I did something today that I have never done before. I paid for a gym membership. And I walked the track around the basketball court. Twenty-two laps equal a mile. I walked twenty-two laps. I think. I got distracted once, talking to a lovely older woman and may have lost count. She did 56 laps. Baby steps. One day soon, I too will do 56 laps, which according to her is about two and a half miles.
The only other time I have been to a public gym for exercise was on the seminary campus and it was free to students and their families. Well, technically, we actually did pay a lot for that gym membership if you count the tuition. But to officially join a gym that required me to commit up front to a three month contract without possibility of refund. Today was a first.
I did this because I decided that my health was worth it. When we lived on campus we went to the gym and walked fairly regularly, but we took it for granted and so missed quite often and didn’t really take full advantage of all it had to offer. Well, Mr. Piano did join a water aerobics class once. The women were very gracious to him.
Anyway, moving on, my health is worth the moola. Back in the summer we were walking at the park quite often and it was a work out because there were mountains. Ok. Hills. Small ones. And it felt good and I was noticing a difference. Then, it got cooler and then cold and we dwindled down to once a week, then not at all. Every time we went it was like starting over and I would use any excuse not to go.
Did I mention that my health is worth it? It makes me feel better to walk. My clothes fit better. I have more energy. But, I need consistency. I need to know that I’m going three to four times a week rain or shine, warm or cold. So, for the next three months until it warms up a bit, I’ll be walking at the local gym. Every day. Minus three, or four. The point is, I will have no excuse for consistency or lack thereof. Unless of course the roads are impassable due to a blizzard.
I figure by spring I’ll be back in the swing and feeling much better and transitioning to the park again will be easy peasy. And those hills? They’ll be a new challenge that I’ll be ready to meet. And, Mr. Piano? Joined also. We’re like that, the two us, we do things together. He’s a showoff though. He did more laps than me and he jogged part of the time.
Hopefully in 2013 we will REMAIN healthy. How’s that for using my word of the year? Go me.
Remaining in Grace,