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The Gym Membership Conundrum and my New Dress (photo)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I called the gym today to find out how much it would be to add PC Fit to my gym membership. My membership would go from costing me $26/month to $100/month. By upgrading to the PC Fit Membership, I would have access to up to 15 sessions of PC Fit a month, unlimited X-Biking (spinning) and Yoga - plus all the stuff I have now (Unlimited gym time and aerobics classes)

Now... also, I spend $120 a month separate from my gym membership of $26/month for my personal trainer. By eventually upgrading to PC Fit Membership, I will save about $46.

There is another gym in town I was considering joining in addition to my current gym. I want to stay with my current gym because of the locations. This other gym has a pool, and is supposed to be offering Cross Fit here soon. So, if their cross fit schedule would work with my schedule, then I could join that gym for $25/month - and keep my current membership for $26/month and spend $51/ month.

Of course, I would add PC Fit membership and join the other gym and still save about $20 as to what I am paying now for my membership and trainer --

I am not going to make any decisions until June/July because that is when my trainer is leaving me.

In other news... I bought a dress. I am saying it is for a wedding in June, but I just wanted it

I think that is all for now

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BRTRAINS 3/9/2013 1:47PM

    Good luck on the gym choice, I left the gym I was at last year after being there for 10 years, went to another gym that doesn't have any classes such as spinning etc.. But when I think back I only did a few classes a year once Summer comes I'm outside biking all the time... Sounds like you have a great attitude !!

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PATTYR81 3/6/2013 10:12AM

    I LOVE the dress!!!! emoticon

What I REALLY like about your post is that you are thinking and doing nice things for yourself. And spending your money on what YOU want.

Taking care of ourselves first--- What a concept! emoticon

I can't wait to see a pic of you in your new dress!!!

Happy Day!

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GREENGENES 3/5/2013 10:22PM

    Sounds like you've got some good options and just need to figure out what is best for you - fitness wise. Is saving a little money going to affect your fitness goals or is it better to add a program that you will really enjoy and will help you achieve your goals? Good luck!

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MAIZEY 3/5/2013 8:07PM

    Good luck on your gym membership choices. Fitness is so important and noting hat you do is so important too!

I love the dress!

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DIETSAFARI 3/5/2013 1:09PM

    Very Audrey Hepburn. I would have bought that one too!
Hope you feel great in it.

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BILL60 3/5/2013 7:34AM

    I put it all in my pocket by having a simple home gym that is as convenient as any gym could be.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/5/2013 3:11AM

    wow, I wish I could afford that.

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MINIMINIV 3/5/2013 1:31AM

    Love the dress!!

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goal weight - achieved!

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I weighed in this morning... 139.4! Goal weight is 140 - I made it!!

I am going to continue doing what I am doing and see what happens. I am going to now focus on lowering my body fat % -

Whooo hoooo!!!

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KELLIEBEAN 3/13/2013 10:15PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! A great accomplishment. If you haven't already, you should consider joining the At Goal and Maintaining team. We are a friendly, supportive group that helps each other maintain our new healthy habits.


So happy for you!

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BOOKWORM27S 3/13/2013 3:30PM

    So happy for you! Good luck in weight maintenance!

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/4/2013 1:58PM

    Congratulations! I am SO proud of you. You have been rocking it with working out and making good food choices and it's great to see it all paying off for you!


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LUNIECAT 3/4/2013 12:14PM

    Congratulations! I knew you would do it!! emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 3/4/2013 8:13AM

    Way to go! Congratulations!!!

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SOFT_VAL67 3/4/2013 6:54AM

    yipppeeeeee wooooo hooooo, so happy for you and hope one day to blog the same success emoticon

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CHANGE4GOODNOW 3/4/2013 5:23AM

    Congratulations for putting in all the work to achieve your goal and becoming a healthier you!!!

Becky emoticon

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CAMAEL100 3/4/2013 4:56AM

    Fantastic, well done!

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EUEK098 3/3/2013 9:14PM

    emoticon Congrats Cortney!!

