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Thinking about canceling the gym membership.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I've had a gym membership for a couple of years now. It's expensive, and I can't really afford it. I'm also about 10-15 pounds heavier than I was when I joined two years ago. Husband never goes. Daughter almost never goes. Heck, even I almost never go. I'm not saying I will give up on working out. I just don't want to keep paying for something I'm not using. I just can't afford to do that. I can rent workout DVDs from Netflix and also do outdoor exercising: hiking, biking, walking, etc. The one thing I will really miss is the pool. When I do go, I absolutely LOVE it. I had been planning to drop Husband and Daughter when the summer was over (they can still go if they want, we just have to pay separately per visit). I'm not 100% convinced I want to give up my membership though. I'm scared if I give it up completely then I really won't ever lose this weight. I feel really disappointed in myself. I started summer vacation coming off of juicing. I wanted to keep doing well all summer and lose about 20 pounds. I've gained about that much. **SIGH** Just don't know what to do. Maybe I could do both. Workout DVDs...outdoor exercise...AND the gym. Maybe. I don't know.
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    I cancelled my gym membership and started taking walks and bike rides out in nature. I like that much better. Beside exercise I get fresh air, time to be alone and daydream while I'm walking or biking. AND I'm free of all the babbling women in the gym! :)

    Personally I'd never try to do it all (workout dvd's AND outdoor exercise AND the gym). I'd either get all my exercise at the gym to get the most out of the money I'm paying for it OR do outdoor exercise, maybe combinedwith a workout dvd.
    1688 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/3/2013 7:41:10 AM
    I cancelled mine because I rarely used it. I bought a Fit Bit and use it to be sure I get in a minimum of 10,000 steps a day. It syncs to Spark. I mostly march in place in front of the TV but I'm moving more than I was so that's a good thing. I've been at for 38 days. It has to be something that fits easily into your life.
    1689 days ago
    If it's easier on you to cancel the membership then go ahead and do it. OR you can find another gym that fits your financial needs and maybe you'd be more apt to go because it's not hurting your pocket and just do the membership for you, not your husband or daughter unless you know for sure they will go. And sure why not throw in the DVD's and outside work outs as well! Hope you can come to a decision that will make you happy! Best of luck!

    1689 days ago
    Cancel the gym and start walking or-as you say exercising at home. If you want to swim then pay as you go. Take one day at a time and track your food and wou can do it. emoticon
    1689 days ago
    I think many of us have been there and know where you're coming from. It's hard to stay motivated to go for me because I have to drive 20 minutes to get there. Mine is a really nice and big gym (no pool though at this one), but it's only $10 a month for regular membership or $20/month for the full membership which includes free unlimited tanning, free massage chairs and the best part to me, the ability to bring a guest every single day for absolutely free. I've started taking my daughter and it's great to not have to pay for a membership for her. I also have started going with a friend one day a week. Both help. I have had gyms in the past that were much more expensive, some of which had much less to offer. Anyway, bottom line is I (and many others) can empathize. Hang in there and maybe commit to going 1 day a week at first and make sure you do that one day and gradually go from there. Good luck!
    1690 days ago
    Keep going! If you go regularaly you will soon become addicted to it. Force yourself to go every day for a month - then it will be easy. emoticon
    1690 days ago
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