By Lisa Spodak (ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com)
Provided by WorldNow
Week 17 Weigh In:
Change this week: --1.5 lbs.
Change overall: --43 lbs.
On Monday, when my dinner plans with a friend fell through, I found myself spending an extra couple of hours at the gym. And then last night, I left a rowdy group of my friends to get in a session on the treadmill. Tonight I have an appointment with my trainer. And Saturday, I'm taking an urban rebounding (mini-trampolines!) class and an abs class with a friend.
I'm honestly shocked to realize that I have turned into one of those people who go to the gym 3-4 days a week. I should also confess that right now I actually have memberships at three different gyms!
How did this happen??
Going to the gym has not been easy for me. With still around 100 pounds to lose, I'm not in great shape. I don't feel comfortable in gym clothes and the towels in the locker room seem more like washcloths. I'm very self-conscious,easily intimidated and until about a month ago, I hadn't been to a group class in ten years.
I think the key to making the gym become part of your life is finding a gym where you are truly comfortable. Or at least where you can see yourself becoming comfortable. That's why I have the multiple memberships right now - I'm trying out a few different places to see which one best suits me. (And, surprisingly, the one I thought would be the "winner" is not.)
Here are some things to consider when you're looking for a gym:
Of course, joining a gym is only the first step. I can't even count how many months I've paid for gym memberships that went unused. Here are some tips to make the most of your gym membership:
I'm still not 100% comfortable at the gym and forcing myself to go to a place where I feel out of my element will still be a challenge for awhile. But when I look back at where I was in February, I feel a sense of accomplishment from pushing myself and doing something that challenges me on a lot of different levels. And if I'm actually growing to sort of love it a little... all the better!
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