Switching it up. . . REALLY?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

My gym doesn't have a pool. So on top of my membership at my gym I have a membership at the local rec center. 5 days a week I go to my gym and workout and then I drive to my pool and finish up. Frankly, I'm sick of it. I feel like I pay through the nose for all these memberships. So a new gym opened up close to my home that has a pool. YEAH!!! I visited the gym yesterday and everything is so shiny and clean and all the equipment is super new. . . but there's a glitch. No women's workout room. Which I love. I don't like displaying my sweaty crotch in front of men while doing the abduction machines. Or stretching in my most unflattering way while Bruno is staring at me from the corner. Or all the unflattering noises that I involuntarily utter as I am doing those last two reps. I don't know about anyone else, but I don't look great when I workout. And somehow I don't push myself in front of men. Call it vanity or being brought up to always "appear" ladylike. I don't know. UGH! I am super frustrated. Maybe my old gym works for me. Maybe I don't need to save that extra $15.00 by going to the new gym. Maybe I like having to drive all over town to get my workout. For goodness sake!!!! WHO AM I KIDDING???? I am switching it up!!! I will get over my fear of not appearing ladylike. Yeah I sweat. Yeah I make freakish noises when I push myself. And I don't always look pretty or appear ladylike. But I made a commitment to myself to live a healthier lifestyle. And not everything is going to be easy. Not everything fits into a neat little package. This is just another hurdle that I will conquer on my journey to a healthier me.
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    I had to laugh when I read this. I don't even like going to a hair salon when there are men in the chairs around me getting their hair cut. I don't care if women are around, but just feel strangely vulnerable and self conscious with my hair wet, getting a trim, and sitting in that chair with the little cape on and no makeup. I don't know why it bothers me but it does.
    I understand how you feel...I would have to go to an all girl gym...besides I don't necessarily want to see Bruno bent over either, LOL. Congrats to you though, for getting past it and doing what makes sense for you. Be proud of that sweat, girl, don't worry who witnesses it...it's a badge of honor :)

    2912 days ago
    Definitely switch it up. Good for you. Who wants to drive to two gyms? Ugh. I do know the feeling about men watching you work out, though. You just have to remember that they probably think you are a hottie even when you don't, and anyone who is stupid enough not to doesn't matter because you have an awesome boyfriend back home who can't wait to see you in all your sweaty, chlorinated glory. Not that it would matter anyway, but having a bf is pretty rad, no?

    My gym (pole studio) is $100 a month. But it's the only thing that gets me to exercise regularly, so I'm doing it. Congrats to us for making the commitments we need!
    2920 days ago
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