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My Natural Appointment

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I met with Angie of Be Well Associates (

and it was a very informative appointment. Because I want to make the transition into eating whole foods, we are working together to cut out artificial sweeteners and added sugars. She also suggested that I may want to cut dairy out of my diet as well, and work toward a more Paleo approach. I am ok with that. I think I would do well with that.

I am also thankful she didn't try to push a bunch of supplements off on me either. She recommended a very good multi vitamin, and also something for liver support. She said she would like me to try one round of it to see if it helps with the metal taste when drinking water.

All in all, I am very happy with what we discussed, and it is nice that I have someone I can email any time for a perspective.

I think that is all for now

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LIVINGFREE19 3/1/2013 9:38AM


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JT_GMOTU 2/27/2013 10:47PM

    Sounds like it will be interesting to work with her! Congrats on taking another step in the health process...


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BILL60 2/27/2013 8:45AM

    Super!! Hope that it works for you.

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JANTWO 2/27/2013 12:12AM

    Good for you!!!! I hope you do very well. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 2/26/2013 11:33PM

    I'm glad you had a good appointment.

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DEBBY4576 2/26/2013 11:14PM

    Good. You sound like you are moving forward into a healthy, very healthy lifestyle. I wonder what she thinks of almond milk. The original no sugar added one. I haven't had milk in years, because I'm lactose intolerant, but do like the almond milk on oatmeal and cereal, and in iced coffees too. Ask her what she thinks though.

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Why Decaf is Lame

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Decaf tea is just not the same. It really lacks the flavor of regular tea. It doesn't matter how long I steep it or how hot the water is, the flavor is just not there. It is pretty much hot water with a brown color.

Sometimes I use loose tea, which has a bit stronger flavor, however, It is not always efficient to use it especially when I am at work.

Decaf coffee isn't much better. I find that even the dark roast decaf still lacks the flavor of regular.

I am not much of an herbal tea fan. Some of it is ok, but I find a lot of it gross.

I spent today at my mother's house. I made my co-worker my famous (well at least famous on Night Shift at Smith transport) Chocolate Peanut Butter Filled Cupcakes w/ Peanut Butter Icing and I also made pasta salad for our potluck dinner on Saturday at work. I am not really sure how I feel about pasta salad. I like it is very small amounts, but it isn't something I can eat a huge amount of. A 1/4 of a cup is enough for me. Even before my RNY and my healthy lifestyle, I still only liked a small amount of it. The same really goes for all picnic salads. I am not a huge fan of them.

I want to do something fun tomorrow with my boyfriend. It is too cold out to go play tennis or basketball. I don't think there are any movies he wants to see (I am not dragging him to see beautiful creatures) and I don't really have the extra money to go shopping. I am sure we will go out to dinner and grocery shopping like we do every Friday we are off together. I just want to do something besides sitting at home watching some boring, lame TV show.

I think that is all for now

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MAIZEY 2/23/2013 9:39PM

    Missing caffeine too!

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PATTYR81 2/23/2013 11:05AM

    I TOTALLY AGREE re decaf!!! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 2/22/2013 12:08PM

    a long walk or hike is free and gives plenty of time to just talk leisurely and maybe make faux plans for a big cruise or something fun to dream about

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LUNIECAT 2/22/2013 11:45AM

    Personally, I can't wait to have lost enough weight to be able to go bowling, or roller skating, again. Heck! I'll even attempt to get up on those teeny little blades (that can't hold me up yet) and try ice skating again!

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BILL60 2/22/2013 7:58AM

    Find a nice wine bar and just communicate with each other.

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The Holistic Approach

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Usually, I think all of that Holistic stuff is a bunch of garbage or rather a big steaming pile of horse dung. So, why now, am I considering it?

With my goal weight just within reach, I figure I am going to have to go through maintenance, which scares me to death. I have talked about this in other blogs. I am so afraid that I am going to gain my weight back that I need all the support I can get.

