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November 22, 2011


As I walked into my gym last night, for the first time since March, I realized the love/hate relationship I have with it. I completely canceled my membership in March and have loved every (ok, most every) workout since then. Running and biking outside are my favorite things to do…but as the roads ice over as soon as the sun begins to set…I figure that a monthly gym membership through the winter will actually be a cost savings over the broken ankle I’m sure to eventually get trying to run on ice.

Still…paying to workout is just frustrating!

I found myself on this beast, for just over 2 miles, trying to stay positive about my time indoors. I made a list in my head, which seemed to pass at least 5 minutes of my time. Score!

Love the Gym

  • Indoors, it is much less likely that I will fall and hurt myself.
  • I like the availability to jump in on a high intensity fitness class. I know I am much stronger when I spend time at my favorite Butts and Guts class.
  • There are no excuses to not work out. Period. None.
  • There’s a children’s play area where the Bean has some friends. She loves it, and I like being able to have her see mom workout out, or at least having her there with me, knowing why we’re there…which she can’t do on my outdoor runs.
  • Heated bathrooms make me happy!

Hate the Gym

  • Paying to work out is just ridiculous to me. When we have the beautiful outdoors, with its hills to run and trees to stretch against, paying a company to run on a treadmill while being forced to look at 3 T.Vs all tuned to Judge Judy is frustrating!
  • Other Gym members. I’m sorry, but I’m being honest here. While I do have some friends that I like to see at the gym…99% of everyone else drives me crazy. The fashion show, the full-coverage makeup, the cell phones, and the people who are there the entire time I am, but don’t actually do anything but drink protein drinks with their buddies…rawr! I love outdoor runners and bikers. They’re tough, don’t care what other people think, and are working out to feel strong and healthy…not to feel pretty or thin.
  • The treadmill. Boo.

There you have it. Love/Hate. I think it just takes some re-adjusting…mostly of my attitude.

On a totally different note…it’s pie-baking night tonight! Woot woot! Two pumpkins, an apple and a blueberry…I can’t wait for the house to be filled with the smell of fresh pie!

Fresh pie…another reason to love the gym. I guess I can look at the treadmill as a pie negater…and yes, I think I did just make up a word!

Who’s with me on the love/hate relationship with their local gym? I know there are people who run through snow and ice all Winter long…are you one of them?