Guess what, bloggies! I joined a gym. *booty dance* Now, the hard part will actually be forcing myself to go. You know how some people just have that athletic grace, the natural inclination to love sweat dripping down their face and the endorphins of a good, ass-kickin’ work out? I don’t. I’d rather sit on my butt, eat, or surf the internet (don’t get me started on StumbleUpon).
After work, I cruised over to the local Curves. The owner was super nice, genuine and told me it was a family owned business. However, the location was sketchy, the hours sucked for a full-time student/employee (They close at 8 pm and aren’t open on Sundays). Plus, the price, while average ($38) did not include classes, a locker room, or any perks. So, I drove my fab little Fit to Northridge and checked out Total Woman. My first reaction was “Wow”. This place is like a ritzy mall in the burbs – filled with granite counters, yummy-smelling things and large potted plants. You know, it just seemed classy. I was taken on a tour by a somewhat pushy marketing manager, and from there, proceeded to negotiate and hem and haw for an hour before making a decision. (It was pretty much like buying a car. Not the most pleasant experience, but it must be done….)
This place has a beautiful jacuzzi, steam room, dry sauna and over 25 free classes a week. It’s open late on week nights, early on mornings, and open both weekend days. It’s women only, and there were fat women working out! Seeing my fellow full-figured ladies instantly set me at ease. They also have a full cardio area, weights area, and a full-service spa. I negotiated a free massage, and for an extra three months to be added to the price of a one year contract. It’s frightening paying up front for a gym membership because you hear so many horror stories, but I did the math and it works out to about $33 a month, cheaper than Curves, and in a beautiful, clean, safe location. 15 months also freaks me out because now I really have to DO this, and use the membership – but that’s kind of the point, right? And I get free massages! Woohoo!
It’s an investment, right? Just as my car was an “investment”, I know that this is the ultimate investment for my future – to make a promise to myself that I won’t have to worry about my blood pressure, that my body will be limber and strong, that when I want to have kids (not for a LOOOOOONG time, mom, don’t get excited) I won’t have to drop a ton of weight first, and that I can still enjoy yummy things without the constant weight gain I’ve experienced lately.
So yes – feeling optimistic, and it’s not even 2011. I’ll go workout for the first time tomorrow – wish me luck! (PS: Before I went in, I asked two sweaty women leaving if they liked the facility, and both women had nothing but praise for it. I’ll take a firsthand review over some sleazy corporate marketing plan any day!) What are your goals for 2011, and have you gotten a head start on any of them?