!!! Sending you a truckload of love, hugs, and smooches my dear dawwwwwlinkkkkk!!! 🥰💖🤗🦋😘

A Star on the Forehead
11 days ago

Another inspiring post, wanting it or not!! Blessings to you!

A Star on the Forehead
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

The content is what matters! And that you have tons!!

Mary J. McCoy-Dressel
11 days ago

I remember being watched, or, “checked on” in PT once they sent me off on my own. Lucky for them, they never made me do crab walks. Squats was bad enough. Whatever it takes, though, to feel better. Go you! Your gym looks fantastic. Happy Friday.

ivor20
11 days ago

Yep … “Happens to the best of us Ivor! ❣️” … and … “If we have to ask, I’m not so sure.. hahahahaha💗 … I’m doing my morning stretching exercises before I head off to the “Market”, so exciting, I feel like a kid going to the movies for the first time … haha I think I’ve remembered everything … cheers, and have a wonderful weekend … 😍📘🤗📒🌏

Timothy Price
Timothy Price
11 days ago

Good for you. I joined a Gym last week. The membership is paid for my my insurance plan. I did a lot of weightlifting years ago, but I hadn’t done it in a long time.

Timothy Price
Timothy Price
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

Dealing with traffic to get there is an issue for me.

Dawn Minott
11 days ago

Enjoyed this journey Cindy. Your gym sounds fab!!! Enjoy it. Have a lovely weekend miss-forever-16 🙂

Suzette Benjamin
11 days ago

Congratulations on joining a gym. Happy working out!! Blessings in your weekend.
May, peace, and tranquillity be your guides🙏

Sadje
11 days ago

How nice to join the gym. It looks great. You do look young and never your birth age. Have a great weekend Cindy

DEVANG UPADHYAYA
11 days ago

That’s a gym? That look like a mall! Wow, I am impressed. That gym looks lively and fun, with tons of activity. I would love to join something like that. Although I am an ambivert, I can see people here just stick to their business, they are enjoying what they are doing.
I got nervous when I first saw the tags and the cover pic, I was like wow Cindy has started writing health blogs, that’s a huge competition, haha
I love it, happy to hear about your experience and very satisfied to hear your voice. Your voice has depth, it’s fun and very satisfying. Your gym experience was definitely Unique times.

DEVANG UPADHYAYA
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 days ago

This gym surely looks fun
I love how there’s plenty space and activities. Everyone is busy with something.
A great share

Vidah
11 days ago

Lovely story!

katiemiafrederick
11 days ago

SMiLes Dear Cindy Keeping Our Bodies
Strong Remembering The Effects of Gravity
Staying Strong Enough to Move All The Way

Through Life
Gracefully in
Peace Loving Life More

SMiLes Lifting Weights
Since 12 Years-Old Only
Taking A Break When i Was
18 For 10 Months When my First

Love Said There is No Time For me to
Work-Out All my Time Belongs to Her

Hehe Yeah it Took
me till 18 Years-Old
to Have A ‘Real Girlfriend’
So of Course i Bent to Her Will

Oh Gosh That Was Really A Big Mistake
As Working Out Always Helped me Focus
So Much With More Attention Span too my

ADHD
Really
Got Out
of Control

Anyway Fast Forward
to my Last Year in College
As My 3 Degrees in Anthropology,
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary, And
Health Science Provided More Than Just

One Specialized View of Human Real Success
in Life in Well Being So in A Master’s Level Course
of the Sociology of Aging my Teacher Insisted i Was

Being Over Zealous By Suggesting A Human Being Who
Continued to Lift Weights Across the Life Span Could Maintain

Their Strength
Into their 60’s
Yet Of Course
She Had No Background
in Health, Leisure, And Sports
As My Health Science Major Covered
All of These As i Knew About Jack LaLanne
The Inventor of the Universal Weight Machine

And How He Towed A Fleet of 70 Boats Swimming
Across A Bay In His Seventies As He Spent A Lifetime

Of Strengthening His Body And Not Falling to Couch
Potato Averages Well Considering at Age 22 i Could Leg
Press 500 Pounds And Now at 62 i Can Do Up to 1520 Pounds
8 Reps Yes it Does Appear That my Sociology Teacher From Way

Back then
Was Surely
Incorrect Just
Like the Marine
Captain Who Was 31
At the Military Gym When i
Was 21 Complaining He Was
Just too Old to Lift Much Weight Anymore

Oh Yes iNDeed All the Self-Fulfilling
Prophecies of Can’t Indeed my FRiEnD
Hehe Before i Retired Early At the End of
my Federal Career As Athletic Director of
A Navy Station and Recreation Programs Director too

The Military Public Works Department Provided me
Almost a Million Dollars In What they Call ‘End of the
Year Money’ From the Fiscal Year Budget on September 30th,
That Must Be Used That Day or Lost So i Spent All Day Long on the
Phone Picking Out Almost A Million Dollars of Equipment With the Nautilus

Corporation in 2007
And Sure Enough Hehe
i Am Still Using the Equipment
i Helped to Select At that Military
Gym Now in 2022 As Retiree Free Now You Should See

It, It is A Cadillac of Military Gyms in the Deep South Hehe
Still Building FRedwoods in Every Way Possible With SMiLes Dear Cindy..:)

katiemiafrederick
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
10 days ago

