DairyFarmersWife's Journal, 17 January 2013

To join or not to join.. that is the question. The company I work for has a gym. Starting the 21st they are beginning a weightloss program with a $10 entry fee. The man and woman who loses the highest percentage of weight from Jan 21st to Mar 1st will split half the entry money. For an additional $30 I can get a 6 week trial membership to the gym and could go workout during my lunchtime.

I've been thinking I would join the gym at some point this year because I don't know when else I will have time to workout. Working out at home is hit or miss depending on who is demanding what. The thing is gyms intimidate the crap out of me. But.. they do have a personal trainer, classes, and lots of equipment. So? Do I suck it up and get over my anxiety? Do I join the weight loss competition. If I get 2nd place I get a free 3 month membership. If I add working out to my already hectic life and eat right I could be a serious competitor.

So how do I get over being a chicken and go? I need workout clothes if I'm going to do this. Working out in a pair of old boxers and a t-shirt probably isn't appropriate gym attire. At least at a gym I should have less of a chance of someone slapping me in the face whenever I do crunches. Hmmmmm...

Diet Calendar Entry for 17 January 2013:
1894 kcal Fat: 127.37g | Prot: 154.21g | Carb: 34.63g.   Breakfast: atkins peanut butter granola bar, atkins shake. Lunch: chicken breast. Dinner: Ground Beef (80% Lean / 20% Fat) , Lettuce. Snacks/Other: Pepperoni, Chocolate Hazelnut Day Break bar, Pepper Jack. more...
on diet Calorie Count  


I know being part of a weight loss challenge has helped motivate me. 
17 Jan 13 by member: skirch97
If you can keep up with it- do it. You may enjoy it! Just get some cheap-o Walmart workout-whatevers.  
17 Jan 13 by member: QuirkyNat
A trial membership - what a perfect time to check it out. And I learned the hard way about the work out gear - go cheap and (big, baggy) comfortable - it is so hard to try to exercise and hold your tummy in at the same time.  
17 Jan 13 by member: BuffyBear
Do it...that's the only time you have to fit a workout in is over lunch. And that is what is working for me, doing my workout at lunch time. And if you workout during your work time, you won't feel guilty when you go home...you'll have done the exercise thing and can spend time with your little man and daughter (and the jealous cow in the barn!!!). 
17 Jan 13 by member: aggie95
Do it! $30 for 6 weeks is a good deal. Just make yourself go, wear headphones with an mp3 player and zone out the rest of the beefcakes. They indimidate me too. But I so buy a CUTE workout outfit. Something you feel good in. I feel lots better in my cute fitted black capris and colorful dry-fit shirts than I do in my old man gym shorts novelty t-shirts. Look the part & act the part. 
17 Jan 13 by member: JessWhatINeeded
I say go for it. If you are like me - you want to get your money's worth. So if I' spend money on a gym, I'm damn sure going to go! The intimidating people really arent. They are just getting their workout on and are always happy to help out anyone who asks. They are normal people that get slapped in the face when they try to work out at home too. :) 
17 Jan 13 by member: tglenna
I got some good workout pants at Walmart (Danskin Now yoga pants - maybe $15?). I started out with a large, but later got a medium because the large got where it was too big. I just wear them and a t-shirt when I go. That's about as "workout clothes" as I'm going to get. I need to get back into going to the gym (which is around the corner from my work and costs just $10/month - seems good, but I might go more often if it cost more). I urge you to do it. You're a winner no matter what happens with the contest. 
17 Jan 13 by member: sw21204
I agree that you should do it if that is the best time of day for you to exercise. Personally, I could not workout during my work day because there is not enough time for me to clean up afterwards and get back to work. As for workout clothes, get something comfortable and inexpensive because when you shrink you will have to replace them. :) 
17 Jan 13 by member: kimjinxie
I say go for it! And I'm with Buffy...loose and comfy is best for the workout gear!  
17 Jan 13 by member: ctlss
I wouldn't go with baggier pants... When I do anything more than walking on the treadmill I have to try and hold mine up since mine are now loose and comfy. I wear a regular t-shirt so its not getting in my way either 
17 Jan 13 by member: iamachristianjesusfreak
DO IT!!!! I was petrified when I started and although I am slowing working on getting the guts to hit the freeweight floor, I can do cardio without a care. Just plug into the music and focus on that. Now I prop up my npook and the time flies and I rarely notice anyone lol.  
18 Jan 13 by member: thynes
And I got my gyn clothes at Walmart too. Just be sure to get the dry weave or whatever shirts. I never wore a reg t-shirt to the gym again lol. Paid something like 8.00 for shirts and 15.00 for yoga pants. 
18 Jan 13 by member: thynes


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