I made another payment toward my debt. I’m now down to $101,100. Woot! I’m within striking distance of breaking through that 6-figure marker! This time next month, mid July, should be when it finally happens. I…CAN’T…WAIT! Finally I will feel like I’m making some progress. In the meantime, I toil away.
Unfortunately, my interest rate isn’t the only thing increasing. I’ve been gaining weight over the past 3.5 years since I started this blog. Clothes that I never wore before because they were too big, are the same ones that I can barely fit into today. Age and wacky hormones, too much stress (for a variety of reasons), a less than nutritious diet, and a cubicle farm sedentary job = expanding waistline, sky high cholesterol (think heart attack territory), and other ailments. I’m letting debt and my job slowly kill me.
I know what I have to do. I hear it all the time. ‘Eat right and exercise’.
I have some vacation time coming up soon and because I’m not traveling anywhere, I’ve got some time to focus on me. So I think this would be a perfect time to scout out some local gyms. I’ve decided to go on a week-long ‘Gym Crawl’ of sorts.
Yes, I’m trying again; even after my bad experience at a boutique exercise studio. (I can’t believe that was two years ago!) Well, this is part of the reason I’m doing this homemade gym crawl, actually. I will be going to 4 gyms total and will aim to visit each one at least twice. My hope is that one of them will feel comfortable and welcoming – no mean girls or muscle heads.
I’m mainly looking for a gym with good group classes. I simply don’t have the willpower to exercise on my own. Years ago, I had an AWESOME cardio kickboxing class that got me in good shape, so I know what works for me. I need the accountability of having to show up for a (paid for) class and the pressure of not wanting to fall behind others. So, after taking all these classes for a week, by the time I get to the weekend I’ll be so sore that I’ll only be able to crawl to get around. That will be my measure of success!
A Running Goal
I admit it. I aspire to be one of those svelte, toned, twenty-somethings that I see running around . I’ve had a long standing goal of running and completing a Couch to 5k program, but I’m one of those people who hasn’t been able to get off of the couch. …Ahhh, I can dream at least…
Maybe this gym crawl could help. All of these gyms are a good ways away for walking. They’re probably more appropriate for taking a bus. Perhaps I can use the distance as motivation to run instead.
Readers, Czanclus and The Bookworm are so inspirational with their running and fitness. Those women are out there kicking ass. They aren’t just writing about it, they’re doing it!
Me? I have ‘reasons’ for why I haven’t started running. I’m self conscious about running in public. I have allergies to elastics so it’s not easy to find good athletic clothing. I have to find the right running shoes. I have ongoing foot problems from years of walking in bad shoes and am afraid of injuring myself without the appropriate preparation and footwear. I know that these are all just excuses and that each one of these issues can be overcome with time and effort. I also don’t have the best history with running.
I tried joining a running club once in another state. The website said “All are welcome!”. Well once I got there, I quickly found out that all were not welcome.
It was not easy to find out who was in charge, but I ultimately found out that the runners ran in groups according to their 5k/10k time. There was no beginners group. There was no introduction. I was put in the ‘slowest’ group and the group leader leader let me know that she would check in on me every mile or so to see if I was ok. Ummmm. What? I couldn’t (and still can’t) run a city block without getting winded. I should have fled right then, but my pride wouldn’t let me do it. It would have been too embarrassing. So off we went.
We ran for what seemed like forever. The group leader called out that we’d run the first mile as we started to round a corner. Whaaa? With my last ounce of energy, I caught up to her. I thanked her and told her that I would be turning back now. I didn’t care what anyone thought anymore. I felt like I was dying.
I jog-walked back to the starting point to ward off leg cramping. Once I found the starting point (an athletic shop) and picked up my things, I asked the clerk behind the counter where I might find something more for beginners. His response? ‘Look online.’ Gee, thanks. Needless to say, I could barely walk for a week after that tortuous experience. So, yeah, not the best experience for an intro to running.
If I find a gym I like, perhaps I can work in running to get there or on the way back. We’ll see…
The cost of the classes will range from ($0-25 each). How am I going to pay for this gym crawl and possible subsequent gym membership? It will come from my health maintenance fund. I have a little over $1,000 in there now, but I may have to increase the size of this bucket in order to accommodate both it and other future health care needs this year.
I’ll keep you guys updated. Keep your fingers crossed for me! 🙂