Joining a Gym: is it worth it?

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I’m thinking about joining a gym again.  I had a membership a few years ago and loved but but after getting pregnant with my third I quit going and ultimately didn’t renew my membership.  Now I’m feeling the itch to get serious about getting in shape again so joining a gym again seems like the obvious choice.  Here is my pros and cons list:

Pros:

  • Childcare!!!
    • This is a big one for me.  It is very difficult to sneak a workout in when you have multiple little ones crawling on you all day.  Plus it would just be nice to have a little break for myself each day.
  • You can comfortably workout in any weather.
  • All the equipment you could ever need.jamie-eason-live-fit
    • Last time around I followed the Jamie Eason’s Live Fit plan and LOVED it.  It centers around weight training but I happen to be one of those weirdos who love cardio so I ended up adding a treadmill session at the end of my workouts.  It was GREAT.
  • Exercise classes of all kinds for variety.
  • Warding off depression. (See: my post from yesterday.)

Cons:

  • The expense.
    • Mostly I worry about wasting money by not using it especially if my kids get sick and we can’t go. (See next issue)
  • Kids potentially getting sick more.
    • It’s a little different this time because my oldest is in elementary school and MM is in preschool but the first time around my kids got sick A LOT.  It’s no fun to have sick kids but them being sick also meant that we couldn’t go to the gym which made me feel like we were wasting our money.
  • You have to drive there.
    • I think this one is mitigated by the fact that I am basically driving to my childcare but it’s still a fact that it’s not completely convenient to have to drive across town to workout.

So what do you think?  Like I said, I’m leaning toward joining but I’d love to hear your feelings on the matter.  Do you have a gym membership?  Why or why not?  Is it worth it?

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Recap of Menu Planning

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(Completely unrelated image of a gorgeous pomegranate I got at my son’s soccer game last week.)

If I’ve learned anything from being a mom it is to be more flexible.  Part of my goal to get healthier has been to cook dinners most nights of the week and the only way I can make this happen is to menu plan.  I know other people who have no problem looking through their pantry and just coming up with something but, for me, I need a plan of action or I’ll just get discouraged and give up.  (read: Taco Bell every night)

The important part this week has been being able to roll with the punches.  I had all kinds of plans and intentions but, as usual, life doesn’t go as planned.

The plan was to trade dinners with my neighbor.  I’d do Tuesday, she’d do Wednesday but my neighbor ended up having unexpected dinner guests Tuesday so I couldn’t do Tuesday.  I had already purchased dinner for two families for Tuesday but the dish ended up being too spicy for my kids.  We didn’t have tortillas and I had planned on making burritos twice this week. Thursday I forgot I had committed to bringing an Indian dish to book club AND had told my grandparents-in-law that I’d bring them Chick-fil-a.  Etc.

So here’s the breakdown between plan and execution:

The Plan:

M-Lentil and Sausage soup with whole wheat, oatmeal muffins

T-Slow Cooker Beef & Chipotle Burritos with Cornbread

W- Neighbor dinner

T- White bean and sausage rigatoni

F- Bean and Cheese burritos

Reality:

M-Lentil and sausage soup with whole wheat/oatmeal muffins

T-Beef and Chipotle “bowls” (too spicy for my kids)

W-Beef Shepherd’s pie (The gravy and potatoes helped cut the spice and this dish was loved by all!)

T-Chana Masala with homemade Naan at book club.  So yummy!

F-Leftovers

Not so bad, right?  I feel like I rolled with the punches and came out (mostly) on top!

Bring on next week.