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... I joined a gym. Good lord. O_O What was I thiiiiiiiiinking? Now I'll have to actually, like, *GO*.

(yes, yes, I was "thinking" that I need the exercise, like, a lot. but it still doesn't seem real.)



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Dec. 7th, 2007 03:48 am (UTC)
I am thinking... that you are crazy.

Then again, I am happy to be a wafflefanny, and deeply reluctant to sweat in public.
Dec. 7th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
*eyes you* Believe me, I would totally slack off and not exercise much at all (except in voluntary "fun" ways like kayaking) if I didn't feel I had to. I spent a good portion of my life like that. It's pretty much a combination of weight issues and worrying-about-heart issues that's getting me off my butt about this at all.

I have some of the self-consciousness problems, granted. But I'll just wear loose clothing and listen to my iPod and ignore everyone. (Or watch TV. Apparently the latest thing in gym exercise equipment is providing every treadmill or bike with its own tv screen, into which you can plug your headphones; I guess I might wind up seeing what they have to offer, anyway.) I noticed a lot of people doing that. I also noticed some other women who were more my shape in there, which was nice.
Dec. 7th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
This is the wrong week to say anything like this to me, because between the sick and the snow, I've been a lump. But hey, you should see if it works. I've found that for me, it doesn't, but you should find that out for yourself, yes, GO FOR IT. ::thumbs up, and all that::
Dec. 7th, 2007 04:10 am (UTC)
Well, I'm HOPING it will work. (I've actually been meaning to do this for a couple of months now, and tonight was the night I actually made myself stop in on my way home from work.) Telling people I'm doing it is a step in the right direction.

The thing is, I belonged to a gym once before, and that didn't really work. That was a decade ago, though. And the problem was... well, first, it was cramped and there were never enough machines. And second, I was dependent on someone else for a ride to/from, so I couldn't blow it off if I wanted to and I couldn't leave when I wanted to. And the locker room and other bits of it kind of icked me, plus, it was all kind of claustrophobic.

But let's be honest -- the "doing it on my own" thing is not working out either. It was okay (but not perfect) in warmer months, but now that's out the window. I've proven to myself twice that if I get equipment for home, I won't persist in using it.

I went into the place today, and it has the advantage that there's a huge number of each of the most popular machines. I was there at a "busy" time but there were plenty of machines available. It's in a warehouse-like building in one really gigantic room -- no claustrophobia problems! And the locker rooms were fine, esp. since I don't see myself bothering to shower *there*. (It doesn't have a pool, which on the one hand is a bummer and on the other hand means there's less dampness and ickiness.)

So... we'll see. At the moment, anyway, I like the idea of being able to go in, work out on the pieces I want to, and then leave as soon as I want. The trick is going to be persisting with it. But a combination of age and heart and weight factors means that I have got to do *something*.
Dec. 7th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Go you! *hugs*
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Gosh, I hope this works out...
Dec. 7th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
You're very brave to even sign up. I have a horror of working out in front of people. Meep.
Dec. 7th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Where'd you join?
Are you coming to movie night tonight?
How many other random questions can I ask you?
And good job!
Apparently the answer to the last question is 3.
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
In reverse order:

No, not coming to movie night tonight. :(

I joined Workout World (WOW), which is over near the Stop 'n Shop in Waltham. Or, to put it another way, it's cattycorner from the bottom end of Gore Place. Basically, if you dropped down to the bottom of your street and went right on Calvary, and when that ended turned left, and at the light went straight through, you'd be driving alongside these long giant old factory-type buildings. When the building on the left ends towards the end of that block, there's a giant parking lot. And the place is in there.

To my admittedly uninformed eyes, they seemed to have good, new-looking equipment, and a LOT of it. I'm mostly interested in the treadmills and ski machines and bikes, at the moment, but they have a ton of nautilis type equipment for every conceivable body-part, which I can see myself trying eventually. It'll be interesting to see what turns out to be the best times to go.
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:59 pm (UTC)
Aw, nertz. :( Oh well, maybe next time.

