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I am Worth It!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A few days ago, a post card came in the mail. It was from Planet Fitness advertising a $10/month deal if I signed up before the end of the year. I drive by several of them during my 40 mile commute, but did not otherwise know anything about them. Turns out, there is one very close to my new home AND they have hours that work with my crazy schedule. I've never had a gym membership before - I always knew it would be a waste of money because I would not stick with it.

BF and I went in and signed up after we liked what we saw and heard. They promised the trainer would know how to customize a plan for my special needs. As it turned out, I am not sure he knew what cerebral palsy is....So many machines! A bit intimidating. Not entirely sure how to use all of them, but I must start somewhere.

My initial plan is just to achieve consistency. Whether I am in there for 5 minutes or 30, I am going every day until January 9. I am doing just a few minutes of cardio and strength training - balance. No, I realize I am not pushing myself. That will come later.

Surgery on January 9 with a release back to work no sooner than the 18th. I am actually going to talk with the doctor about my Planet Fitness activity. Before, I would have used the surgery as an excuse to either not start or not to continue....

What is different? I will reach a milestone birthday next year; I am in the autumn of life; I cannot enjoy living, cannot accomplish what I want to do if I don't treat my body better than I have ever done so.

For the first time, I love where I live, I want to put roots in this community and really live, not just exist. That means I must be healthy and capable, staving off infirmity as long as I can.

I am only mildly self-conscious at the gym. Not about my appearance but about my ability. Weight loss will come. It will be a by-product of the cardio, strength training, eating and water actions and choices that I make.

Money is tight, but I am worth $10 a month!
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