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November 2018

The gym?
November 19, 2018

My husband's been talking about joining one of the local gyms. Specifically, the one with 24hr access. I'm very supportive if it was just him going, but he'll only do it as a team. He says that we need to be doing more than just walking, which I agree with.

But… I am scared of the gym. I feel so fat and out of shape that I would look like a fish out of water just trying to get on the equipment, let alone use them. And I would be self-conscious and feel like anyone there would notice how out of shape I am. Even if we went at a time we didn't think anyone was there, if I saw one stranger, I would freeze (not want to exercise).

Plus, I would need to get gym clothes and shoes that can only be worn at the gym (as they don't want you wearing outside shoes/boots). I hate shopping for any kind of clothes (including shoes).

Also, I came across a saying more than once that says something like "you can't out-exercise a bad diet". So, what use would a gym be if I was still eating too much (crap)? Yes, my diet is not as good as it used to be. I know these are things I need to change. And I try. But I keep slipping back into old habits. I am having trouble trying to be/stay healthy.

Finally, there's the cost of a gym membership. Would we go often enough to be worth the $400+ a year per person (and that's just for access to the gym)? He would like it if we could go every day or close to every day to make it worth it. I don't know if that's possible. I just hope we don't waste money.

Anyway, I'm very anxious about this and want to ask my doctor if she thinks I'm ready for the gym. I know my husband would like to do it while they have a deal going on (where they waive the initiation fee). That would be cool, but can it wave away my fears?

Weighty Issues
by Christine
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