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Quit the gym.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Today I cancelled my gym membership. I've been thinking about it for quite a while now. I did it for a couple of reasons, but mainly because I just didn't want to spend the money on it anymore. I don't use it, anyway. But that's irrelevant. Even if I DID use it every single day, I still didn't want to spend the money on it anymore. It was $83 a month for me, my husband and our daughter. That is $996 per year. I don't know about you, but I could do a lot with a thousand bucks. So that's one less bill we have to worry about paying, and just a little less stress on my shoulders. Maybe I will pocket the $83 each month and save it up for the new wardroabe I will need.

Of course, before I cancelled the membership, I thought about ways I could exercise without going to the gym. I've decided to get exercise videos through my current Netflix subscription. I've also talked to my sister-in-law and she is going to let me borrow from the mountain of exercise videos she has. I'm also going to look for videos on YouTube (I can access the free YouTube app through our two XBox systems). When the weather is nice, I can go for walks outside, go hiking, and I plan to start looking for a bicycle.

I'm feeling good about this decision, and I'm ready to start getting myself back on track.

Sidenote: I'm still working on my to-do list of goals for this year. My goals for January are to lose 5 pounds and get my laundry/pantry room cleaned and organized. I also have to buckle down and finish my observation notes for my classroom. So those are my goals for January. I can do this!

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  • IONA72
    That is a big saving, I have just found a pay as you go gym, I would not be able to justify the cost otherwise.
    Keep thinking outside the box! emoticon
    1620 days ago
    Just wanted to let you know that I lost 30lbs with Spark People some years back without a gym membership.. YOU CAN do it..

    I like the goals that you have come up with so far..

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    from 'GO the Distance' Spark Team

    1624 days ago
  • KITT52
    they have great work out video's right here for free..there are lots of them....I use them

    good luck....I enjoy my home workouts....

    have a healthy day
    1625 days ago
    Great decision. If it is not working for you, no point keeping it!!!
    1625 days ago
    Whoo Hoo!!! Gym, Shmym !! You can do all the exercise you want and need at home and outside. If the gym doesn't inspire or motivate you to workout, what is the point? Your goals are great. Attainable and specific. You are on your way , my friend. Have a great ride. I am also thinking about a bike for the Spring. I now have room for one and where I live now is flat, no big hills, so I could actually get going. Maybe we'll go biking together soon?

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    1625 days ago
    Many a person reaches their goals without a gym membership! I lost 50 lbs and got so much stronger and I just walked each day, hiked occasional weekends and did some ST at home. I do belong to a gym now and use my membership, but mine is only $20 a month for both my daughter and I so it's a little easier to keep up. Good luck! emoticon
    1626 days ago
    There are free exercise video on sparkpeople that you can use too!!
    1626 days ago
    You can definitely continue your journey without a gym membership. I've lost all of the weight that I have without a gym.
    1626 days ago
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