Friday, August 10, 2018

On the Road Again

Ok, the fake road. The indoor with AC because it's more humid than humid outside road. The treadmill. Also, raise your hand if you sang the title to this post. 😂

When I turned 50 a while back (ha!) I thought I'd join the senior center instead of a gym because while the gym provides a good deal of eye candy, the senior center would put me in the midst of 'my people' and I thought I'd be way more comfortable with them than the eye candy since the 'eye candy' lot are not 'my people.'

Since NashvilleDaughter and DrummerBoy decided to tie-the-knot I quickly realized I am tired of being the fat MOB (mother-of-the-bride) and yes I used the word fat and it's fine because I'm talking about myself and it is what it is and I am what I am so there.

Why not just walk outside? I used to do that but over the last couple years I've gotten out of the habit and the humidity is putting forth a serious effort to finally kill me so, at least for now, it needs to be inside.

Why didn't I just join the senior center? Because I decided, after my tour, I was not a fan of being shown up on a treadmill by an 85-year-old on an elliptical (which is the evilest machine ever made) so I just became sedentary which was such a great help.

I finally decided to give Planet Fitness a go. I have friends who go there and Y'all, it's only $10/month and they do not bill you annually and you can cancel at any time AND I joined for a mere $1.00. WooHoo! TeacherDaughter also has a membership (though her's is the $20/month because she's fancy. And has a job.) so we've been going together for 3 weeks now which is great because that actually gets me in the gym.

I think it was on our 3rd day that they showed up. Who? Those 85-year-olds. There they were on the ellipticals showing up even the eye candy. These older folks go to town on those things and TALK while doing it! Are you kidding me? I can't talk while I'm on the treadmill because NO BREATH. If that's not bad enough there are people who, now get this---RUN to the gym for their workout and then RUN home. Showoffs. Sadly, I have one of those in my own family. Traitor. Anyway...

Do I like Planet Fitness? I do. The people working out keep to themselves and most of them make sure not to jump on the machine right beside you which I like because I need at least 10-foott radius from others. The employees, so far, are all super friendly and helpful without being the least bit intrusive. The price is RIGHT! The machines are plentiful and there are options when choosing a workout. They do have trainers. I met one after a class he taught but since the younger people who
just took the class looked like they were about to pass out I'm pretty sure you won't see me taking one. He was super perky anyway and when I'm sweating like someone working in a warehouse with no AC wearing wool on the hottest day of the year you don't want to put perky in my face.

The thing I like most about Planet Fitness is how clean it is. Those people know how to keep a place clean and to a germaphobe like me, that's HUGE. I also like that no one in there seems to pay one bit of attention to anyone else in there and I like that because I hate to be watched.

Of course, every gym has THAT ONE person who comes dressed in arrogance and self-importance but she's so far out of my fitness league I should never have to encounter her. Oh and to the middle-aged lady flirting with that middle-aged, MARRIED man---I saw you. You should probably back off. Just sayin'. What can I say? Sometimes people are brazen right in front of my face.

So, Planet Fitness gets a big YES vote from me. It's only been 3 weeks but I don't expect any of this to change. It's fun and I need to get this weight off and getting fit again won't hurt anything so hopefully, I'll keep going even though I'll have to go solo starting next week.

What are y'all doing to get or keep yourselves fit?

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  1. Good for you! You are lucky to have your daughter to go with. I would do so much better at exercise if I had a partner, but every single time I've talked someone into going with me they end up never coming or work out for 5 minutes and declare themselves done. Sigh. We have a Planet Fitness and I think about joining, but it put me off a while ago that they had a young member taking photos of the "fat" people and posting them to social media with unkind remarks. They kicked her out as soon as they found out, but still. I feel so bad for her victims.

    1. OH NO! I can't believe someone did that. That's just horrible and it would put me off speedy quick. I do love having her to go with me but school starts for the teachers next week so this weekend is the last time I don't have to go alone. I do have friends who go but one just injured her arm (not at the gym) and is having physical therapy and the others go late in the day and I prefer morning. Going alone won't be easy.

  2. I have a couple of friends who love our Planet Fitness. Maybe when my knees get fixed. I have trouble walking from the living room to the bathroom right now. They do love it, though. I'm excited for you! We have exercise equipment in a room at our clubhouse that we could use for free... so there is that. We also have aquafit classes in the pool M-S at 10:00. So there is that, too. And here I sit using bad knees as my excuse. Do keep us posted!! You can do it!!

    1. I know people who have done the water aerobics and LOVED it. I would but I'm not putting on a bathing suit for anything. Unless I get one of those 1920s type. HAHA I don't know if I can do it or not. We've been going for 3 weeks and I'm still the same dang size. Could be due to the potato chips. Who knows? LOL

  3. Love, Love, Love Planet Fitness. I quit Planet Fitness to join my JCC, cause the JCC has a pool, yoga classes, etc. Then I quit the JCC because I was able to use the gym at my office building for free. Can’t beat free, right? Well I am changing jobs soon, so I will probably rejoin Planet Fitness

    1. Haha! At least you're doing it, though! And no, you sure can't beat free! :)

  4. Way to go! I've never belonged to a gym but now with Medicare we get a free membership to a gym. I'm definitely going to try it out. I can't do a lot with my COPD but I'm going to try!

    1. I'm curious, what sorts of exercising do you do when COPD is an issue?

  5. Our neighbor Jim shot me where the sun doesn't shine with a sling shot when I was kid. He was a few years older than me. Strange sense of humor, Jim. Ever since I've been averse to Jim or anything sounding like Jim.

  6. Oh, yes! I definitely sang!!! :)
    YS is a member of Fitness Planet & I thought about it but it's on the other side of town. And I have a really nice park where I can walk that is literally right beside my house. And the dogs need walking. Plus, it's not nearly as hot & humid here as it is where you are so I can handle long as it's before 6 in the morning or after 7 at night! :)
    Darn those 85 year olds!!!

    1. I just can't this year with the humidity. Even at 5:30 or 6:00 the humidity is ridiculous. I thought I'd walk Tucker this morning but couldn't even step outside. Not 15 minutes later a huge thunderstorm blew in. I knew it had to because it can't be that humid without the bottom dropping out. :)


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