Have You Met Gym?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Okay, so I can check off one of my SIYC goals!

Tonight I contacted my insurance company's Weight Management program. Turns out I DID sign up a couple years ago but I never actually got started with the program. The guy I talked to said that he didn't think this would disqualify for me for the program now. (They have a stipulation that states "if you begin the program and then quit/stop, you don't get another chance" basically.) He seemed to think I should be fine getting qualified for the program!

So what does that mean? For the first three months I'll pay $45 a month for services. This includes not only membership at a gym of my choosing (from their list), but regular visits with a registered dietitian, a physical workup and regular checkups of my progress, and a personal trainer! What's more, if I stick with it, the six months after those first initial months -- only $14 a month! SCORE!!

So, since I will have to make a decision as to where I want to work out -- I could use a bigger gym near work in the city, there are at least 5 within a 20 mile radius of my office - one within walking distance in the hospital across the street, or I could just use the gym by my house. There are advantages to both. -- I decided to visit the gym by my house first to see if they even had the equipment I would need to work out. (Hey, I'm a big girl! If they don't have the good stuff, I'll be over the weight capacity limit of the machines - like that chick who got kicked off the machines at her gym.) I was SOOOO nervous to go in there. I haven't been in a gym since I was like 15 or so. (I *loved* going to the gym back then and have missed even the sweat smell of it! *lol*)

I walk in even more nervous when I pulled up, as a truck pulls up with me and two hot young studs get out and head in, running into a really buff young stud coming out fully sweaty. "UGH!" I thought. "It's one of THOSE gyms!" I went in anyways.

I go up to the girl at the front and before I can say anything, this tall sweaty, well built guy looks at the two girls up front and says, "I think I'm pregnant." *lol* Anyhow, then I said to the girl, "Yeah, I just wanted to see, first of all, if you have the right equipment for a person like me." She started doing this nodding/shaking her head thing...I couldn't tell if she was saying yes or no, so I asked. "I just don't know what you mean," she said. "Well," I said, "I weigh 390 pounds right now and..." She interrupted, "So? None of us is perfect here." That's when I knew that I could totally find myself at this gym! *love* that!

She then encouraged me to tour the gym all I wanted. She said I could even try out some of the aerobic class that was going on (too bad I wasn't wearing the right clothes! *lol*). It's not an incredibly large gym, but they do have a racquetball court, a sauna, locker rooms, tons of weight lifting equipment (we have a huge HS sports program in this area so that wasn't surprising) and a few treadmills downstairs. Then upstairs they have a TON of elliptical machines and treadmills (and maybe some bikes, I didn't see them but I'm sure they're there) and some stair-step machines...and surrounding it all is an indoor track. And then there is a room where they do classes -- line dancing, low and high impact aerobics, zumba, yoga (EEP!!), bellydancing, all sorts of stuff! It was much more than I expected.

So the point to all this --- keep your fingers crossed that I pass eligibility screening and get to participate in this program. They keep it open to me as long as I use it. (And, little secret...even if they don't let me in the program, I might still join the's only 38 bucks a month! Not too shabby!!) But, still, the extra support would be friggin' awesome!
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    Oh wow! the gym sounds GREAT! I'm keeping my fingers crossed they "let you in" to the program!!!!
    4015 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    And indoor track?!?!?! I'm so jealous. Sounds like an awesome program and a cool gym to join! One by your house would be nice because then you can workout on your days off unless you think you'll want to workout on your lunch break. Make a list of pros and cons and see which works better for you! Glad you had a good experience there!
    PS. The "crowd" at the gym changes a lot depending on what time you go. You'll probably notice. But there's always a mix of people at my gym. Don't worry about the other people. They're probably thinking that its awesome you are there in the first place!
    4015 days ago
    That sounds amazing, and I obviously haven't been to the other gyms, but one by your house always a good bet. Then you don't have an excuse on the weekend not to go. Forgot to grab an item of workout clothes (socks, bras.. yeah that's happens to me all the time), just stop off at home and head back If it's by your house you can do the morning workouts pretty easily too.

    I'll keep my fingers crossed that you pass, but no matter what I think you should join. Ask about upcoming promos they are doing (sometimes free enrollment or 6 months at a reduced rate).

    I'm getting excited for you!
    4015 days ago
    Lovely! Holding thumbs, crossing fingers/toes/legs...
    4015 days ago
  • SHEILA1505
    This sounds so much like my gym which is a 5minute walk (if there's no traffic to skip thru) from my home - means I go any time I want to be there - day or weekend. No need to take the car and so no parking charges and no carbon footprint!

    I think you are going have FUN at this gym - good luck

    4016 days ago
    Yay! Anoter soon-to-be gym rat!
    Woot woot!

    4016 days ago
  • _DASH_
    "UGH!" I thought. "It's one of THOSE gyms!" I WENT IN ANYWAYS."

    You seriously rock.
    4016 days ago
    Yay Yay Yay!! You ROCK!! Keep looking at gyms tho, you may be surprised at what different gyms have to offer!!
    4016 days ago
    OMGosh, that gym sounds perfect!! What's the name of it?? I would always suggest a gym close to home, I'm a gym rat myself...and that's what I prefer :) Good luck!!
    4016 days ago
    That's awesome! Congrats :) We are here to support you!!
    4016 days ago
  • BECKYB73
    You know, if you have a FSA you can probably get reimbursed for the whole amount of even BETTER.

    I hope you pass their screening, if not keep doing what you're doing, cause it's obviously WORKING!!! emoticon
    4016 days ago
    That program sounds freaking amazing!! What a great opportunity. I hope that pulls through for you. I'm glad you found a gym that you would feel comfortable working out at. I hope this takes your workouts to a whole new level!
    4016 days ago
    I have been thinking about joining the gym by my house. I was a member a couple of years ago and I loved it!
    4016 days ago
    That sound like a great place! Good luck....
    and do what you need to do whether or not you have the support from your job. You will love you for it!
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    4016 days ago
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    What a great gym intro! I have always hated gyms, but after reading your blog, I might reconsider!

    Good luck!
    4016 days ago
  • KILA1228
    Sounds like it's a plan. Take advantage girl!!
    4016 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Yay, sounds like a great gym! I hope everything works out, but if not, I hope you sign up and are happy!
    4016 days ago
    That is the best news I have heard in a while! I'm so happy for you.... YOU SEE!!! That crap job was actually good for something! You even get a nutritionist? Amazing. Sometimes you have to wade through a lot of muck before you find the prize. Way to go!
    4016 days ago
    Sa...weet! Hope you get to join...sounds like you're 'pumped up' for it!

    Best wishes on reaching your goals!
    4016 days ago
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