Oh yeah, I know where that is. Cool. Good luck!
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Go! You!

Let me know what level of nagging you prefer from me:

1) Constant, annoying, straining friendship
2) Occasional check in, like monthly
3) Occasional check in, like when we remember
4) Shouting "Go! You!" whenever you mention it
5) Never mentioning your membership, but constantly going on about mine.
6) Never mentioning exercise again.

I think level 5 may be the minimum as long as you stay subscribed to my journal. ;-) Level 2 could be useful, especially in getting you to go during the bad times. Which, pretty much all winter is, it being COLD and JUNK.

Do note, and do not let it discourage you: the gym will be crazy all of January and into mid February. On the plus side, there will be many people there you can feel better than, especially when they start dropping out and you don't.

Also: Go! You!
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
#2, probably. :) #4 isn't bad, either.

Today I obtained sweat pants that I can actually work out in. I also tried to obtain an armband for my iPod, and earphones. I think I foresee a trip to the Sports Authority soon. :P The earphones thing is gettin' me down. I bought a pair of cheapie ones (maybe that was the first mistake) at the Coop, but they do not perform as advertised -- the wrappy thing doesn't actually wrap around my ear securely. I don't see how I can buy these things without TRYING them first to see if they work. Grr.
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Earbuds were the fix for me, but I understand they aren't for everyone. I also had to learn to put the cord around the back of my neck, for working out. The sad thing is that with the personal trainer now, I can't wear headphones.

I *just* got back from returning a pair of sweat pants to City Sports around the corner. I tried on five pairs, but couldn't find a version long enough to replace the ones that were too short. So I'll be going to City Sports, Sports Authority, etc. until I find the ones all those tall basketball players are buying. They must be *somewhere*.
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
We probably missed each other by minutes, then. ;-) I went to City Sports to grab sweatpants. Tried on three pairs. Sizing is SUCH a lie.

I may be giving the earbuds a shot before panicking. I don't know. Sometimes they're okay, sometimes not. I find that when I'm running, I'm constantly adjusting them as I feel like they're falling out. But maybe a lot of what I'm going to be trying to do won't be so jouncy and that won't be such an issue.
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
It was putting the cord behind my neck that stopped them from "jouncing" out. It's gross, but the cord sticks better to your neck, so it doesn't pull down. But it gets a little sweaty gross after a few...

Dec. 7th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I echo my_tallest here, in every respect, including the check-ins if you wish and the superiority feeling that comes with outlasting the New Year's resolvers. I've found that belonging to a local gym (where, yes, I do NOT have to shower there when I'm done) definitely works for me, at least. And yes, the machines with individual TV screens are All The Rage right now. Sometimes I use 'em, sometimes not.

Yaaaay you!! *cheers madly*
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
I'm interested to see what the options are for the tv thingies. What I actually *saw* on the one he demonstrated to me was the Weather Channel, which granted, I can sometimes become mesmerized by, but I don't know that it's going to do the trick. I'm picky about what I watch, though, and I just don't see them having the kind of stuff that would actually distract me. But what the hell, that's what iPods are for... (now if I can only solve the technology problems associated with that...)
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:12 am (UTC)
So, how's the gym going? *sits down to hear more*
Dec. 17th, 2007 02:20 am (UTC)
Well, dude -- I think I posted an updated entry about going for the first time on the next Saturday and trying it out.

I haven't been since, though. Because the next time I was going to go was the following Tuesday -- but Monday was when I fell on the ice and hurt myself so badly. I felt that I ought to let the bruises settle before I went back.

Thursday, of course, instead of going to the gym, I walked for 40 minutes IN THE SNOW (good for the thighs, don't'cha know), and then shovelled for a half hour. :P That pretty much obviates the need for going to the gym. Saturday: was out all day, and spent nearly 1 hour snowshoeing (uphill, even!); I think that's a reasonable substitute. Today: an hour's worth of shovelling, and I couldn't have moved the car anyway.

Ahem. So, right now I am thinking I'll definitely go back on Tuesday. *cross fingers that I don't FALL again on all the ice we expect to have*
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