Back in the late 80s a funny thing happened on the way to the gym…
Compared to now, I did not have much weight to lose at all. Seriously, I think I needed to lose 20 pounds. 20 pounds? I would love to have only 20 pounds to lose. But I digress…
So, my husband and I joined a gym. I worked full-time, but tried to drag myself to the gym several times a week. I started going less and less as I was so tired from working all day. In order to get myself back to the gym, I joined a racquetball league at the gym.
I had played squash in high school and college. Well, the league began and my first opponent was a no-show. In the second round, my next opponent had to withdraw due to a broken wrist. I was beginning to feel guilty about not playing, but I got over it. That ole laziness gene again. By a process of elimination I made it to the final, where unfortunately my opponent showed up. I lost the match, but came away with the second place trophy. I am a little too honest for my own good, so I was unable to tell this story without mentioning my lack of opponents.
Fast forward to 2008, where I am once again a member of gym. I no longer work full-time. I have three kids that I never dreamed of having back in the 80s. I’m still incredibly unmotivated to go to workout. But, I am determined to workout 2 or 3 times per week. Maybe I should look in to a tournament…
we also have a gym membership. i haven’t been in three months. when i joined (in jan) i needed to lose 55lbs. from jan to may i lost 40lbs. now i have lost all motivation. every month when that money comes out i grimace at what a waste of money:) the funny thing is that once i get there, i feel good. i’ll take any break i can get! it’s just getting myself out the door. you’ve motivated me to get back in shape. heart disease is rampant in my family, so i really need to take better care of myself. i’ll commit to asking how you’re doing if you’ll ask how i’m doing! somehow i just can’t lie if someone asks me, even to a stranger on the internet!
The first time I exercised on a regular basis was 5 months after my seconwas born. I was at my heaviest and I hated the way I looked. I went down two dress sizes to a size 12 and my body was toned. Then I got pregnant with #3, had morning sickness the first trimester, and then I broke a bone in my foot. Th went my exercise program.
I’m ready to get back on track. Once I got over how much everything hurt in the beginning and how tired I was, exercisg then became NECESSARY for me. I got to where if I didn’t exercise one day, I was in a foul mood. Exercise was a stress reliever for me and it actually gave me MORE energy. I was working out 5-6 days a week. Sick, huh? But I really enjoyed it- I just had to put myself into a routine of going every day. It didn’t take long to become a routine, especially when you start seeing results!
aybe we can all do it together?
themrs and MommyMo — I am all for the group effect. I need all the motivation I can get. I go to the gym at least twice a week…need to increase to three times. My problem is food. I should eat mini meals…so hard to do since I have hearty appetite. Baby steps…baby bites is more appropriate.