Well, a year and a half later, I’m coming out of retirement, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I thought I would bring my blog out of retirement with me. I really have missed writing and connecting with readers. There are so many things that happen in my day to day life, and I think “that would be a good blog post”, but I’ve been feeling a little irrelevant since I wasn’t working. Wait, wait, wait, let’s be honest, I’ve been “working” harder than I’ve ever worked in my whole life. Riley and Quinn keep me on my toes. They are so much fun, and some days I feel like I’m living in a YouTube video of the hilarious things that twins do, but our day to day life is seriously insane. Most days I feel like I’m competing in an Olympic sport just to get through the day. Going back to work, even part time, is going to be a major balancing act for me, but also a little bit of a break.
Just for a quick update, Riley and Quinn are 16 month olds and completely hilarious. Follow me on Instagram @erinmhopkins if you want complete baby picture overload. Here are a few pics from the last few months.
Back in the Spring, I heard about a new gym called MADabolic that was coming to town. My girlfriends in Charlotte all work out there and RAVE about it. I needed a change of gym scenery, so I was pretty excited about it. I googled it immediately, and saw that the tag line is “Intense Intervals, Insane Conditioning”. Ummmm, yes please! Then, I read the mantra:
“We are athletes, we are runners, we are parents, we are yogis. We are the weekend warriors. We like to move and we move often. We didn’t choose this, we are this. We were MAD before the MADness existed.”
Are you fucking kidding me, that’s me! I’m in!
It opened in June and I’ve been obsessed, maybe addicted, ever since. It’s exactly what it says, “Intense Intervals, Insane Conditioning”, and it’s so much fun in a hard/torturous/exciting way. The intervals and the movements are different every day, and that’s exactly what I was looking for, a little shake up. Most days, my workout is my only hour away from the total chaos of staying home with twins, so that hour has to be efficient, balanced, effective and most of all, FUN. I have met some of the most amazing people at MAD, they are my MADfamily. When it’s the only part of your day that you’re not speaking in “baby talk”, believe me, the people matter. As soon as I stepped foot in those doors, I came home and told Miles that I would love to work there at some point. It’s my kind of place. He swears that part of that might be the grey and teal color scheme, since our whole house is also decorated in grey and teal and all of my clothes are grey and teal.
This fitness journey is just that, a journey. I’ve had my ups and downs just like anyone else (the downs usually involve a cheese plate, nachos or something peanut butter/chocolate related), and I’m excited to share my journey with you again.
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