The Squish Belly Blues

*cue harmonica*

HarmonicaWoke up this morning, my to-do list a mile long
That’s okay, ‘cause I was feeling good and strong
Started putting stuff back where it belong


Passed the mirror and caught a frightful sight
Inhaled real deep, pulled my core in tight
And wondered how this happened overnight


That’s right, that’s right: I got me the Squish Belly Blues
How to fix it, I got some clues
But my *#%@ gym raised my dues… .

Okay, so Memphis may be the Home of the Blues, but chances are this little ditty will never be housed there. :)

While I don’t think the cold days of winter resulted in any significant weight gain (clothes still fit), I did notice this morning that my abdomen is definitely feeling…well, squishy. I lost 100 pounds near the age of 50, so my abs were never of the “rock hard” variety. Even so, they looked better two months ago than they do now.

Okay, I thought, time to quit fooling around at home and get back to the gym for full workouts. No problem! I’ve been looking forward to getting back into the swing of regular strength training, and eradicating The Squish is a good challenge!

Imagine my dismay when I arrived at the gym and found that my key card didn’t work.

My membership expired last month, and they won’t extend my membership. The desk person said I have to enroll as a new member and pay a new member fee of almost $100.

(Don’t worry, my neighbor just came over and confiscated my harmonica.)

This is a Sad Day, indeed. I signed up for that gym before it even opened, paying for two years in advance. I had only lost 20 pounds at that point, and I was feeling super motivated. This is the gym where I bawled like a baby when I realized I was actually going to achieve my goal. The gym where I bravely ventured into Manville for the first time ever. My gym. *sniff*

I’ve written to the Powers That Be to try to have that enrollment fee waived. Considering how many people I’ve referred to them, that I’ve already been a member for two years, and that I’m willing to spring for another 2 years up front, I’m hopeful they’ll see the value in waiving the fee. (I might have also mentioned in my note that I’m a blogger .*g*) Keep your fingers crossed. If this doesn’t work, look for a Waive Cammy’s Fee page on Facebook.

I’ll be using my non-gym time to check out other options in the area. One of the things I like most about my gym is that it’s open 24/7. It doesn’t offer much besides workout equipment, showers, and an old scale (along with tanning beds that I could care less about), but it’s cheap, relatively clean, and less than a mile from my house. Other gyms in my neighborhood are closed at least one day per week and cost more. Oh well, it doesn’t cost anything to look.

Meanwhile, I’ll keep exercising at home.

And playing my harmonica.


What do you like/not like about your gym? What do you look for in a gym? (I just want the free weights and cable machines.)

19 thoughts on “The Squish Belly Blues

  1. Wow- that totally makes no sense- they need to waive that fee! I wouldn't want to mess with Cammy! ahahahaha I like that my gym has a wide variety of people at it but don't like that it is as small as it is. Oh well, it's close and super cheap which are basically like trump cards in my book!

  2. I like the way you play the blues, Cammy. I was tapping my foot to the beat 😉

    They need to waive that fee for you. They must not realize the power of a blogger, lol.

    I am still intimidated by gyms so I don't go to one. I always feel like I don't know what I'm doing and don't want to ask for help. I know, I need to get over that but it's hard.

  3. My mom is a blues and jazz musician; I can totally hear the rhythm in your bluesy tunes.

    I can also hear your pain about the gym membership. There's got to be a good ending if they are smart business people. Good luck. Keep us posted.

  4. Consodering the cost of gym membership and the things you want to use, have you considered just buying your own? You'd have the convenience of them being in the house all the time.

  5. If they don't waive the initiation fee for you, well…they're idiots. It's amazing to me that fitness centres are still getting away with having such bad customer service!

    I know what it is like to love "your" gym, so I understand that you don't want to leave and try somewhere new…so I hope they grant you your request! This is just one of many reasons why I am so frustrated with the fitness industry!

    Sorry to rant…your post just frustrates me!

