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Back on the Glidepath - Grapefruit Game (Who's In?)

Saturday, February 09, 2013

This morning I made a difficult financial decision, but an obvious personal one: I rejoined a gym. Not the Rolls Royce place I had belonged to, but one with the functional basics of Cardio and weight training equipment. The price is one I can afford and while I have sacrificed some of the glamor of the facility I used to go to, this one has a billing structure that even paupers like me should be able to afford.

Six weeks late, but a New Year's Resolution nevertheless. So, competitive Sparkies, who's into some weight-loss racing? Remember I'm the creator of games out here, and baseball Spring Training is upon us. There are 30 major league baseball teams, about half or slightly more train in Florida and play a round robin schedule of games in late February and March. These teams collective call themselves the "Grapefruit League." Grapefruit is a nice tidy word, with ten letters.... hmm...

Ten weeks. Ten pounds. ANY of us not already at maintenance can lose a pound a week, right? How about 1.5? OK, 15 lbs over the next ten weeks. Grapefruit...

G - Get moving. Up and off the couch, out of the Lazy-Boy, outside, to the gym, whatever.

R - Realize that you are human and can have off-days. But even on those, drink the Sparky water. Everyone has time for that.

A - Act your age. Do not compete with the built teenagers and 20-somethings at the gym. Compete with yourself.

P - Purge the bad habits. Late night eating, TV eating, overeating, absent-minded eating, convenience-eating, Starbucks Lattes, beers with the guys, fruity drinks with the girls, did I miss any?

E - Exercise. Regularly. Break a sweat. Don't just read about other people doing it.

F - Freggies (XRSIZE18 are you listening - it's YOUR word!). Re-balance your diet by getting enough of these, without the unhealthy salt, dressings, dips, etc.

R - Rev up your metabolism. This one means exercise.

U - Undershoot your daily calories. In the long run this is no good, but a day of a deliberate undershoot, say once a week, might be just the trick. I'm going to try this and see.

I - Invest in your health. For me, it's the gym. Maybe it's buying a piece of equipment? Who said healthfulness was cheap.? At the very least, write a fat check to Sparkpeople to renew your membership here.

T - Top your previous exercise records. And track everything.

So, who's ready for some Spring Training Competition, and to drop some 15? Tell me. Oh - Weigh-in is every Sunday morning when you first get up, after pee and before coffee/tea/water. Otherwise...

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  • no profile photo CD13099273
    I'm In ! With all that exercise I am committed to - I think I should be able to pull it off ! LOL - Besides - I am aging gracefully ! I should have been more specific in my blog - walking the USA - I calculate every 15 minutes of cardio into a mile as I know I can jog a 15 minute mile proved in past 5ks. So an hour and a half of Jazzercise is six miles. Slow and easy for me with the workouts. Jazzercise I picked up for the year at $199.00 for nine classes a week it usually runs about $450.00 for the year . A much better value than my gym for the year and the schedule meets my needs. The Sculling is a short term beginner class to see if its a Sport that I would like to incorporate into my life. The races are spread out throughout the year ! I am not Super Woman but close! Count me in ! :)
    2807 days ago
  • KATHRYN1955
    OK, I am committed (or perhaps I should be!). First weigh in this Sunday. Where would you like us to post our poundage?
    2808 days ago
    I love it all sounds like fun. I think I might give it a try this go around.
    2808 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Glad to hear you've recommitted yourself to the gym. It may not be the one with all the bells and whistles of the previous gym, but that's not what you go there for, anyways. And one way to look at the financial end, is to realize that you are taking a proactive hand in your health. Thus adding years to your life. Years that will include SS cheques. So, with those extra cheques, in essence, your government is paying for your membership. emoticon
    Hopefully you will sleep better knowing the gym costs are covered by Uncle Sam.
    2809 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Count me in. Anywhere special that we register our weights?
    SW- 188.5
    2809 days ago
    Love my gym (the Y) and have been a member pretty much of one Y or another since age 4 (except when enrolled in university when I've used the uni gyms) Current Y has been my home since 1975 (except, again, during return to school). Love the people, love the facility, love the equipment, love the staff who reach for a stack of four (FOUR!!!) fluffy white towels when they see me coming!! With a big smile, too.

    Love the cardio, love the ST, love the steam room, love the whirlpool. Love the $50,000 body (my joking reference to the cost of gym membership + the loss of earnings for time spent at the gym when I'm not working!!).

    You are worth a gym membership, absolutely!! It's cheap at the price. . pretty much whatever the price.
    2809 days ago
    SW: 214.2 lbs.
    2809 days ago
  • COOKIE_AT_51
    Okay ... since I did well in the Superbowl downsizing I guess I will go for it!! So I am ready, I figured the final WI will be April 21st, is that correct? Thanks! emoticon
    2809 days ago
    I'm in!
    2809 days ago
    Sorry, I'm not going to play.

    Wanted to say that I'm VERY proud of you for having the realization that you are worth the $$$ investment.
    2810 days ago
    2810 days ago
    LOVE your economics of obesity graphics! Excellent.
    2810 days ago
    I'm in! Love the costs vs.benefits graphic. ;)
    2810 days ago
    Sounds good ....let's do it.
    2810 days ago
    Congrats. I had to make a similar decision a few years ago. I once belonged to a hospital based health club, which was wonderfully clean, had great programs, towel service, etc. I moved to a much less expensive health club, that tried to sell you anything and everything, but the price was right, they had the right classes and equipment and eventually left me alone. When I moved to Florida, I found a great price at a reasonably nice health club, LA Fitness, and will probably shop around again after a while, as a few new clubs opened in the area that are slightly less expensive. I'm staying for now because I have the best Zumba instructor ever and because she makes it so much fun, I'm going 4 times per week. She also teaches a few classes at a couple of other clubs so I will try them before I make any changes. Great health is priceless!
    2810 days ago
    emoticon just what i needed to get me back on track and work on my mindless eating. and talking my self our of going to the gym . enjoy your membership. like your gym mine is small family like and has what i needed and supper trainers who will answer questions and give you tips at charge . see you tomorrow after weigh in emoticon
    emoticon sorry to say i had a gain so this is good 165 Sat at the gym emoticon 165 emoticon
    2810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/11/2013 12:03:10 AM
    I have to recommitt to fitness but I don't want to lose anymore weight until I see my Dr. I haven't been to the fitness/aquatic center since November 4. I figured it out. I am throwing away $34.00 a month. Yes, I am ready to go back to the gym.
    2810 days ago
    I love your games! Im totally in! Whens weigh in?
    2810 days ago
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