Thanks Dear Cindy
i Felt You Might
Relate To Jack
LaLanne Truly
One Of The Greats
Promoting Physical

Fitness
Last
Century
With SMiles
Happy Weekend☺️❤️🏝

Marsha
11 days ago

Happy Friday Fun Yay, Cindy. Feels good to be able to type on a keyboard again rather than on my tiny phone. I can make typos so much quicker now. Congratulations on joining a gym. I don’t know what I am going to do once I settle into my new place, but something is definitely called for. The fat tire around my middle is increasing by the day and I’m getting one around my bad knee, too, so time to get moving. As soon as I get done writing, I’m going to get off this couch and go to bed. 🙂

Marsha
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
10 days ago

LOL Who knew fat was such a storehouse of hormones!

boundlessblessingsblog
11 days ago

Happy Fun-Friday dear Cindy and congrats on joining a gym. A nice and wonderful read. Enjoy and stay safe.

boundlessblessingsblog
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
11 days ago

You are always welcome my dear friend, Cindy. It is so nice to be posting on WP and to keep in touch with lovely friends. Have a wonderful weekend.

Robbie’s Inspiration
Robbie’s Inspiration
11 days ago

Hi Cindy, a fabulous post to end the week. Well done on joining the gym and being so motivated.

Ingrid
11 days ago

Hope all goes well for you, Cindy – my hips were complaining after a hike last Sunday; probably the me-no-pause, but I wonder if I should be taking supplements for joint health or something. Otherwise I’ll be bionic before I’m 50 😅💕💖

SelmaMartin
11 days ago

A bionic Cindy? That raised me brows. I like THIS human Cindy. Have a fantastic weekend, Cindy dear.

Gabriela Marie Milton
10 days ago

Hon, congratulations on joining the gym. I am sure you will enjoy every bit. Wait, we have now a bionic Cindy too. I find this exciting.
xoxo

Navin
10 days ago

Lovely sharing, Cindy…cool, you could finally get discount…how exciting, you’re working on your book 💫❤💫

ben Alexander
10 days ago

You’re a 2-29 baby? That’s such a fun fact, Cindy <3

😀
David

ben Alexander
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
9 days ago

🎈

Baydreamer - Lauren Scott
10 days ago

Great motivation, Cindy! I just got home from power walking with our lab. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend. ❤️

Jeff Flesch
10 days ago

A lovely post, Cindy. Wonderful intro poem, and the gym! Awesome for you. Happy weekend, my friend. 💖

salsaworldtraveler
10 days ago

I didn’t know you were one of those rare leap year babies. Do you celebrate very year? Your new gym sounds ideal. Your are reminding me that I need to restart my workouts. I hope your weekend is a great one.🌹🧡😊

Laleh Chini
10 days ago

You always motivate us Cindy.🌺❤️

Laleh Chini
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
9 days ago

Always pleasure.❤️

Shweta Suresh
10 days ago

Congratulations on joining the gym. I’m glad that you got that discount. It’s fun being carded when you are not underage any more, right? It gives a certain boost to our confidence 🤪😁

Shweta Suresh
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
8 days ago

Indeed. I hope you have a great day 😄

Markus + Micah
10 days ago

Go for it, Cindy!

Ritish Sharma
9 days ago

Though I’ve never been to GYM, only home excercise and Yoga. But I hope you’ll have good time there.
You’re a teacher on duty.

Ritish Sharma
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
8 days ago

Thanks Cindy for saying that. The habit regular workout came from my father. He has always put the health above than anything else.

Ritish Sharma
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 days ago

Thanks ❤️

D. Wallace Peach
9 days ago

Good for you for being so dilligent about staying fit, and your attitude is fabulous. If we don’t use it, we lose it. Keep it up, my friend.

KK
KK
9 days ago

Loved this post, inspiring one! Gym looks fabulous! Liked the video and voice. Excited about your upcoming book. All the best, Cindy! Have a wonderful week ahead 😊💖

Rising Star
9 days ago

Gorgeous one dear as Cindy. Happy Fun Friday…. It’s a pleasure to be here once again on your blog.
Congratulations on joining the and I liked the gym very much.
I am also curious about my body and health and used to go to gym every weekend…

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
9 days ago

Thanks dear 💝❤️

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
8 days ago

Is it still so dear, my site was down for 2 months but now I think it should be accessible?

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
8 days ago

Sure dear, Xo

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
8 days ago

Please let me know dear when you access my site. Also if you can check it Google. Maybe it is accessible from there… 💝💝

Rising Star
Reply to  Cindy Georgakas
7 days ago

Thanks dear 🤗💕

Goff James
8 days ago

Happy 16 – stretch and bend. Have a great gym time My Friend. Stay Young. Stay Smiling.
Two small fleas
Hitch a short ride
The dog shakes his tail
-iku

Stuart Danker
7 days ago

Wow, that’s cool of Jan to keep training. But I also feel that staying moving is much better than complete rest, because for some reason, if I rest an overworked muscle, it takes longer to heal. But if I do active recovery like walks or swims, they feel better much quicker. Of course, this could be a different case with arthritis, but staying moving is always a great option.

And I didn’t know you were a leap year baby! Well now I do 😀

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6 days ago

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Etoh Christopher
1 day ago

Boom, I need to register for a gym center.
I enjoyed the story.

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