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Most Expensive Challenge Ever--Fall 5%-Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving is what I hope I'll be thinking...

The Fall 5% Challenge pushed me into joining a gym after a disappointing Summer Challenge that involved a long plateau.

I spent 429 euros, that's 577$ at today's rate, gulp, the Monday after the challenge started on a year's gym membership. And that's the local low cost gym too, nothing fancy, basic machines, a 30 minute circuit and weight machines.

I met my gym goals for last week which broke down to this:

Monday gym: half bike machine, half treadmill
Tuesday home: elliptical and arms, core and abs exercises
Wednesday: nothing
Thursday: gym, bike and some of the circuit machines
Friday : gym, treadmill and some machines
Saturday: light walking
Sunday: big walk

Felt great, a bit sore in the beginning, not too bad though. I've been stretching really well after the gym. So this is the plan for the next bit of time, let's say the time of the challenge.

Only real goals, try to break the plateau, sleep better, destress. Any weight loss would be great but I have to stop worrying about it.

I'm trying to create new habits that will keep me going to the gym long term. I refuse to do anything I don't like to do that makes me not want to go to the gym. So far so good, I like the treadmill a lot more than I thought I would and the bike is fine, I think I can even think about bringing a book next time and trying it out.

One week and two days of the new exercise program down.

One good thing, if I look at it this way, going to the gym will cost me 2.75 euros each time if I go three times a week for the year. Less if I go more. And even less if I keep it up for the year after, as it will be a bit less expensive the second year. I have to look at it as an investment and it gets me out meeting some new people too.

Hoping for a Happy Thanksgiving and a stronger me.
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  • AMBER32585
    I love the gym....I used to be a member then got pregnant 2x...an now a sitter plus gym = way to $$ so I do treadmill at home and dvd's. I do miss the me time the gym allowed.
    2531 days ago
  • AKASHA66
    So far, end of week two at the gym, this was a good decision. I have stuck with the program I set out, maybe even done a bit more than I expected. I'm using a heart rate monitor for the cardio so it helps me to know whats going on.

    I'm really happy I did it.
    2551 days ago
    Great goals. You should reap a lot of benefit from this investment.
    2552 days ago
    First off, ouch on the cost of the gym. Secondly, though: great investment, especially if you go 3-4x/week. Looking at your schedule, I say, great work on hitting the circuit machines and keep it up! Strength training is essential for changing one's body and keeping the weight off. emoticon
    2553 days ago
    I think that's great! I used to go to the gym and enjoyed it. I was considering it again as well, just for something new to do and mix up the exercise.

    Good luck with the challenge, and thanks for joining it - that's what pointed me in the direction of the team! I'm really enjoying it :)
    2554 days ago
    I am very proud of you for your positive attitude! Try some cinnamon tea, burning a white candle(vanilla scented if possible) for peace and a long soothing bath in lavendar oil or bubble bath for your stress. When you are at work, take a moment and just close your eyes, take a deep breath and remind yourself that you are so much more than just your work, you are a beautiful soul with a lot of love to give and you have places in your life to express that. It will put work in perspective and be just enough to separate you from the moment of stress. Hope all this helps!!!

    blessings and joy,
    Ciara emoticon
    2554 days ago
  • AKASHA66
    Thanks so much for the support you guys, it really helps.

    I'm proud of myself, today, even though I really didn't get any sleep and work has been a pain, I still did my elliptical and arms and abs at home. I think the at home day is a good idea and lends to the variety. It would have been so easy to blow it off today and I did't!
    2554 days ago
    How awesome!!! I think that it is just a routine like this that can inspire all of us to do better and it is this kind of dedication that puts you in a class of your own! Great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2554 days ago
    What better "investment" can there be than investing in YOURSELF and a better, healthier future?? Good luck with your goals, you're certainly on the right track!
    2554 days ago
    That is great. Yeah, it is expensive, but being healthy evens out in the long run. Plus, think how good it is going to make you feel!!! Oh, not to mention the guilt of having spent that money if you don't go...great motivation to go!!!

    Keep it up!!! And..good luck on the challenge!
    2554 days ago
  • KARENE10
    I think that you have the right attitude for the gym. Do what you enjoy doing. I like how you broke it down per day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2554 days ago
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    2554 days ago
    Great decision! You will do great on this challenge!

    Go Care Bears!
    2554 days ago
    Great investment! Your gym goals looks great! keep up the awesome job!

    Go Care Bears!
    2554 days ago
    Happy Thanksgiving and good luck with the 5% Fall Challenge!

    Go Care Bears Go!
    2554 days ago
    Good goals there, just remember to take it one day at a time and we are all here for you. Have a fantastic day.
    2554 days ago
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