So…I Joined A Gym

Ever since Little Miss was born, I’ve struggled with finding time to work out. It’s not just a lack of time – it’s honestly a lack of effort. I have lost the “wannabe” part of me when it comes to being an athlete.

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The ironic part is that I actually weigh less now than I did before I had kids. But that just goes to show that the scale doesn’t always reflect health. I might weight less, but I also have way less strength, way less endurance and overall, way less fitness.

I keep thinking I need to start working out…but it never really materializes. Or it does for a day or two and then…I’m over it.

But a few weeks ago, a lady I know came up to me at a networking dinner and patted my stomach because SHE THOUGHT I WAS PREGNANT.

I’m not.

Talk about a wake up call. Before having kids, I had a pretty strong core. No more. It’s just a bunch of squish now.

So what did I do? After texting my best friends about my recent mortifying experience, I looked up the summer membership at my YMCA. And I signed up.

My membership starts tomorrow and runs through the end of August. I scheduled a gym orientation for tomorrow – I’ll let you know how it goes.

Other than that, I have no idea what I’m going to do. There are some group classes I want to check out, but I really want to do some strength training.

My husband thinks I’ll go for two weeks and then give up. I’m determined to prove him wrong, but I need your help!

Have you followed a strength training plan? Links and suggestions are greatly appreciated! 

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6 Responses to So…I Joined A Gym

  1. Monica

    I feel the same way! I have been blaming the cold and snowy winter but am making some May-resolutions now that I don’t have any more excuses!

  2. Niki

    I completely understand where you are coming from. Before having my 2 children I use to do yoga, pilates..you name it..I enjoyed doing it and even got certified in fitness. After I had my daughter, I lost a lot of weight and thought meh, no need to work out. Then I had my son..and while it was in the back of my mind I needed to do something about the squishiness that seemed to be overtaking.. I just flat out was not that interested. I was/am exhausted at the end of the day and the last thing I want to do is move around. But like you someone came up to me and asked me if I was pregnant..actually they didn’t just come up.. they saw me, and made a mad dash/run across the room with this excited look on their face and asked me when I was going to be due. Um.. MORTIFIED. So since that day I’ve been slowly working my way back to working out. Even those days when I lose interest I do it, because when I look back from when I started to now..I see a difference, small but it’s there and it motivates me to keep going. So no worries..I think joining the YMCA is awesome and once you get into the groove of it.. you’ll stick it out. Because let’s face it…feeling strong and being able to being able to chase your suicidal dog around the neighbor without feeling like you’re going to die yourself.. beats those workout blues anyday.

  3. You can totally do it! The Nike Training Club App has some really great strength training workouts that you might like.

  4. Yikes! I can’t believe someone could be that clueless, how rude. Glad to hear you’re trying to shake it up :) Good luck!

  5. Ara

    I haven’t been as good at strength training as I used to be, but when I did have my personal trainer he set me up on an awesome plan! It literally only takes about 35-45 minutes, depending on how busy the gym is. I’m actually going to school right now to become an NSCA certified personal trainer & the class I’m in is learning to write workouts for people. :) I’ve only been to the class 2 times, but if you want me to share info I learn, I’d be more than happy to.

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