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Do Better, Feel Better

April 9, 2014


A few weeks ago, I mentioned that my focus here was going to shift slightly when I got back from all of my trips. I didn’t mean to hype that up at all, because the shift isn’t as exciting as it may have sounded… it’s just something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, and I know that now is the right time to start taking action on some of those thoughts.

First, let’s backtrack a bit. Two years ago, I said I was done making excuses. After years of carrying more extra weight than I cared to admit (although I did reveal the magic number back then), I finally felt so uncomfortable in my own skin that I had to make a change. Out of nowhere, I went from being a complete couch potato to someone who was up at 5:30 a.m., out the door and at the gym by 6 a.m.

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To Gym or Not to Gym?

November 26, 2012
Winter Run

One of my goals for this month was to join the GoodLife Fitness down the street. Well, I still haven’t done that. And I don’t think I will be joining any gym for a while…

When I started working out earlier this year, it didn’t take long to figure out when the best time for me to workout was: before work. A few days a week, I would wake up at 5:30am, pick up a friend, drive to the gym for 6am and be home by 7am, so I could shower and leave for work at 8am. That might sound crazy to some of you but that’s what worked for me. I’m a morning person – always have been. Even as a teenager, I couldn’t sleep in. And living in a new city hasn’t changed that.

The Problem
Where I’m living right now, I’m currently spending 1.5-2 hours commuting to and from work. By the time I get home, I’m hungry for dinner and I usually have a blog post to write and/or shows I want to watch. What I don’t feel like doing at night is working out. And that should be ok! Because I don’t need to leave until 7:45am, I could definitely wake up early and go to the gym. But, after finding out that GoodLife charges $73/month (advertised as $60/m but is actually $30 + HST bi-weekly), I can’t seem to stomach the idea of paying for a membership (+ enrolment fees).

The Other Problem
Gone are the days of living down the street from a community recreation centre. In my neighbourhood, GoodLife is the cheapest gym I can join. I’ve done a ton of searches, price comparisons, etc. and it’s really my only option. There are slightly cheaper gyms in this city but I would have to commute to them. Without a car – and especially in the cold weather – I know I’d find excuses not to go. The bonus is that joining GoodLife in Toronto means you’re paying for the ability to workout at any location in Canada (and there are plenty to choose from in this city).

The Loophole
I’ve started doing a little apartment hunting online, to get an idea of what prices I can expect to pay in certain areas, and have found that a number of buildings have gyms in them. Now, there’s nothing saying I’ll even end up in a building, but if I do there’s a chance it could have some of the equipment I miss the most (elliptical and treadmill) so I wouldn’t need to join a gym at all. On the other hand, joining a gym could lead to me making a new friend or two. I don’t know that I’m willing to pay $73/month to make a friend but, in general, being an active gym member could help me feel more connected to this city.

The Solution
I don’t have a solution yet. This week, I will probably start doing a couple of the boot camp DVDs I have on my computer at home (free workouts!). I’m also going to research tips for running in the cold weather. And when I go home next month for Christmas, I’m going to visit the GoodLife my mom is a member of and find out what Victoria charges for an all-gym membership. I’m sure it’s the same but it’s worth seeing if there is a price difference because, if there is, I will join with Victoria as my “home gym”.

Now, I have to ask you all something: am I just being cheap? If I worked out 20 times each month, that’s $3.65 per workout. I was working out 18-22 days every month, before I came out here, so it’s not an unrealistic number. And that amount per workout seems ok to me. But it’s hard to imagine paying $73/month for something that I used to only pay $30/month for; especially when I know I will soon be paying more rent than I ever did in Victoria.

What would you do, if you were in my shoes? Buy a one-year gym membership, knowing you could soon be moving into a place that has a gym? Or wait?

Damn you, endorphins, for being so addictive!

July #PFWorkout Update

July 31, 2012

For anyone new to Blonde on a Budget, #pfworkout is a hashtag personal finance bloggers use on Twitter to share exercise, weight loss and healthy living accomplishments. Each month, I set personal goals and post updates on my progress.

My goal for this month was to workout 5 days/week and, for once, I actually made this happen! While one week I only worked out 4 times, all the other weeks had 5 or 6 workouts pencilled on the calendar. And I have definitely seen some results.

This month, I:

  • worked out 22 times in 19 days (including today)
  • ate an average of 1415.7 calories each day (tracked on LoseIt!)
  • lost 3.2 lbs.
  • lost 2″ (including an entire inch off my waist)

Adding my previous numbers, I’m down a total of 18.2 lbs. and 12 inches. And do you know what that means? I’m officially in the 180’s! I had to retire my first workout shirt, because it’s way too big now, and am close to throwing in the towel on my one and only pair of Lululemon capris. If I have to pull them up during one more run, my workout buddy might witness a mini freakout.

So, what’s in store for August? I’m just going to stay on track with what I was doing this month and hopefully I will see my total loss reach 20 lbs. August 28th marks 6 months of #pfworkouts and I’d love to celebrate with a 21 lb. loss.

What #pfworkout updates are you most proud from this month? Haven’t used the hashtag yet? Join in anytime!