My 30th birthday is fast approaching and though I am super excited (call me weird?) I also feel like I need to close some things out before finishing this decade of my life. One of them being the approximately 15 pounds I’d like to leave in my 20’s. While 15 pounds may not seem like a lot, I’m a small person so I can’t exactly hide my extra weight.
I gained more weight that I was comfortable with in my pregnancy. It started very slow then it seemed all I would need to do was think about food and I would gain weight. I gained about 33 pounds with my pregnancy, all of which I have lost but I was trying to lose 15 to 20 pounds when I found out I was pregnant so now is the time to finally lose them (two years postpartum…).
I’ve always been a casual runner taking it up and putting it down all the time. I enjoy it, when I want to do it. Probably three months of the year I’ll go for runs, usually late September until Christmas time. This helps me take advantage of free fitness. I’ve tried, really tried but I HATE running in the snow/winter/super cold. Loading myself in winter running gear and going outside is not my idea of a good time. Same with summer. I hate running in heat and humidity so if I want to do it these times of year I stick to the treadmill. Though I enjoy running in moments it’s not something I enjoy year-round.
I consider my daily life fairly active which is how I’ve been able to eat what I want for the most part and maintain my weight (and trust me, I indulge). I need to really step it up if I’m going to lose the weight though. My diet is well controlled and from years of following what I eat I know what I can and can’t do to lose the weight I need to up my exercise regime.
I initially was reluctant to look into a gym membership for a lot of different reasons but an opportunity came up to join a local chain for 60% off via my professional association. I decided I was worth the $30 per month and signed up for a three month period. The membership expires the week of my 30th birthday when I hope to report that I’ll be down the 15 intended pounds. If I stick with it in the next three months and get a good groove going I will resign for the year.
Though we’re working towards some pretty lofty financial goals I really hope we don’t miss the $30 per month. Given that this is an unnecessary item in our budget I feel like that is incentive enough to make sure I get my money’s worth out of it, I hate wasting money especially when I have important goals to reach.
Do you have a gym membership? Do you use it or find it to be a waste of money?