Friday, October 01, 2010
We worked it out to keep our membership by taking advantage of a promotion they were offering that gives us the rest of the year free. That will give us a little wiggle room with our expenses for the next three months. We also found out that we get a discount on our membership because of DH's job. Wish we knew that three years ago!!! Anyway, I am so happy that we can continue to go to the gym. I don't know what I would have done without it!
On the flip side, we are thinking of canceling our DirecTV. I think we can live with just the basic channels for a while. I will miss the programming on some of the channels like Food Network, HGTV and TLC, but otherwise there is really nothing I need all those channels for. The show I would miss the most - and it will be SO hard to live without it - is What Not to Wear. Unfortunately, you cannot get those episodes online. (Why not, TLC?????) I am actually a leader of the What Not to Wear Spark team, so I would be sad not to be able to watch the next season with my team. I could try watching it at the gym when they show reruns and get my "fix" that way.
The way I see it, if I have to choose between the gym or the TV, I will choose the gym. Better to be active and fit than a couch potato.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Well, I don't really have the answer to that. I wish I could find the answer, bottle it up and sell it. :) All I know is that I struggle with it pretty much every day. The craving for something sweet usually strikes mid-afternoon and again in the evenings after dinner, around 8 p.m. Even when I have nothing really good in the house, I manage to find *something* sweet. Peanut butter and jelly on an Eggo waffle. An apple or banana with honey or chocolate syrup. Even a large chunk of baking chocolate or spoonfuls of chocolate chips if that is all there is. What is wrong with me?? LOL.
This morning in the shower I started to think of all the ways I can distract myself away from the daily sweet snacks. Writing them down here will help me remember. And maybe some of these will help whoever reads this, too.
1. Get out of the house for a few minutes. Take a walk around the block or a short run.
2. Pop in a fitness DVD. Do some yoga poses or stretches.
3. Get far away from the kitchen. Go to bed early with a book or magazine.
4. Enlist hubby's help. If he sees me searching for a snack, he has permission to tackle me.
5. Phone a friend. It's rude to chew when you are talking on the phone.
6. Pop a mint and/or drink some tea. Then brush teeth.
7. Work for it. Plan for the snack, look up how many calories it has, then burn that many calories off at the gym. Enjoy the snack later, guilt free. Maybe it won't seem "worth it" after knowing how hard I have to work for one cookie or 1/2 cup of ice cream.
8. Write a note from the carton of ice cream to me: "You've worked so hard. Am I really worth it?" Notes on the refrigerator and cabinet door wouldn't hurt either.
9. Get on Spark instead. Read some blogs. Browse inspirational pages. Soak up the motivation.
10. Take up a hobby that will keep my hands busy. Already tried knitting, though. (Epic fail!)
If all else fails: Forgive myself. Enjoy. Eat more veggies tomorrow.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
So the scale has been teasing me. One day last week I got on the scale (after breakfast, even) and it said 119. I moved it to another spot and stepped on it again. And then moved it to another spot. Just to make sure. It still read 119. I did a happy dance because this was the first time I have been under 120 since before I had the baby!! The next day I got on the scale again (first thing in the morning, BEFORE breakfast) and it was 121. What the bleepety bleep?!?! Oh well, I figured it had to be a fluke.
BUT in other happy news..."Hello size 2 pre-pregnancy pants!"I think Express is generous with their sizes, but still. It does say 2 on the label, so I am going with it!!
Things are not great on the food front right now. I am just so uninterested in anything we have in the house. Waiting for the next paycheck to go for a decent grocery shopping, so we've been paring down the food in the refrigerator and cabinets. Don't you hate it when you have random ingredients but lack one or two things to make something good, so you end up with a hodgepodge instead of a normal meal?
I am also going through a phase in which I am bored with all my usual food staples. Need something new to jumpstart my cooking creativity. Not sure what...