A friend of mine recommended Be Well Associates

The Nutritionist I am seeing, Angie, also has a lot of experience in treating addiction. Not only do I think she will help me chose the right foods and help me on the path to clean eating, but I also think she will help me with my food addictions. I am thinking that with her support, the support of my trainer, my medical (surgical) team, my RD, my family doctor and my WLS Support Group that I might just make it.

I am not really into the entire "detoxification" thing, because I don't really believe that you can detox the body, but I am hopeful that clean eating and other things will help me be a continued success.

The cost is a little much -- $150 for the first appointment, but can I really put a price on my health? I don't think I can. I will easily be able to afford it if I make a few cuts elsewhere. Looks like I won't be hitting up that awesome sale at Aeropostale this week or next!

I know people may think I am crazy, but this is something I honestly feel will help me be the person I want to be.

In other news - I had a great workout at the gym today. Strength and Cardio. I am trying to convince my co-worker to do C25K with me. I printed us out a schedule. I just need to get a routine down and I think I will be alright.

Here is what I am looking at... may be a little intense, but I can make adjustments

Monday - Train w/ Trainer

Tuesday - if I am off, PC Fit Level 1 (slower paced boot camp for beginners - need to talk to the trainer about this) C25K

Wednesday - Strength and Cardio

Thursday - Same as Tuesday - If I am off work PC Fit and C25K - if I work, just C25k

Friday - Strength and Cardio

Saturday - C25K

Sunday -- Not a dang thing!!!

According to my Gym's Facebook Page

"ProCare Altoona is now offering PC Fit Level 1 classes. These are 60 minute classes that are designed for the someone who is new to Functional Training or does not feel ready for the intensity of the PC Fit class. These classes will use the same equipment and program design as our regular PC Fit program but with a lower intensity and an emphasis on proper mechanics and education. The design allows the pace to be individualized to challenge all levels of fitness. Come in and try it out for free. You will quickly understand that anyone can do it and the results are real."

My goal is eventually to quit personal training and just do PC Fit. I still have a long way to go before I can do PC Fit though.

I think that is all for now

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SLACHETKA103145 2/20/2013 8:23AM

    I have been in maintenance for 66 weeks and counting and I have been within my weight the whole time. I have a simple little rule I go by. First what I did to lose it I am committed to doing that Monday - Friday. That includes eating and exercising. When I get to week-ends I may fudge a little bit if there is something special that I want (I really love Banana Pudding). I don't do it often but I will enjoy once in a while. I eat as natural as I can in NW WI in the winter and I enjoy what I eat. I also use SP as I think it is important to keep knowing where I am so I can handle problems. The other little tidbit is that I weigh in on Monday so I do have to be good on the week-ends!


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-LINDA_S 2/19/2013 4:44PM

    Holistic is where it's at! This world has become so toxic and full of chemicals and fake foods, that there's very little out there that is actually good for us. As long as your nutritionist isn't totally gung-ho on "healthy whole grains" and legumes (and a lot of them are), this might be worthwhile. Good luck!

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/19/2013 11:03AM

    You do what's best for YOU! If that means you need to try something different to help you in maintenance and for your health, then go for it! It's like you said, you can't put a price on health. Plus, you have so many people in your support system that you'll figure out pretty quickly whether this is something that's really going to work for you.

Love that workout schedule. It's aggressive, but it's always fun to challenge yourself a bit. I'm sure after a few weeks, you'll have that routine down with no problems at all!

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CHRISTINASP 2/19/2013 8:06AM

    Well, I'm quite a 'believer' in a holistic approach. So I absolutely wouldn't call you crazy for considering it.
I do feel that if you're sared of maintenance, paying a lot of money for a holistic counselor and for the supplements they're likely to presribe, may not be the way to move through that fear. Maybe you won't be so scared anymore once you've been in maintenance for a few months and gain some confidence that you can do this, just like you were able to lose the weight.
How about joining the teams for maintenance here at SP? Finding a few buddies to talk to, learn from, and to hold you accountable?
How about making a list of things you think will be hard and writing down possible solutions? Just a few things you might try first before spending money on what you think is a heap of dung...

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