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Gulp - Took the Plunge!

Monday, January 03, 2011

The past couple of weeks I have not had a focus on losing weight. I couldn't exercise like I wanted and there was too many snack things around. I didn't have daycare between Christmas Eve and today (start back up tomorrow) and my husband was off of work too. So we had a little staycation.

We got a major project finished of cleaning and reorganizing the storeroom in the basement done! Yeah! Also, we went shopping for ellipticals, since my podiatrist said that the only exercise she would allow me to do was the elliptical. We did find some models that I liked, but didn't like the price tag of $500-$600. My husband suggested that I try working out at the rec center or at a fitness center to see if I liked exercising on an elliptical before we go to the expense of getting one.

Well.... I checked out the rec center and I didn't feel right about it - some of the people were rude and the ellipticals were in the center of a very narrow track which people were exercising on -- not a very good atmosphere. I checked out URTime Fitness, but didn't like the personnel either. So, this afternoon, I went to Balance Fitness, they were very nice and I liked the facility. I was going to get a free week of workouts (off the web), but when I went there they had a special that was ending tonight -- registration fee $5 instead of $120. Then it was only $25 a month (on a month to month basis) with a month's notice if I wanted to cancel. So, I took the plunge and signed up. I also will get a free health fitness evaluation and free orientation on every piece of equipment.

I am excited, yet a little nervous. I have never exercised anywhere except at home - never in front of strangers. So, this will be whole new adventure.

I also saw my podiatrist today. She is happy that things are doing better. I still have pain, but not as bad as before. She says is just takes a while to heal. She gave me some inserts for my shoes and wants me to wear my new walking shoes more than my old tennis shoes.
She said the final diagnosis is capsulitis of the 2nd MPJ which can lead to a plantar plate tear if I don't be careful. It is mainly a an inflammation of the capsule around the toe joints from not enough support. I am to stay on an anti inflammation prescription and see her in 3 weeks.

I have sat down and done my 2011 goals and starting measurements. I will post that later.
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    Yay for joining...can't wait to hear about it!!
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  • MOM4407BECKY
    Way to go. At first you might feel uncomfortable but after a few weeks you will do great. Do you know anyone who uses that gym that could be your buddy?
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    emoticon i love exercising at my gym, the staff are nice and there are people of every shape and size. I like the human contact of going out!

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    Carrie, Glad you took the plunge. Lets continue to encourage one another to keep on keeping on...
    3578 days ago
    well done on taking the plunge - looking forward to hearing how you get on with the ellipticals at this gym.
    Keep up the great work! emoticon
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    Congrats on the new place to work out. Can't beat the deal you got. I bet you will really enjoy it. Hope your foot is feeling better soon.
    3578 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Let us know how the gym goes. I have debated joining but not sure about it either.
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  • SJG1953
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    I am so excited for you! I love the gym...and you will have a whole new group of gym buddies before you know it.

    You go girl! emoticon
    3579 days ago
    Way To Go Carrie!! A new challenge before you will motivate you and make you think differently about your exercise regime. It is what we all need to shake things up! I used to work at a ladies workout place as a fitness coach, and the new gals who came in didn't take long to feel right at home. Be sure to ask for help if you need it and keep your humor about it all! I am thankful that you felt comfortable in this place and that you made the rounds before you decided. Of course, you and I know the value of a good deal today! Good stuff happening Carrie. Yeah for your foot too!

    3579 days ago
    What a great opportunity! You have a great plan by trying the eliptical at the gym before you decide to buy. Don't be concerned about exercising in public. Everyone is focused on their own workouts. After a while you'll start seeing the same folks there and making new friends. Enjoy!
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    Good for you! Now schedule times to go, and keep those appointments! Good idea to try the machine before buying one, too. Cathy is right, don't worry about being self- conscious. Everyone is focused on his/her own workout. The TV and my iPod help pass the time on the cardio machines. For me TVIs best, I can forget about watching the time if i' m interested in some show! Plus, they have cable & I don't at home! L.o.l. When I first started with a trainer, I told the gym owner I had no interest in belonging to the gym...but later joined because I got so i enjoyed the variety of machines; I will soon begin in 3rd year there! Let us know how it goes!
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    Good for you! I really like the gym I belong to. I have been taking a group class for a year and have made a few friends in the class. Everyone is so encouaging!
    3579 days ago
    Congrats on the plunge (and good deal on the price) and the good report from the doctor. Things are looking good for a great year.
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    Congrats on taking the plunge girl! Awesome attitude. You'll be just fine and have fun in the process. Keep us posted as to how you like it! Great job!

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    GOOD for you!!! Oh, I'm SO excited for you! I LOVE working out in a gym - I really do! I feel like I get sO much better work out -- and I just LIKE the machines - I think they're fun! I HOPE you will enjoy it too! That's a GREAT price! emoticon
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    It is good to hear you got a good price. Now hopefully it is convenient for you to get there regularly.

    I am glad to hear that your pain is less! emoticon
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    Yay for you taking the plunge! I think you will enjoy working out at a club. It feels like you are really doing something good for YOU when you work out away from home...my opinion anyway. I think it is really important not to worry what anyone else there though. It can take awhile to get over that feeling that people are watching you. In reality, everyone is focused on their own workout and usually pretty oblivious to everyone else.

    Good luck, have fun and take care of that foot!

    3579 days ago
    That's a fantastic price for a gym, and more importantly, you felt comfortable there. I hope you really enjoy it, Carrie!
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