On becoming a Gym Rat

Wow. Well, I never thought this would happen, but as of this past Wednesday, I’ve actually got TWO gym memberships, simultaneously!

In addition to my on-again, off-again recurring 24 Hour Fitness membership (it’s all about the POOL, people!!), I’ve just signed up with Anytime Fitness for a year.

And THAT one, my friends, is all about …


Yes, Anytime Fitness has beautiful new equipment. And yes, it’s in a super-convenient location: just down the street from the Ralph’s, the train depot, and of course, the chili cheese dog place.

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And YouTube is currently the only place I can watch my all-time favorite sitcom, “Canada’s Seinfeld” … er, “Corner Gas“!

So now, I can walk or cycle while enjoying the exploits of Brent, Lacey, Hank, Emma, Oscar, Davis, Karen, Wanda and, of course, Mayor Fitzy!


Of course, they have no idea that was the main selling point. And unless they read my blog, they never will! Bwah hah hahhhh!!

Anyway, as I said, I’m not ready to give up on good ol’ 24 Hour Fitness just yet, because:


Worst case scenario, I’ll just sit back and enjoy the view.


(And that’s authentic!)


Friday Five: At Long Last, Pros of Gym Membership!

Sorry for the delay, folks. I know I’ve procrastinated quite a bit on getting you these pros of keeping my gym membership. And this morning, I was a bit torn: write my blog, or huddle in the La-Z-Boy recliner, sipping hot coffee and staring in amazement at the ridiculously low temperatures showing on our nice digital indoor/outdoor thermometer.

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’m a California girl. But this morning it’s cold even for “normal” people. Seriously, it’s 35 degrees here! Fahrenheit! in the San Fernando Valley! at 8:00 AM! So you can see my dilemma.

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Okay, okay! Fortunately for you, I’m totally dedicated to the craft of blogging and whatever, so here you go, my five arguments FOR keeping my gym membership, after which I’m headin’ back to the La-Z-Boy!

  1. WEATHER – well, that should be self-explanatory, but since this is a blog, I’ll explain anyway. Exercising outdoors is great and wonderful. But occasionally (like today), it’s way too cold for sensible, normal human beings to be outside. Other times (way more often, sadly, out here) it’s way too HOT for sensible, normal people, etc. etc. So having the option of going to a nice, temperature-controlled place to exercise isn’t a bad idea. Plus, if the weather’s REALLY bad, there won’t be so many people, so my agoraphobia won’t be triggered!
  2. VARIETY – Yeah, I love my walking, and my bicycling. But every so often, I get the idea that I’d like to try something completely different. Something completely nuts! Something (more likely than not) that I saw on TV. Well, since I don’t have an unlimited budget for exercise equipment, chances are I won’t be able to purchase the intricate equipment needed for that weird form of exercise. BUT – since I belong to a major Big Box gym, chances are they’ve already got something there that approximates what I’m jonesin’ for, and maybe even have classes in it. So there’s some potential financial benefits to keeping the membership.
  3. INERTIA/LAZINESS. I’ve already GOT the membership. It’s already set up. I’ve already paid the initial fees, and gone through the hassle of setting up the monthly payments, giving them pretty much every finger- and thumbprint I’ve got, and saving my favorite (or least objectional) locations on my Google Maps. And I know, from previous experience, that if I quit, I’m going to want to rejoin at some point in the future – because I’ve already done it twice within the last 20 years. Do I really want to go through all that hassle again? Not really. Let sleeping dogs (or cats, in our household) lie.
  4. I DO, OCCASIONALLY, GO THERE. Not as often as I should, but more often than I imagine. Every once in a while, I wake up from an uneasy, restless sleep, and there it is: the guilt. “Why aren’t you going to the gym? YOU PAID FOR IT! Use it, you lazy bum!” (or bum-ess – not sure if there’s a female version of that noun, but if not, well, TM me, then!) So I get up, have breakfast, have coffee, have more coffee, take some coffee with me to the car, drive around for a while listening to the radio, and then, when I can’t think of anything else to do, park the car at one of my bookmarked Google Maps locations and, yes, GO INSIDE THE GYM. Then, once I’m in, it’s almost impossible not to do SOME form of exercise, if only so the perky young gals at the front won’t think I’m just some old lady with nothing better to do. Of course, they probably don’t think anything of the sort, mainly because there are plenty of other old ladies there and most of us obviously don’t have anything better to do, so they’re used to us.
  5. And finally (whew!), reason number five (drum roll please), THIS:

