Monday, December 19, 2011
I went to husband's big gym with him today. I got a cheaper per-month deal there in, like, five seconds.
So there, Marcos!
I found some stationary bikes I liked online, but being 4'10", I knew I'd need to be able to try them out to make sure that I could actually use them, so we hit big sporting goods store after that to try some out. Turned out, there weren't any on display. We inquired as to their return policy, and left more or less satisfied.
Then, we went back to my gym. I walked to the front desk, glanced to the sales desks, and saw Marcos there. Husband said, "We need to discuss membership," and I said, "With anyone but Marcos." The boy said, "Okay, let me go get the assistant manager. I can bring him over here. Marcos isn't even working. He's just here, hanging out."
The assistant manager came over. And he was very nice, and kinda hot. But most importantly, he was very, very nice. I told him about awful Marcos, and that I gave him a hard time, too, but still. He said there was nothing he could do, and that we could talk with the manager tomorrow or Wednesday, but the assistant manager won't be there tomorrow. He said if I come on Wednesday or Thursday, I won't have to pay any additional fees; I can still just reactivate.
So I don't know what to do. I kind of just want to pay my extra $50, but to the nice assistant manager. He offered me free tanning, which is nice, but I don't really want that. I dunno. But at least I feel validated. It's a little closer than my husband's gym.
Maybe I can do like Lulu says, do this, buy the bike, too, and see if I can wean myself off.
I'm still soliciting opinions. =)
Sunday, December 18, 2011
My gym membership expires on Tuesday.
I went to the desk today to renew. And they want to charge me $50 more for a year membership than they did last year!
Okay, so that's $4 more per month. $1 more per week. Not going to break me, and I'm not universally opposed to the increase, though I'm irritated, because:
1. I've been a loyal member for three years. This would have been my fourth contract.
2. I'm not getting anything additional in return. They are letting me go to any of their gyms in the area instead of just this gym, but I don't NEED nor WANT to go to any other gym. There's a gym near my office with no parking, so the only time I'd go would be on days that the weather is too bad for me to drive into work and I take the Metro. Is that worth $50? I don't know.
3. I don't want to pay more!
In addition to all that, the "sales manager" has a lot to learn. He wasn't nice to me at all, talked down to me a bit, and then blew me off at the end. And his arguments regarding why I should take this increase without complaint were stupid. As in:
1. You're not going to find a cheaper gym membership in this area.
My husband pays $19 per month at other big-name gym.
2. Your husband won't be for long. His big-name gym just got bought by yet another big-name gym, so it's all going to go up. I bet he comes here. I guarantee you won't find any other cheaper.
Really? I should just trust you on that. What guarantee are you offering? And anyway, I don't care what other memberships cost. What other memberships cost are completely irrelevant to me. I care about what MY membership costs.
3. Well, you can go to other gyms. Where do you work?
Van Ness, and I used to go to that one, but they don't have parking, although, it's a nicer gym. But I have no need to go there anymore.
4. You should check out the other clubs. Ballston is really big, has lots of classes.
I've been to Ballston. And Rosslyn.
5. It really is a good deal on a membership for this area.
I. Don't. Care.
6. I can offer your husband a one-month pass. That's worth $50.
Now we're talking. Let me check with him. Oh, he didn't answer. Well, I'm going to have to think about this.
7. I can mail you a $25 gift card.
For what? For your overpriced shirts and stuff?
At this point, he said, "Okay," and turned back to his computer screen, and kind of gave me a blow-off hand wave.
The only thing I'm really clear on at this point is that Marcos will not be getting a commission on my membership if I do choose to renew.
So, what do I do? I could renew with a different salesman.
I could stop my membership. I don't know if I would find a different membership for cheaper. It'd have to be cheaper, because it would be farther from my house.
If I don't have a membership, how do I exercise? How do other people do it? Can $350 buy a good elliptical or stationary bike? What about $600? Where would I put it? Would I do workout videos if I got some?
What do y'all do for exercise? And what do you think of my gym membership situation? Am I being unreasonable?
Friday, December 09, 2011
I was on my way home from work. Not home. To the gym. In order to get to the gym, I take the same exit to get home, then, instead of turning left, I keep going to the end of the road. So I pass the turn home everyday I go to the gym. Often when I do this, I think, "Ah, too late. You're on your way. No going home now."
