You ever secure a gym membership, go for a few weeks, and then all of a sudden life happens and you forget about your gym membership entirely? I mean, forgetting about it so heavy that the gym membership manager sends out that auto-generated email when you’ve missed X amount of days or months consecutively telling you they understand how hard life can be sometimes? No? Oh. Just me then.

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I spend about $50/month for gym membership access to about 15 gyms including child care and classes and I rarely scanned my card. I remember the last time I visited the gym — it was right before the final days of me closing on my home and I needed to work my anxiety out. Then I closed, started maintenance outside in the yard, hurt my back, found out I had a herniated disk, then I was diagnosed with sciatica — which is very painful by the way — started therapy and thoughts of the gym became distant to me.

Now that the sciatica is gone, it’s hard carving out the time. I don’t plan on giving up my membership because my children and I really benefit from their summer programs as well as the indoor and outdoor pools. But I am trying. And no matter how much I joke around saying that I’m in the gym because of Cabo, (although my 2nd deposit was due today) that’s really not the case. I’m there because the differences in my stamina, my mood, and my health overall has been and is constantly being affected. And before my body and metabolism say Bye Felicia, or to hell with me and completely do their own thing, I need to regain all control. Most importantly, this includes my food intake.

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So here I am, weighing in at 186 lbs.. welcome to my Get Fit Journey. I’m on this journey to drop about 10-15 pounds, but more importantly, to be much more keen when it comes to my body and my health. I won’t have a post every week, but I’ll try to remember to check in about once a month, most likely towards to the end of the month to post my progress. In the meantime, give your girl a virtual high five and send some blessings for determination and discipline. I need them.

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10 Comments
  1. Cece

    February 25, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Well, you gotta start somewhere and starting is usually the hardest part. When I’m working out I do think about being in a bikini this summer! But I also try to think about how it’s also just an amazing thing to do for my health.
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    1. Rae

      February 28, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      I think that’s what’s keeping me focused — knowing that I’m bettering myself and my health.

  2. Daenel T.

    February 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Hey, Rae. OK, I’ll do this with you. I don’t have a gym membership {I seriously just cancelled it at the beginning of the month, my money was going there more often than I was}, but I’m creating a home gym at, well, home. We can do this! I’ll post the numbers and the picture when I get home.

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    1. Rae

      February 28, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      *fist bump*

      We’ve got this girly. I’m cheering you on all the way over here. I keep my membership because I get a really good deal through my work and because of the access to the pools (and because I don’t want to put one in my backyard $$$), but I do have a few pieces of workout gear here (weights, jump rope, and the trampoline). I’m guessing that’ll do for now.

  3. Law_Fal

    February 26, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    At this point I’m so damn trifling I’m ridiculous. I have a damn gym in my apartment complex and have yet to go. Don’t even get me started on memberships. Life is tiresome. I wish I was like those wake up at 4am and still have energy after work to do anything but pass out instead of working out folks. I just am not. I hate working out. But at 34 going on 65, I know I need to get my ish together. I’m hoping March will spark some motivation. I would like to be in Puerto Rico scantily clad but at this rate I’m a be packing my duster. Good luck honey!!!! You need to be my accountability partner!

    1. Rae

      February 28, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Ok girl.. I really had to compose myself before I could reply. I think your comment was so hilarious because I can totally relate. I wish I was one of those people too and to be honest, I think I can be if I train my body to do so. I used to get up REALLY early in the morning to just enjoy the quietness before I had to round up the gang to get them ready and out the door for 7:30AM.

      As for me and Cabo, I packed cover ups and monokinis if a miracle doesn’t happen in 24 days. Kmsl! But, I am going to go extra hard until it’s time to go.

      And I’m soooo gonna be your accountability partner. Get ready boo!

  4. Jade Rachel

    February 27, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Good luck. Getting started and finding a routine is always the hardest but you sound pretty determined to get going.
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    1. Rae

      February 28, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      It was.. and it still is to be honest. Some days I just don’t have the motivation and then other days I can’t wait to get there. But yes, I am definitely determined.

  5. Kylie

    April 28, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Hi, Rae, Why not try working out at home…….all you need is a yoga mat some free weights and a good youtube workout video. I hate the gym but I’m lucky enough to have a yoga studio in my condo! Thanks for sharing!
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