I'm going to be cancelling my YMCA membership when the year commitment is up in June. The membership costs $70/month. It's expensive, yes. It's a family membership, and I thought for sure we'd take Hendrix swimming a couple times a month, and that Matt might be interested in using it to shoot hoops or something (I should have known better). Well, I think since last June, we've taken Hendrix swimming maybe 4 or 5 times, and those swimming trips are the only times Matt has been in the Y. I like the idea of having access to a pool in the dead of winter, but at what cost? I can't afford $840 a year just to take my kids swimming a few times. We live a block away from a community pool during the summer, and there are two indoor water parks around the area for the winter months. I've figured that for a family of 4, it will cost us about $50 to take the boys to the indoor water park. We'd have to go 16 times a year for it to add up to more than the cost of a YMCA membership. I certainly don't see that happening!
So, I'm going to cancel the Y membership, and I'm determined to start jogging outside. I love to jog. That's basically all I do when I go to the gym anyway. I do a few of the weight machines, but mainly, I do cardio. I want a healthy heart, and cardio burns a lot of calories also. I've tried running outside before, and failed. Truth is, running outside is much harder than running on a treadmill. I didn't know this before, but I know it now, and I'm going to make necessary adjustments to make sure I don't fail. Running outside burns more calories, tones different and more muscles, and is much more scenic than running on a treadmill. There is a program online called Couch25K that helps beginning runners get to 3 Km, or 30 minutes of jogging within 3 months. I'm excited! We've got so many miles of scenic trails around us on which I can run. I've got 3.5 months until Jameson is born, then approximately 6 weeks of recovery (that puts me into August). I'm going to run outside until the weather gets too cold/snowy (I'm thinking sometime in November), then run at the workout room at my work (I understand that a 1% incline on the treadmill is the same as running outside). Then, I'll resume after spring hits again.
All I know is that I refuse to be that woman who gets done having her children, and weighs 50 pounds more than she did before she had kids. No. Way.
I'm spending the remaining 3 months of this pregnancy working on developing a healthy lifestyle plan to lose the baby weight, tone my body, and just be healthier overall. I'm well aware that getting 30 mins of exercise a day will be quite difficult with two young children, but I'm blessed with a helpful and understanding husband, and I know that I just have to make time for it. I want to stay healthy and fit for myself, my kids, and my husband, and I'm determined to do it!! :)
Ok, enough about exercise. I've probably bored you to tears..........