Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Before and After part 1

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I've been busy cleaning out the garage gym.

First I made a clean sweep of my house. All garbage, and obvious Goodwill donate-ables were "kicked to the curb". Next I packed boxes household items I may not be quite ready to let go of. But before I could store those items I had to clean out my storage area behind our garage gym....which had turned into a storage area too!

My grown boys had kinda taken over the back storage (a low ceiling 6 ft x 20 ft area behind the gym) and I was forced to use the garage gym for the storage I needed (now of course I know I don't need the crap I've been storing!). So armed with garbage bags, I let my boys know that they needed to come and get anything they wanted....or it was going to the dump! Of course Mom (me) had to pack the trash and pay to have it hauled away, but away it went.

Wow! I opened up a huge storage area! One that I, in my dreams, would keep empty, but for now it was available for a real life game of "Tetris". In went the e
xtra household stuff, and for the very first time in a long time I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I had arranged to have the garage gym painted this past Saturday. I knew the date 3-4 weeks ahead of time...nothing like a deadline, huh? Practically everyday (after my nap!) I spent 1-2 hours before dinner out in the gym throwing things away, repacking, sweeping dust and cobwebs....it had to get done!

I wanted it be a surprise for Mark, so I didn't tell him what I was up to until a few days ahead of time. Day before.....moving things away from the walls, sweeping, dusting....

I am loving my new vision of minimalism! With "Stone's Gym" empty and clean I want to keep it that way! I hope to bring nothing into the gym that is not for the purpose of the gym! The space looks huge! So much good energy and good training is in store for us!

Of course it's not quite finished but here are a couple of photos. I do want to write more about "before and after photos" as they relate to our spaces, or bodies, our lives. It's an interesting subject...more to come...so much more!

Top photo is the new color scheme....I wanted to go with "Desert Storm" colors of sand and dark khaki brown. Those of you that have seen recent training video may recognize the old orange walls!


Mark Reifkind said...

love,love, love having our Gym back. thank you baby what a great surprise!What a gift to be able to step into the back yard and train at home again :))

guy said...

Another hidden talent, interior decorator!

guy said...

I do ask this, why the bike?

Tracy Reifkind said...


It's going to be more fun than ever!

Tracy Reifkind said...


Don't most women have an "inner interior designer" lol!

Anyway...I was waiting for someone to spot that damn bike! It's a leftover relic that Mark brought home from Girya. Mark had a couple of clients that liked to use it to warm up before training.

It's practically brand new (under the dust), it's a professional model and it's going out to the curb this weekend with a "FREE" sign on it!