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Thinking out loud

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hi, friends! It has been a busy week. I started my new job last Monday as a sales associate at a local furniture store. There's a ton of training involved so it's a little overwhelming but overall I think it will work out. As of right now, the earliest I start is 10. That will change to 9:30 once I'm on the floor selling furniture. My issue is that I'm having the hardest time dragging my butt out of bed at 7am for my workout. (I know, it's not terribly early AT ALL.) I was up everyday last summer at 7am and completed my workouts without a problem. I think because it's dark and cold at 7am, I don't want to move out of my cozy bed. I get plenty of sleep. I'm in bed by 10:30 and sleep like a baby. I feel sluggish during my morning workout, and I don't feel like I'm giving it 100%. I know that it's something I have to figure out myself and just DO. I could also exercise in the evening when I get home, but my motivation just isn't there right now. It's incredibly frustrating. But I was debating whether or not I should get a gym membership. I want to get serious about strength training, and at home all I have are 5 and 10 pound dumbbells and an old bench and barbell in the basement, which I hate using because the basement is so cluttered that I can barely do anything down there. I've always been opposed to the idea of a gym membership because I like exercising at home (usually) plus the cost of a membership has always deterred me. We only have 2 private gyms in the area plus the YMCA, no Gold's Gym, Planet Fitness, etc. I might make an appointment with Membership Services at the gym I'm leaning towards just to take a look and see if it's something I might be interested in. I would either go before or after work, and since I'd be paying for it, I'd make myself go. Is it ridiculous that I want to buy a gym membership just to get motivated to exercise? I haven't missed a day of exercise since mid-November, but lately I'm not reaching my goal for how many calories I want to burn because I'm feeling sluggish.

I just feel so BLAH because I struggled to exercise this past week. It was only my first week working so I'm hoping I'll be able to develop some kind of schedule. It was so much easier when I wasn't working =p

Now I'm going to torture myself with the dreadmill. Since I can't run on the dreadmill, 10% incline at a walking pace. Let's see how this goes.
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SUSIQZER 2/18/2013 7:53AM

    There's something about making an appointment with yourself to go to the gym that's motivating. It doesn't quite makes sense to me, but it's the only way I'll exercise in the morning!

If I have everything ready -- gym bag and purse in the car, clothes selected, lunch packed -- all I have to do is grab my lunch and water bottle from the fridge and head out for the day. Exercising in my basement doesn't hold the same appeal. Also, because I see the same early-morning exercisers every day, it feels like others are counting on me (or, at the very least, judging me if I don't go!).

So I say give it a shot!

But I'd see if you can do a 30-day membership at each of the available locations to try them out. They'll all have pros and cons, and you want to find a place that works best for you (on the way to work, locker rooms good for getting ready for work, etc).

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KERRISEYMOUR 2/18/2013 7:32AM

    I don't think it's ridiculous at all to want to pay for a membership to get motivated!! I too love working out at home; the freedom, the ease, the privacy. However, sometimes it's getting out of your comfort zone where change really happens! AND there are so many more options at the gym! At least the gym I go to, there's classes, cardio machines, weights galore etc! If it is truly in your budget(without really making things super tight) I say go for it if it's what you truly want!

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KSCHRAUT 2/17/2013 8:41PM

    Starting a new job takes time to get used to and find a schedule that works for you. I'm sure once you are in a routine it'll all be good!

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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 2/17/2013 6:53PM

    About the motivation to work out because you're paying for it with a gym membership - at one point I was paying for membership at 2 different gyms (couldn't get out of my contract at one, but the other was more convenient to my work) and wasn't making it to either of them!! So don't fall for the "I'll go if I'm paying for it" thing - you'll go if you're motivated to go!

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ELISELOVE1 2/17/2013 6:45PM

    maybe you need a week off ? even you havent taken days off

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BOOKAPHILE 2/17/2013 6:15PM

    If you haven't missed a day since November, you might need a day off just to rest. Try different types of exercise. I get in a rut and can hardly force myself to do it, but it works out when I change things up. Good luck with whatever you decide. You'll make it work.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/17/2013 5:59PM

    Cut yourself some slack! You are DOING your exercise, so kudos for that! You have a new schedule, new job, new responsibilities, so it's no wonder your usual energy for exercise is somewhere else. I vote for the gym -- it's motivating to have someplace "just" for exercise and you, and, like you p0int out -- you'll be more likely to use it since you are paying for it. Good luck, girl!

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