Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I *actually* went to the gym TWO days in a row!

So I felt really good after going to the gym yesterday and got a lift from it. Sooo...what did I do today after work? I went to the gym again! Yay me. And I felt great after my workout tonight. Tired and hungry but also relaxed and content. I don't always get to that sweet spot after a workout. Often I'm just annoyed and not loving it.

What really surprised me was that I had the energy to go and was motivated. Not super hyped up, but i wanted to do it, wasn't dragging myself. Where's all this energy coming from? Normally after a day full of meetings (literally 10am to 3pm), the last thing I would do would be go to the gym. I barely even had to talk myself into it!

Another motivator, the gym I joined is expensive, so in this case, what I'm paying has been another extra motivation TO GO!

When I lost 100 pounds about 10 years ago (and of course gained back), I had joined Healthworks in Boston. (Shocks me that it's been that long!) I LOVED that chain and was so loyal. It was an all-women gym, was super clean, had great equipment, a juice bar, and a hot tub. The whole changing area was a spa-like environment with fresh flowers all of the time. My favorite though was the elaborate stretching area they had with all these different contraptions including a big spider wall type thing to help you get a really good stretch!

I have a business trip to Boston in March and I should totally get a day pass just to go and have that experience again!

Anyway, my point is that I kept thinking that if I joined a gym I felt pampered by, I'd *want* to go to the gym. Or at least not hate it. So I put down a pretty penny to join the Eastern Athletic gym in Tribeca. I just wish it was all female. I think I saw a former male work colleague there tonight and wasn't loving that. Someone I don't know well enough to say hi to but awkward enough to make me want to avoid him.

Anyway, enough rambling. My goal is to go to the gym 3 to 5 times a week. I'm planning on having your guys hold me accountable for that! ;) (gulp!)


  1. Congrats on hitting the new weight category, Awesome. Don't overdo it, though - keep to a realistic goal of 3x/week. I know you know this, but if you overdo it, or set too high expectations, you could burn out. But keep it up! I loved Healthworks. I went to the one in Back Bay for a while - maybe I bumped into you there before we even met. ; )
    and I say keep applauding every pound. I remember picking up a 5lb weight at the gym after my first loss and thinking that's a lot of weight to lose! So keep rewarding yourself for every little bit.
    Sounds like it's time to see a tailor and/or buy some new pants!

  2. Really, you think 5x a week is too much? Ok, how's about 3x at the gym and at least 2 looooong dog walks for that extra exercise. Not that they wont get walks the other days just not crazy long ones. Also, I did go to the Back Bay Healthworks a couple of times from work, but mostly I went to the BU one on the way home. I totally miss it.

    And yes, now I really need to go buy some new pants!