A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

My Exercise Compromise

I've just about come to a decision about my exercise plan.  I explained that I have guilt being gone away from Scarlette for so many hours in a day...which would be nearly 12 if I joined another gym.  I also mentioned that my fitness center at my apartment complex isn't due to open for another 3-4 weeks (and I'm not even sure I believe that, given that they've pushed the deadline back 3x now). 

But I've decided that I really miss the atmosphere in a gym...everyone working towards the common goal of better health and fitness.  It motivates me and pushes me to work harder and do more when I'm surrounded by like-minded people.  I don't feel quite as inspired when I'm pounding out the treadmill all by myself in an apt fitness room with usually nobody else in there with you.  It's just not the same motivation....however the fitness center would be a few steps from my front door, and would cut out the driving time to and from a gym every day, and I could get home to Scarlette sooner, cook dinner and eat, do my evening chores, etc.

So here's what I'm thinking.  Kim at All About The Bottom Line, who I just recently met and has started her own blog, offered to be my workout partner if I wanted to join her gym.  It's called LA Fitness and I looked it up online.  It's a little more upscale than the previous gyms I belonged to, Bodyplex and Planet Fitness.  There is NO contract, and if you sign up online, it's $9/week.  You have to pay weekly and there's no sign-up fee or initiation fee...and no close-out fee if you want to stop going, because there's no contract.  I talked to Dwayne last night, looked up LA Fitness online, looked at my budget....and I think I can handle $36/month.  I really think it's a worthy investment...not just for my physical health, but moreso for my mental health. 

As far as the compromise part goes....I won't be going to the gym 6 days a week.  I'll likely go 3 days a week....2 evenings after work to meet up with Kim and workout...and sometime during the day on Sundays.  That way I can get home to Scarlette sooner on the other 3 work days.  When my fitness center opens at my complex, I plan on going there straight after work and hopping on the treadmill those other 3 work days.  That will have me working out 3 days a week to start....actually 4, since I take Scarlette to the park with me on Saturday mornings.....and when the fitness center is complete, I'll be working out at least 6 days a week.  This makes me happy.  It eases my mind, gives me something positive to focus on again, and it will allow me to hang out with Kim a couple of days a week since I hardly ever get to see her. 

I like my plan.  What do you think?  Sound good?  :)

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like you have got yourself a great plan! I also really have been enjoying the gym and can totally understand why you've been missing it. Good for you for investing in yourself.

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  2. Sounds like a good plan! And planning is important when it comes to exercise routines :)

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  3. Sounds good!

    You know I was thinking if you wanted to work out to Jillian again-maybe you can get a cheap play pen from craigslist/garage sales for Miss Scarlett? Maybe she can hang with a treat while you do videos.

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  4. Can I just say (or maybe I am biased) that your plan ROCKS!!! I am quite excited!!! Will have to make sure that I have my gym bag packed and ready! Cannot wait!

    Great news for you (and me...but that's just plain selfish!!!)!!!!

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  5. I belong to LA Fitness and I love it. Not sure if you're into classes, but if you are they're really high quality and lots of variety. They're also everywhere. If I'm going to be on the opposite side of town for work, I'll usually see if there's one there and more often than not, it is. Enjoy!

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  6. That sounds like a wicked plan. I wish we had gyms here that were that cheap! But I know what you mean about the gym atmosphere- I always feel like I push myself more when I'm there, or that I do more because if I've already committed to getting myself down there, I better not just sit down! (Which is what I do on my couch at home :P)

    I like play pen idea!

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  7. That's great! Have fun with your new workout buddy!

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  8. Sounds like an excellent plan Tammy!:-)
    I think it's a good idea to shake the exercise thing up a bit and try something new every once in a while.
    And exercise buddies are always good. HAve fun with it!

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  9. Great Plan Tammy, I am going back to the gym too, I need to get going again... You Rock my girl xxx

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  10. Sound like a winning plan to me. sometimes an exercise buddy counting on you keeps you motivated to go as well.

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  11. Sounds good to me! I know what you mean about the gym...I think it's nice to work out around other people. This is why I like having a workout buddy.

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  12. Sounds like a great plan to me. I have the same feeling about the gym vs. working out by myself at home. I get motivated seeing everyone there getting their sweat on. Have fun!

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