(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)
Spring finally decided to show itself! How nice of it to show up and grace us with a little warmth in the sun. It’s great walking weather outside right now, but have yet to do so. Maybe at some point this weekend; Sunday being the most likely.
This Winter I joined a gym — Planet Fitness, the non-judgmental judgmental fitness center! — and at first I lollygagged. My motivation to start exercising was definitely lacking. I wanted to do it, though. Wanted to start a healthier lifestyle. For $10 a month (and a $1 start up fee at the time) you can’t go wrong. Everywhere else I looked was easily 4-5x that amount. That monthly fee was one of the leading factors in avoiding the gym. Plus this gym was 24/7, which is a huge bonus for me. I am always up at all random times of the night.
I went maybe once a week at the beginning. Suddenly I had a surge of motivation and I was going six days a week. Much like the A to Z, Sundays were my day off. One hour on the elliptical and thirty minutes on the bike was my routine. Everyone screaming to high heaven about getting some weight lifting in prompted me to shift to every other day working with weights and only thirty minutes on the elliptical machine. I became discouraged when after a weeks of this regiment I was seeing no results.
I know I didn’t have the best diet (still don’t *chomping on Cheez-Its*), but it isn’t completely terrible either. I buy fruits and vegetables all the time, and eat salads or veggie burgers. On the flip side, however — especially on Mondays — I may grab some fast food. I try to stick to Subway when able.
Eventually, I stopped going every day and had some gaps in between visits. Then I become frustrated that I wasn’t keeping up with going so often, and that I would fall out of exercising altogether. That is the usual cycle of things. What I noticed, though, was once I stopped going everyday I began to see weight loss/results; as did others. Not just a pound or two, but fifteen. So part of me thinks that by going every day I wasn’t giving my body enough recovery time (on top of little sleep). When slowing down and my muscles could heal, the fat began to burn.
I’m pretty clueless when it comes to exercise and training. Even with dieting, you always seem to find an abundance of information; some even contradictory. I never know which is the best to follow, so I end up doing my own thing.
These past few weeks have been really bad, though. Falling back behind, going to Planet Fitness just once a week. Snow shoveling counts, but I think I’ve even gained back some of the weight I just lost. I’m kind of freaking out I will relapse into not going at all again.
An additional goal I am setting for myself is going to the gym at least three times a week (I know... cliche). One day is better than none, sure, but this week will be “none” because today was my day to go in, and so was yesterday, but so was Monday... and so on and so on. I need to get back on track! Can’t squander the little boost in health I just obtained this past month!
Do you currently have a gym membership? If so, how often do you go? If not, what keeps you from joining one? Any fancy schmancy exercise and/or dieting tips?