August 6

"I want to quit the gym!"

Name that TV show!
Actually I don’t want to quit the gym at all. ¬†I just joined the gym ūüôā ¬†This is the first time I’ve had any measure of success in the gym department.
When we lived in Seattle I ran the daycare at a local gym in exchange for a membership (the paycheck was nice too) but I didn’t go as often as I should have. ¬†In Maine my membership to the YMCA lasted just long enough for me to break even on the membership fee and in New Mexico the gym on base was just a perk of military life. ¬†I liked going, but their “child friendliness” extended only so far as a small room with a few ellipticals, a TV and a gated area to dump the kids into. ¬†Besides, leaving for the gym as soon as Matt gets home from work is not something I am ever inclined to do.
Now we live far away from a military base gym, the side streets aren’t super conducive to running or walking with a double jogger and there is not a good place in my house to set up my treadmill. ¬†Since I am great with child (and considering the complications I usually have) the exercises I can do are pretty much limited to a recumbent bike, swimming and the occasional walk or elliptical.
All of that being said, the biggest reason I decided to join a gym was not so that I could exercise regularly, but because Matt is gone all. ¬†The. ¬†Time. ¬†I would love to have an hour or so a day where 1. the kids aren’t messing up the house and 2. I don’t have someone grabbing at me and begging for food (of the I’m bored variety).
After touring a couple of the local fitness centers and calculating every option, every price and every scenario (and getting laughed at when I said “Matt, come look at my spreadsheet”) I decided on Lifetime Fitness¬†over the YMCA because even with all of it’s many perks and luxuries and “Wow, this seems way over the top”-ness, it actually turned out to be cheaper! ¬†The monthly fee is more expensive, but the childcare is just a flat $10 a month per kid for two hours a day. ¬†And the YMCA is $2 per kid per hour and 15 minutes. ¬†Since I have so many kids it ended up being far cheaper to go with the awesome gym (especially since I won’t be loosing the cost of three of them once school starts).
So far so good! ¬†All I have to do is say “Once the house is clean we can go to the gym” and my house magically becomes clean! ¬†I get to read for an hour while on the recumbent bike then do some laps in the pool while my kids play in a miniature size basketball court and jungle gym. ¬†Occasionally we stay a little later and spend some time at the pool. ¬†I just signed the three older kids up for swimming lessons as well. ¬†They are so excited!
I today I rode the bike for an hour while I read, took a nice relaxing shower and then made an appointment in the salon. ¬†Did I mention they have a salon and spa? ¬†I can drop my kids off in the child center and get a haircut or a massage! ¬†Finding a sitter is the biggest reason that my hair doesn’t get cut on a regular basis.
I have no illusions that the gym and it’s many amenities will help fill the void that Matt’s absence leaves, but it can certainly fill some of the time so that I don’t spend those two hours a day feeling sorry for myself. ¬†The rest of the time will be filled with reading, carpentry and other nesting instincts.

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Courtney Ahroon

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  1. i honestly don’t know what i’d do if i didn’t have a gym to go to. and like you said, it definitely helps that the kids want to go too! here’s to great workouts!

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