WEEK 3

Hi everyone,

I've completed week 2 of the NHS healthy eating diet and I feel great. I've taken a look at week 3 but I can't see too much difference between that and last week, just emphasis on planned activity. This has me thinking.

Money is really tight for me but I have been looking at my leisure center's gym membership. It'll include access to 4 swimming pools, a variety of gyms and fitness classes. Now, if I actually take advantage of all it offers then it will be worth the money. I am however skeptical in case I do not use it that much and that's much needed money down the drain. At the moment I feel motivated and think I'll use it more than I have done previously when I was a gym member. My confidence was minimal then but I feel a bit more confident this time round, especially since joining this forum.

What do you think? Are any of you members of a gym? How has it helped you on your weight loss journey? I like the idea because it would mean I would have loads more options made to me if I were a member and it would get me out more too.

Sazkia x

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  • I think most people have had problems with actually using gym memberships in the past, including me!

    For me, what has worked is finding a gym that is near work as that has allowed me to be more flexible about when I can get there. I am also more motivated because I'm already out and about anyway, it's not like I'm having to schedule in an extra trip out anywhere.

    I also find that it's loads better to only pay for what I'm going to actually use. For me this meant getting a swim only membership rather than one for the whole leisure center. I know I'm never going to use more than the pool, so why pay for stuff I don't need?

    Good luck and I hope you find something that works for you! :)

  • Hi VickyDLM,

    I have just got back and the leisure center have a Summer special offer that means I can pay £20 a month without the direct debit obligation. They have this for August and September, which is great because it means I am saving over £11 with no strings attached and I don't have to cancel it if I don't want to continue next month. :D

    I worked it out, this way is cheaper than if I did pay as you go, which would have cost MORE if I went swimming once a week for a month. At least with this offer I can have unlimited use of the pool, the gym and the fitness classes for a month. I'm very happy about this.

    It also means that by the end of the offer I'll know if I'm going to stick with it and whether to sign up permanently. :D

    Sazkia x

  • That sounds great! I like the idea of having a trial period so you're not stuck with something you don't want. And it gives you the chance to try everything and see what suits you. Sounds like the best of all worlds.

    Good luck! :)

  • Congratulations Sazkia! Good to hear about your progress.

    In terms of saving money, Can you pay just for the swimming? Or just individual dance classes? There's a national thing called "no strings badminton" which I find really fun, social and affordable. It is pay as you go. But my guess is that unless you went with a friend, you might find it difficult to do with low confidence. There's a big range of abilities and you might feel intimidated by the people who are really good even though there would also be people of the same ability level as you.

    In terms of confidence, for me it helped to go to women's only sessions. Also you may find that different leisure centres have different crowds so if you can, pick where and when you go so you are exercising with people more like you. For example, I always felt really self-conscious at the university gym because the a lot of the users were VERY fit, young and chock-full of confidence.

    I personally dislike gyms. I do go the swimming pool but otherwise I like to run and cycle outdoors on my own where there is natural light and less intrusive sound and so I can listen to my MP3 without turning it up dangerously loud. I also find I get less injury outdoors than in the gym and I get less bored. But it is true that this gives me the excuse not to exercise often in winter with less daylight and worse weather. It depends whether there's somewhere nice to jog near where you live. There's a river and a little wood near me, so I get to hear birdsong. I wouldn't do it if I could only run along a road.

    Oh and you can also get exercise videos through You-tube. Good way to pick which DVDs are worth buying.

  • Hi Trimtapir2,

    I have just got back and the leisure center have a Summer special offer that means I can pay £20 a month without the direct debit obligation. They have this for August and September, which is great because it means I am saving over £11 with no strings attached and I don't have to cancel it if I don't want to continue next month. :D

    I worked it out, this way is cheaper than if I did pay as you go, which would have cost MORE if I went swimming once a week for a month. At least with this offer I can have unlimited use of the pool, the gym and the fitness classes for a month. I'm very happy about this.

    It also means that by the end of the offer I'll know if I'm going to stick with it and whether to sign up permanently. :D

    Sazkia. x

  • My daughter has just joined under a similar scheme and is going twice a week with her friend, making it a social event as well. 😊 I think it's a great idea 😊

  • That's a great deal! Have fun. And try out lots of things!

  • Yes, I have just booked two classes for this Thursday and next Tuesday so no getting out of it now ha! I'm going to boxercise on Thursday and boxfit on Tuesday, so will be pushing myself physically and challenging myself personally to get out there and meet new people. :D

    I am going swimming this evening too so I am certainly trying hard to get fit! :D

    Sazkia x

  • I'm not much of a gym person, prefer the outdoors, but I think the Summer Special you got is perfect!

  • Hi Iben! :)

    I've just booked two classes for this Thursday and next Tuesday so I am excited and nervous. I did ask them if they are okay for complete beginners and she said they were. :D

    There's no getting out of it now haha and I'm going swimming this evening too so will be getting fit for sure this week!

    Sazkia x

  • You are really taking things seriously. It is so good to see. You'll have to post about it!

  • Oh, you know me, I'll certainly talk about it. I'm very good at talking lol. :P

    How's your running going? A few days ago I read you went past the 5K mark, that's brilliant! Massive well done! :D

    Sazkia. x

  • Thank you Sazkia. I really, really want to get to 10k before Christmas. Everybody says it is possible, but you know, when you've always considered yourself someone who can't run, it is actually difficult to envisage it. I call myself a runner now, but I still feel a bit like a fraud :-)

  • Nope, you're a fully fledged runner, no two ways about it! ;)

    I've just got back in from swimming, it went brilliantly!! I met a couple of nice people, had general chit-chat and one lady spent the last half hour with me giving me some tips and gentle encouragement. I am so going back on Thursday, I LOVED IT!

    I am going to the gym tomorrow morning and try for a whole body work out. I noticed my jogging bottoms were loose on the waist I actually had to tighten the draw string in them to the extent I could tie them in a bow-knot and my top is looser...I'm really starting to see some difference and I've lost weight from my neck and chest. My bras are SO MUCH MORE comfortable! There's no going back for me now, not now I've started to make a real difference. :D

    Sazkia x

  • Wonderful, Sazkia. I'm so happy for you :-) :-)

  • And thanks for calling me a runner. Love it :-)

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