If This Were Easy…


General Update and Whininess

Filed under: health — Easy @ 8:31 pm

So, I didn’t gain any weight while I was in California. I think we can all agree on ‘Go, me!’ over that. I didn’t lose any, either, but that was never going to happen.

The ongoing saga of aquafit now sits at this:

— Aquafit instructor constantly late, wants to move class to later. Boo!
— New Aquafit class added on Wednesday, and given to tardy instructor, thus getting her out of my schedule, since I train on Wednesdays anyway. Yay!
— New Aquafit class on Wednesday cancelled, thus returning tardy instructor to Thursdays. Boo!
— Pool is being closed entirely and permanently effective December 15th. OMGWTFBBQ!

I am not okay with this. I spend 4 days a week in the pool — 3 aquafit classes, 1 day of swimming. And the one day of swimming is the only exercise I get that I actually enjoy.

I am going to try to void my contract over this, but then the problem becomes where do I go from here? There are other gyms in this area that have pools, but I’m rapidly running out of time to sign 1 year gym contracts, given that about a year from now, I plan to be living a hell of a long way from here. I also have 30-some-odd personal training sessions left that I’ve pre-paid for at this gym, and much as I rag on her a bit, I like my trainer, and I don’t particularly want to go find someone else.

I’m finding this really, really hard to take. Like, spent most of today’s aquafit class trying not to cry hard to take. It’s really not been easy for me to make working out part of my life, and I’m not sure my commitment will survive this.


1 Comment »

  1. From my previous postings, you know that I can relate to your upset reaction. But here’s a quick non-emotional analysis. Two points:

    1) You’re very intelligent and resourceful. Those are old facts.

    2) And you’re being very dedicated and disciplined on this health regimen. That’s a new fact.

    You need to hook up #2 to #1. I know it feels all fresh and shaky. But it’s possible.

    And I’d suggest you make a radical shift in your thinking about one aspect: expense. My suggestion is that you absolutely throw money, sink money, lose money, fling money, wipe money all over this problem. Because if you allow this to derail you, your health and your life will be in danger. And your health and your life are worth way way more than your savings.

    If you can fight the gym for a refund without derailing, great. Otherwise LOSE the money and don’t look back. And go to another gym and sign on for a year even if you only use 7 months. Lose that money too. Do what you need to do to keep this trainer. Buy more sessions with him. Lose money on that, as well.

    Jacquilynne, if you keep up this regimen, the happiness, health, and satisfaction will be so tremendous you won’t miss the money. Can you IMAGINE in your wildest dreams one day telling people “Yeah, I lost a ton of weight and feel terrific, but, shoot, I blew a couple thousand dollars on gyms, and I’m just not sure it was worth it”? The alternative is to be financially prudent and biologically precarious (and, presumably, anguished about that).

    Fling money. Drain your bank account. Smooth the way. Overpay. Do it. Put every dollar you have into this. I doubt it’ll really take that, but even if it does, that’s ok.

    Consider me the voice of Christmas Future, showing you your thin, healthy self, remembering all this and smacking her forehead at the thought that mere money nearly got in the way of doing what you needed to do.

    Comment by Jim Leff — 2009-11-03 @ 11:35 pm

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