So I joined a gym

That’s really not a subject line I ever seriously expected to use.  Especially this time of year, as I really don’t want to be lumped in with those “resolution people”.  But my friends on my r/loseit winter challenge team encouraged me to give it a go since I’d mentioned thinking about it.

And why was I thinking about it?  Because I just can’t seem to get my ass in gear to use my DVDs any more.  Now that running has replaced my P90 cardio workouts, I just can’t seem to bother with the P90 strength workouts even though I know that it’s important to keep up with strength training.  If I’m not going to use the tools I have, then I need to look at new tools.  So after lunch today I went over to my local Planet Fitness to check things out.  I chose them because they’re maybe a mile and a half away from my house and are not terribly out of my way home from work.

And now I have a gym membership.  I opted for the slightly more expensive “black card” because it offers some more personalized training options which I think will be helpful – at least as I get started since I’ve never used a gym before.  I’ve booked an orientation session followed by a “help me build my workout” session for tomorrow night, so this may be a thing now.  At least, I’m going to try to make it a thing for the next month for sure, since I’m already paying for that much.

In other news, I was really hoping to hit the 60lb lost mark before Christmas.  I was a tenth of a pound away on my last morning before heading out of town to visit family.  (I did re-weigh right after my run that day out of sheer curiosity and was two tenths of a pound below that mark, but I didn’t count it since that was really just sweat loss.)  Then of course my weight bounced back up a few pounds with holiday indulgences.  I’m well aware that it’s mostly water weight which will fall off as I get back into my usual dietary patterns.  It was just kind of a bummer to not quite make that mini-goal.

The holidays were lovely, even if I did close out my visit with family by coming down with a bit of a cold.  It’s back to work tomorrow, which does not excite me.  Also, rehearsals for the next orchestra cycle start up Friday night, so these next couple of weeks will be busy ones.  Though I’m kind of excited to try on my tux again.  I’m hoping I’ll fit back into my vest and not have to use that stupid cummerbund any more.  We’ll see.

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