Wednesday, April 28, 2010
How many clubs are you a member of?
If I think back through my life I can recall a few different clubs - Brownies/Girl Guides as a kid, 4H for a little while, then as a teenager I was in all kinds of clubs at school, Drama, Cheerleading, Arts Council, Student Council, Dance Committee. Then once you leave school, club memberships tend to dwindle - maybe the occasional book club, church group, new parents meet-up and the ever popular gym club membership that may or may not just be for "safe keeping" in case you ever need it someday.
But how about the clubs that you become a member of without even thinking about it or wanting to?
I had been a member of the "300 Pound Club" for almost 3 years. I also prescribed to "Non-Exercisers-R-Us," "The Size 26 Group," and the "Yo-Yo Dieting Divas." And I had been a member of the "Clean Plate Club" since I could hold a knife and fork. In fact, the list of my unhealthy clubs took up not only most of my time, but also most of my willpower and brain space.
I finally realized that it was time to clean house and relinquish my subscriptions to some of these groups - regardless of how much I truly enjoyed my weekly "Couch Potato Club" meetings.
I found that once I started getting rid of my memberships to the unhealthy clubs, I had more room in my life for new club memberships - and there was a gamut to choose from! Do I become a member of the "C25K" group? How about the "Swim Team" or the "Healthy Eating Forum"?
So far, I'm happy with the membership choices I've made. My new clubs give me self esteem, motivation and good, old-fashioned camaraderie. After all - it's no fun being in a club if you feel like you're in it by yourself! I'm looking very forward to gaining admission to a bunch of new clubs in the future (I hear ONEderland is a great place!), and the "100 Pounds Gone" group is truly a goal for me.
Every so often, my old clubs send me a "Please won't you consider re-joining us?" letter in the mail. But I sort them to the junk pile and move on. My new clubs are far more fun and fulfilling!