  6. Keep playing Cammy! I have those blues everyday. Last summer when I reached my goal weight, before my autumn regain, I looked down and wondered why that belly was still there! Why my pants fit in the butt and hips but not the waist. Thus part of the reason for my blogs name. When I am at goal weight again, I need to figure out if I can get rid of that squish. Please tell me I can!

    BTW – I hope your gym comes around. What I love about mine is that it is sooo inexpensive and everyone there is laid back. Lots of people of all ages and everyone just wears whatever and is smiling and friendly.

  7. They definitely need to waive the fee. Fight the good fight–it's very empowering and hopefully the result will be in your favor! Good luck!

  8. Waive that fee! I am with you! Hey, maybe I will write 24 Hour Fitness. I have been a member since 1982 & probably one of their first & maybe longest running member. That was the first year they opened as Family Fitness & I joined at their first club!

    OK, I digress Cammy. I am with you!

    Me, I like 24 hour hours, weights & cardio. I want it all! :-)

    What I don't like is the maintenance of the equipment is not good. They need to do a better job of that!

    As for that tummy, honestly, my hormones will absolutely change the look of my tummy with no change in anything else. You know I am strict with my routine & I go thru stages when nothing works to keep that area as tight as can be for our age. The pic I took for my blog was after 3 months of nothing working & one day I woke up & things looked fine.. Damn hormones!

  9. That sounds like such a bad, stupid way to run a business! I hope the powers that be will see the error of their ways and waive that fee!

  10. I do hope you get the gym membership you deserve. I'm lucky in that there is a very personal, hands on, relationship with the Gym owners here. My moan is that right now it is too far away from our home and I truly cannot afford any fees. I really loved going to the gym, somehow it kept me accountable on the exercise front. Now there's only me and I'm not good at being accountable to me. I don't think I'd cope with a large city gym though. Here there are more oldies trying to keep fit than the spunky young at the times I can go.

    Thank-you so much for your comment. I am blushing. Very sweet of you. You are the very best encourager. I look for your comments, not that I want to put any pressure on you. *smile* Thank-you

  11. That is annoying. Hopefully a personal call will make things right.

    I like my gym because it is close to my house and I can bike there. It's not that bad a price per month and they have the free weights and treadmill I need. I wish it had a pool so I could train for a triathlon, but the Y membership was twice as much per month and I don't need a pool that bad LOL!

  12. It was so beautiful today I wondered why I was in the gym when I could be walking down the beach? Tomorrow is going to be a beach day.

    My gym sounds like yours except it doesn't offer any classes. I don't use the tanning machines either.

    Your gym should definitely waive the fee for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

  13. Cammy, if the gym doesn't come through for you (but I believe they will), post an email address for us….I know I would be willing to send out an email.
    I use the YMCA where I am. What I like about the this "Y" is that they offer yoga classes 5 times a week. They have a nice steam/sauna too…but I have not ventured in it yet.

  14. Good luck with the gym. That would be foolish customer service to stick you for the fee.

    Two words (actually three– I counted): probiotics and ZUMBA!

  15. I worked at a YMCA many years ago. Unfortunately, when a membership elapsed – that was the policy to recharge the joiner's fee. However, a higher up could always waive that and normally always did. The desk person probably doesn't have the authority to do so – but she should of put you in touch with someone that can.
    New to your site – enjoying it!!

  16. I hope they waive the fee for you. It's the least they can do, really! Especially if you are sending in people. Keep us updated! :)

  17. I can hear you singing your little blues diddy – love it! I do hope you get that fee waived – bunch of crap, IMO.

    As for what I like in a gym – it's gotta have great aerobic classes or I won't go!

  18. Threaten the "Gym owner" to bad mouth them in your blog and facebook. They should have sent you a notice letting you know it was time to renew. BAD BUSINESS PRATICES ON THEIR PART. Hope it gets resolved.

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