Work it Out
Sep 14, 2015
Lovely Husband and I are facing a dilemma. The rate at which our waists are being whittled has slowed down. The numbers on the scales are still going down, just not quite as quickly as previously. We both know that some of this can be explained by the fact that our bodies are aware of the fact that we are “weight loss mode” and it seems that mysterious thing known as metabolism has definitely slowed down. I also know that upping our exercise will probably see the weight loss rate improve because although we both do some exercise… if we did a spot of strategic time management, we could find time to do more.
However, I have to confess that exercise is the part of our “diet, fitness and general well-being project” that causes the most “headspace” issues for both of us. Neither of us are naturally enthusiastic about exercise. We both struggled to find things that we enjoyed which would burn the calories. I have my rebounder and my set of steppers and a couple of fun workout DVDs for that; LH has a weights-based workout, and we both enjoy our daily constitutionals (some days at a much brisker pace than others) – but we both know we need to “up our exercise”.
Many years ago we joined a gym. We joined the gym. We did not “use” the gym. We went for about a month (having paid for a whole year’s membership) but the “induction” was rushed and hurried and although a “personal trainer” was available.. we discovered that if you wanted the “personal programme” then considerably more cold hard cash needed to be parted with to turn our (not inexpensive) “Gold” membership to the hand-holding; we-will-push-people-off-the-equipment –if-you-need-to-use-it “Platinum” membership.
I also suffered the headspace issue of feeling even more hefty and lumpy when surrounded by what could only be described as “serious gym bunnies” in their expensive “professional” gym-wear, lifting weights of considerable measure or pedalling for a long time and speeds that made the pedals blur… whilst I was struggling with the most basic of settings on the rowing machine in my baggy black jogger-bottoms and equally baggy black t-shirt, with sweat pouring from my skin and a redness of face that could only be described as “nuclear”.
It also didn’t help that there was very little parking available and the easiest thing to do was park the car at home and walk to the gym. Unfortunately I would arrive home, park my car and decide that the comfort of my living room and a soothing cup of tea was actually a far more appealing option… and once my key was in the front door… all hope of making it to the gym that day would evaporate.
However. We have both decided that we need to up our game. We did consider taking up squash – but the class times for beginners do not fit into the hours we need to earn the pennies to pay the mortgage. I did go along to a local netball club (that and tennis being the two sports I had to do school that came anywhere close to being “enjoyable”) but my five-feet-two;somewhat-on-the-heavy-side; mid-forties frame was horribly out of place amongst the twenty-something at-least-five-feet-nine slender members of the club and so I never returned.
So… Lovely Husband and I decided that perhaps we should seriously reconsider joining the gym. We sat in front of the computer and clicked and pointed on all the options available. The first thing we remarked on was the monthly cost. Because we are not able to use the gym during “office hours” we couldn’t take advantage of “off peak” discounts; distance and parking facilities were not always compatible; and the “hidden extras” made a considerable difference. One of the less expensive (though still slightly eye-watering) monthly fees suddenly increased at an astonishing rate when we realised that we had to pay extra for the “induction” (three sessions of 20 minutes costing an additional £45) and the discovery that if we did want to head along to any of the classes or use the swimming pool, then an additional £15 a month was required…
I sat with my calculator doing the math and working out if we had enough spare cash left over each month to cover the costs for both of us. We enquired about the possibility of “buy-one-get-one-free” or “second-person-half-price” offers with many of the gyms in the area and received a flat and very firm “No” in all cases. We then did a “fake” application using my sister-in-law as an example – who is able to use the gym once the children have been dropped off at school.. and the reduction in the cost was dramatic…
We are still debating the issue. We like the idea of doing something together. The variety of equipment available at the gym means (once we have benefitted from the costly induction) we would be able to vary our workouts and target any and all problem areas. There would be experts on hand to help if we do get into difficulties (overdoing it with weights is a potential hazard for Lovely Husband) and it would be something we could encourage one another to do. The fear is that we will be fired up with enthusiasm as the “sales person” goes through their “pitch”; we would hand over cold hard debit cards and pay for an entire year; and then, as previously, dark winter nights and the lure of the open fire and a good book means that all our good intentions to work up a sweat with the weights come to nothing…
We haven’t make any decisions yet.. but I know we’ll work it out…
Have a great weekend.
With a hug