    Yeah, I don’t care how many scare stories get published in the Lamestream Media about how dirty and infectious gym pools and hot tubs are. I still love ’em! And I know you find this hard to believe, but even though I live in sunny Southern California, we don’t have a swimming pool in our backyard. Well, we do occasionally, when we remember to pick one up at Walgreens.

    But they’re not really as good as the ones at the gym. Plus, there’s a hot tub there, and being old, I tend to get chilly a lot.

So – there you have it! The best five arguments I can come up with AGAINST quitting my gym membership in 2018. During the next few weeks, I’ll be comparing them to my arguments FOR quitting (and lest you forgot, here they are), and making a decision. Maybe. It’s still me, after all.


Oh well – at least I got one thing accomplished today: this blog post! Now, for my reward:

And oh yeah, there’s one other decision I have to make: whether to do my Weekly Weigh-In this Monday. Which, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock (or in Iraq, for all I know) happens to be CHRISTMAS!!! so I might be busy opening presents from Santa Claus or sipping hot cider by the fireplace or something. What do you say? Can I take the day off? Or maybe the rest of the year? I’m open to suggestions! Meantime – –

Friday Five: More Lame Excuses!

Hey, is it Friday already? Ahem! Sorry, folks, I totally forgot that:

  1. It’s Friday, and
  2. I’m writing a blog, and
  3. I promised to update it on Fridays and Mondays, and
  4. today was supposed to be Part II of my riveting series on the pros and cons of gym membership, and
  5. I totally have a good excuse!

Although it may seem a bit meager at this point, the excuse is as follows:

  1. I forgot.


But I forgot for a really good, exercise-related reason! See, when I got up this morning, I decided that, since there’s only a little more than a week till That Holiday That You’re Pretending Is Further Away Than It Really Is (aka the Birth of Our Lord and Saviour), it might be a good idea to actually send out some Christmas cards.

So, I sat down at the kitchen table, addressed all the cards, signed them (using alternating, festive shades of red and green, nice!), got my hubby to sign them, put stamps on them, removed them when hubby pointed out they were the wrong stamps, re-stamped them, sealed them, and decided, “Hey, the weather’s really nice! I think I’ll walk to the Post Office and mail these, thus combining a necessary chore with some good exercise!”

So, I did the walk, and as I was on my way home, I passed by this beauty school, which had a big sign out front advertising $5.00 haircuts, if you don’t mind their students doing them, and I realized, “Hey, I’ve got $5.00 with me, AND I really, really need a haircut so I can get rid of that Gordon Cole look!”

So, I stopped in and spent a relaxing hour in the chair, having my hair cut by a sweet, shy, and very careful young student who used only scissors, and consulted her teachers fairly often to make sure she was doing it right. (You’ll be happy to hear that she was, and that they commended her for following The Guide.)

When she finished, she took some photos, I thanked her profusely, paid my $5.00 plus a small tip (it had to be small, I don’t carry much cash when I’m out walking, but she certainly deserved more!), and ambled on, getting home just in time to make lunch.

So, here I am. And no Friday Five for you, just because I prefer walking to blogging about walking. Oh well — I PROMISE I’ll get to those five “pros of gym membership next week — although at the moment I can only think of a couple. (Hmm, maybe that says something!)

Anyway, sorry if you were waiting on tenterhooks and all that, but y’know, it’s a nice day. Maybe YOU should be out walking, instead of just reading about it! Whatever you do — hope you have a wonderful weekend!