I’ve had this outfit post planned for a while, but it wasn’t because I’ve been working out and eating healthy (lol oops). But, as fate would have it, this week I’ve been really motivated to kick my healthy habits into high gear. Well, “high gear” is a little generous. Maybe medium gear is more accurate.
Growing up an active kid and teenager, I spent my fair share of time getting exercise. I mean, my parents own a gymnastics center so our first babysitter was a gym. When Trey and I were little, my mom used to take us up to the gym to see my dad during the day. We grew up playing around on the equipment and always had the best birthday parties. I had sleepovers at the gym a few years for my birthday. Coolest parents ever!!! When mom and dad were hard at work cleaning on Sunday nights, Trey and I would do our duties of Windexing the windows and mirrors and then go play. We grew up at that place.
I’ve never really talked about my parents’ gym because I think I’m unaware most times of how big of a role it played in my life. Like having blue eyes, it’s something that has been a part of me from the beginning.
One of the questions Trey and I always got when people found out our parents owned a gymnastics center was, “Do you get to go up and play whenever you want?” That always made us laugh. Sure, we could go do a class whenever we wanted as long as someone could drive us to and from. When I was able to drive, I had free access to a gym where I could prepare for cheer tryouts in peace. That was really nice.
Honestly, some of my very best memories in this world are at my parents’ gym. We had New Year’s Eve parties there when I was little. My parents would invite all their friends to bring their families. We would have a big screen TV playing a college football game, tons of food and I even remember having some arcade games there once.
I look back on summer camps and parent night outs with the fondness of a favorite childhood movie. The obstacle courses built out of mats and the coaches that I looked up to so much are a distant yet lovely memory from a time where life was all about recess and gymnastics.
Believe it or not, if I were to ever move to a place too far away from the gym, I would need to get the smell of that place bottled up so I could take it with me. The smell of foam blocks, mats and chalk smells like heaven to me.
The wonderful life I had growing up all goes back to that place. When I step inside its doors, memories flood back to me. Coaches that were like older siblings and idols in my little mind are forever imprinted in that place. The hours I spent with dad and Jordan staring down that blue rod floor, leading warm ups, face planting standing backs, twisting into the pit and even forgetting my train of thought mid tumbling pass are the things that I am so thankful for. Miranda Lambert has that song The House that Built Me, but my version is The Gym that Built Me.
I think one of the reasons my dad and I are so close is because he used to drive me home from the gym a few nights a week for years. We talked about life, cheerleading and whatever else was going on in my life at that time. He bestowed wisdom to me in those car rides and I’m a better person because of it. Mom and I also had our moments in the car, but she always was in charge of drop off duty and she was the one that would lovingly tell me to get in the gym, even when I didn’t want to tumble. Without her not letting me back out when I wanted to, I wouldn’t have been able to have those moments with dad. They’re a good team.
This gymnastics center is the brain child of my dad. He built it with his bare hands–literally, he’s always building something. It is his passion in life (well, along with golf) and his ministry. God made him to be a gymnastics coach and owner. Mom was his biggest helper, cheerleader and voice of reason. Together, they didn’t just build a family that I feel so privileged to be a part of, but a business that has shaped the trajectory of my life too. They have touched thousands of people in our town, and several of our former coaches now have their own gymnastics centers. But none are more impacted than Trey and I. We built muscles in that gym and made new friends. We cried, laughed and probably fought with each other in there. But, it made us into the people we are today.
Our family always jokes that we have the highest standards when it comes to businesses. We always walk in to an event or business and talk about what could be done to make it better for the customer. I think that comes from my parents growing into entrepreneurs and Trey and I learning from that. Starting a business is hard. If you don’t believe me, I’m sure my parents would be happy to tell you about it. They truly started from the bottom and now they’re here (hi Drake!!!). Thankfully, they required Trey and I to have such an active childhood, which also taught us leadership skills and self-confidence.
Because of this childhood, I think sometimes I still feel like I’m catching up on sleep or couch potato privileges I missed out on as a kid. I love to lounge–always have. There were many years where we were in sports or working out in the off-season, so it’s hard sometimes to find the motivation to go back to that as an adult, if that makes sense. All those days after school where I went to cheer or to work out or to tumble taught me to know my body and its capabilities.
Honestly, right now I’m not loving on my body as much as I should. I’m letting it be lazy and not feeding it the nutrients I should. I’ve let desire for perceived comfort outweigh desire for energy, challenge and agility. Remembering how good it felt to always be moving can be tough when you want to get home from work and lay on the couch and binge some Netflix. But I want to find a good balance–finally! I’ve been out of school for a year, so it’s time to stop procrastinating and get this phase of my life in order like I have with my blog and making an effort to decorate my home.
Ahhh if only living a healthy and active life was as second-nature as when I was a little girl running around the biggest and most fun gymnastics center ever. Maybe with a fun workout outfit, like this one, finding the true joy and desire to be really healthy just because I want to won’t be as hard as we seem to make it. Join me this summer as I eat a little healthier and live a little more actively. If you ever want to go to the gym, let me know. I’m tight with the owner!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.