Wow. It’s been a year and a half, and a lot has happened. I bought my first house, got a promotion at work, joined a local indie-rock band, played with a couple of one-off cover bands, and did some recording work with other folks. I’ve also managed to fail to re-establish most (if any) of the healthy habits which I lost track of after running that half-marathon forever ago. So it’s time to try busting some more cycles.
There’s a local gym whose advertisements for a free 6-week challenge I’ve been seeing on the Facebook periodically for a while now. I’ve always shied away from the thought of joining a gym because I just don’t want to deal with all the dude-bros and whatnot but this gym appears to be aimed at nerds, so I figured why not go for it? (It’s right there in the name… the Nerd Gym.) Worst case, it’s not for me but maybe it’ll help kick-start me back into some healthier patterns. If not, I’m only out my time for several weeks. And if trying a gym thing isn’t busting a cycle, I don’t know what is.
So a couple of weeks ago, I saw one of their promos and decided to sign up for it. The first sign-up page looked a little spammy – complete with “results not typical” transformation photos – but I figured I’d go ahead and give it a go. By the third page of the sign-up process they wanted a time when they could talk with me about it, but the orchestra schedule was ramping up and the listed available times didn’t fit with what I could do, so I decided to let it go and maybe try signing up again the next time I saw their promo.
The orchestra’s winter concert cycle wrapped up Saturday night, then I got a text Monday afternoon from the owner of this gym wanting to know if I was still interested in the free 6-week challenge thing. My schedule outside work is about as calm as it’s going to be for a little while so I said, “Sure.” So tonight I’ll be attending an orientation for this challenge at the gym. Here’s hoping good stuff comes of it.
I liked the facility and my first impression of the people was good, but I’ll not be participating in this particular challenge. There was a rather sizeable deposit which while not totally unreasonable, was outside my means just now. Yes, you get it back at the end of the six weeks if you don’t decide to join the gym, or it would get applied to your membership should you decide to stay on. I just don’t have it to spare right now. So I’m just going to have to put on my big boy pants and start exercising like I did four and a half years ago. I know I can do it. I mean, I’ve done it before. I’m just a little bummed at the moment. So it goes.