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.)