Last weekend we went to Philadelphia for a wedding. After fasting all day Saturday the wedding food tasted GOOOOOOD. At that point anything put in front of me would have tasted absolutely devine. But it was good food. Not typical wedding food blah. Sunday we waited in a ridiculously long line for a Philadelphia cheesesteak. I felt like such a TOURIST. It wasn't bad, for a cheesesteak, but hardly worth waiting in that line. I guess I should have ordered my cheesesteak with "wiz" (cheese wiz) but I heard Jillian in my head saying, "cheez wiz?? Seriously??" Yeah, I am not keen on putting fake cheese into my body anymore. Well, at least I can cross "eat a Philly cheesesteak in Philly" off my bucket list.
(Speaking of Jillian, I heard her radio show is COMING BACK in January! I am beyond excited! )
Back to food... So last night I had dinner with a college friend who was in town for one night. Thai food...yum!! Had leftovers for lunch today. Plus some Mac and Cheese because apparently the Thai leftovers did not fill me up. And WAY too many fig newtons. Kind of a weird combo today, isn't it?
On the fitness front, I am doing pretty well. I still have not decided what to do about the gym. Laila and I both love going there. We'll see...For now, I am just enjoying it as long as I can.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
So yesterday, hoping to find a solution to my gym dilemma, I went to tour another gym in the area. This one is also walking distance and even a little closer to my house. It is a "community gym" (read "smaller") but the machines have a great view of the water and they have some intriguing things to offer that my current gym does not.
One thing they have is called TRX Suspension Training. This consists of resistance bands suspended from the ceiling. You can do various exercises with them - pushups, squats and much more. Because of the way they are designed, you are using your entire body weight, so everything gets a workout.
They also have "air yoga," which to me is both intriguing and a little frightening. You do yoga poses from hammocks suspended from the ceiling.
Finally, they have "fitwalls," which look like small climbing walls. Also designed to work your entire body at one time.
So, it is very cool and innovative. Unfortunately, none of the above come included with a basic membership, but you can pay as you go or sign up for a series of classes. With a basic membership you do get all their regular classes in addition to use of the machines. They do not have my beloved Body Combat or other Les Mills classes, but they have similar but different alternatives. There is a kickboxing class using real bags (Body Combat is non-contact) and they told me they have a similar class to Body Pump. There is also group cycling, more mainstream yoga, pilates, zumba and some sort of bootcamp class.
Now for 2 major cons:
- There is no childcare, which means I would no longer have the option to go to the gym during the day. It will be starting to get dark earlier in the next few months and I do not like the idea of walking when it is dark outside. Driving is an option but it's so close that it is almost ridiculous to drive, and because I live in the city, after a certain hour when people are coming home from work, you don't want to move your car or you won't find a parking spot when you get home.
- They want you to sign a 1-year contract as a new member. After a year you can go month to month. You can suspend your membership if you are traveling, injured, whatever and cancel if you move. I did not want to sign a contract because we are thinking of moving soon. Even though they say you can get out of it with proof that you moved away, I wonder how easy or difficult it would be to actually get out of a contract. This gym does not seem like a high-pressure sales type of place, but I am so used to belonging to gyms where it is almost impossible to get out of your contract. Reminds me of that episode of "Friends" where Ross and Chandler wanted to quit the gym but could not. LOL. One heartening observation I made is that the membership options seem simple and the same for everyone. At bigger gyms it seems like people are paying all different amounts tied to how long they have been members, incentives, etc. etc.
Finally, there is the cost comparison:
- Staying with the existing gym and taking DH off the membership would only save us $40/month. We would no longer have a family membership, which means the childcare is not free. We would be adding $25/month to my membership for the kids area.
- Staying with my existing gym, with only a membership for me and without the kids area, would save us $65/month. But the child care is really the selling point for me staying with this gym. If I don't have access to the childcare, I would be limited only to evenings (just as with the new gym), which defies the purpose. Plus, it would be a longer evening walk. Probably not worth doing this option.
Joining the new gym would save us $90/month.
Of course, just quitting altogether and working out at home would be the most cost-effective option. I feel like none of these situations are ideal, but we have to evaluate each one and see what we can do. The new gym offers a 14-day free trial, which includes everything such as the cool classes and personal training sessions. Also, if I join, the first month is free. I am totally considering giving it a try to see how I like the classes and the facility overall.
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