In time, it's become habit. I'll realize 3/4 the way down the road that I passed the turn without thinking about it, without debating it.
Yesterday, I was in the right lane, and I saw a car turning into my neighborhood at the left in the left lane, about, say, 50 yards from me. I thought, I have just enough time to swerve behind that guy and go home. But I didn't.
And then something weird happened to my face.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
We're going to a pot"duck" tonight. It's become kind of a tradition with a friend. Her birthday is in a few days, so she does a Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner where she serves duck and we all bring the sides. I'm bringing my dad's green bean casserole (which, Amy, I put it in SparkRecipes, and it's not as bad as I thought...143 calories for a 1/12 piece), my husband is bringing papas a la huancaina, and my roommate and her boyfriend are bringing brussel sprouts cooked with bacon and carrot cake.
I did some finagling on my nutrition tracker, and I can only have one ounce of duck (which is fine, because I don't really like it, anyway--too rich), a serving of the green bean casserole, and a fine, honkin' serving of the carrot cake. No home-brewed beer this time around. I'll be drinking water. I still have 48 calories to put toward if someone brings chips or something to snack on beforehand, or, if I forget the duck, I can have a glass of wine, but I'm going to have to be careful. But I decided what I want to spend my calories on (cake... ), and that's what I'm going to do.
My plan is to be mindful...remember that I've already planned this meal, and remember what that plan is! Remember that it's about the friends, not the food. Bring games! Bring my water bottle even though it's ugly and weird.
Please post any support or tips for getting through. I'm really not used to succeeding in a situation such as this.
Monday, November 28, 2011
My status update from last Monday said I was regaining my footing that day.
Well, I lied.
I thought I might. I even got a few hours in, but in the end, I just didn't want to.
I haven't stepped on the scale yet to see what this has done, and I'm sort of afraid to, but I'll save it for the winter challenge first weigh-in. Give myself five or six days to get a head start.
Because now I want to.
I need to stop living in paradoxes. I think it's starting to mess with me. Well, I think it's been messing with me for years. Anyway, I need to stop living in them. I don't have time. Life is short and time is ticking. I have to start standing in my truth (which--give credit where it's due--I first heard from my hero Suze Orman), realize what I want and what is important to me, and start living in my truth.
I didn't want to still be smoking in my twenties. I'm 29. When am I going to stop for good?
I joined SparkPeople in 2007, when my graduate school weight started creeping on. That was four, almost five, years ago. When am I finally going to stop gaining weight?
But there are other, smaller paradoxes, too.
I don't like that I eat meat from sick cows. Cows' stomachs weren't meant to ingest corn, which is what most of them are fed. And who knows what your meat has been sitting in? It's a filthy, disgusting business. But I still do it. Eat beef, I mean. When am I going to insist on having more information, paying for quality meat?
I really dislike that so many of the foods I eat (even many so-called "healthy" foods) are laden with chemicals. It's gross. And that's why we as a nation are so sick. When will I start actually removing these foods from my diet until they're barely there, if at all?
When will I start standing in my truth, doing what I know is right instead of what is easy?
And there are other things as well. What do I want?
- I want to be healthy. I want to feel good and energetic and happy.
- I want to be strong.
- I want to stop torturing my body and the animals that nourish it.
- I want off my meds. I've long subscribed to the notion of "better living through chemistry," and I was unable to function at all right before I went on them. But why? I want to figure that out, and I want to stand on my own two feet without the help of a prescription.
- I want to stop self-medicating.
- I want to learn Arabic. Then Japanese. Then maybe something else.
- I want to stop depriving myself of what I need.
- I want my ultimate career dream. I can go into it with you someday, but this is already getting quite lengthy I think.
And most of all, I want to stand in my truth. I want my priorities and my actions to line up. It's going to take some time, and it's not going to be easy. I can't do it overnight. I need to educate myself. I need to change my way of thinking about money and living. I need to get my husband more or less on board. But most of all, I need to remember what I'm trying to achieve and how important it is to me, to my health, both mental and physical.
I'll let you know. =)
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