Good morning Loves. Last week I decided I wanted to join a gym. On the last visit with my family doctor he told me that I should lose weight. I know I’m not skinny and I’ve always wanted to be thin, but having your doctor tell you to lose weight for medical reasons puts healthy living on an entire new level.
If your doctor says it you have to do it
My immediate thought was to console myself in some raw cookie dough, but then I thought….HHHMMM better not. I immediately called a gym near my home and booked a consultation with a free one week pass to try out the facilities. I decided to go to a well known gym chain because the monthly fee is around $45 and it includes unlimited classes as well as free use of all facilities; the only downside is members have to make a one year commitment and I’m not so good with the long term dedication . Memberships to private gyms are offered on a monthly basis but the fee is much higher being anywhere between $80 to $120. YIKES! I know it’s for the greater good but that’s a lot of money I just can’t afford right now.
My body is changing, but not for the better
I’m not sure what’s going on with my body at 34 years old but it feels like every single day I’m gaining weight. My eating habits admittedly aren’t very healthy but they haven’t changed drastically over the last couple of years. I am not as active as I used to be but I do still walk to and from work every day. My sister says that worrying about being fat is stressful and stress causes people to gain weight. That may be true but can it make you gain 30 pounds? That’s how much weight I need to lose. Actually as of last night 34 pounds. My weight can fluctuate anywhere between 2 and 5 pounds a day.
I definitely need help, but can’t afford it
I decided I can’t do it alone. I need help to lose weight because I don’t have the discipline to motivate myself to workout (even though doctors orders should be motivation enough) so I decided to join a gym. However when I told BF he convinced me that we shouldn’t be spending an extra $45 per month with our new more expensive rent and variable hydro bill every month. I have to say deep down I agree.
So I lay in bed Sunday night thinking about what I can do to improve my health, lose weight and for the first time in my life start feeling good about myself. I printed off a meal plan, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to stick to it. Technically I don’t need to join a gym because as BF reminded me we have a big apartment with lots of space to move around. I, like everyone else in the world who has ever tried to lose weight, have at least a dozen workout DVDs at home. I can work out at home with my Biggest Loser DVDs and my Yoga DVDs, but is that enough to lose weight?
So here’s my plea. I want to lose weight and I need your help.
What’s your best workout/eating healthy/motivation tip?
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