I did it! I’m not impressed with myself, but I am proud of myself. I went to the gym after work today. I could have easily gone straight home, walked my dogs and bummed around. Instead I made the choice to set my Waze app to direct me on how to get to my gym as quickly as possible.
The first thing I learned was that I need a gym that is convenient and doesn’t cause me to go out of my way or take a lot of added time to travel to. That was pretty easy in New York City, but I have found it more difficult in Los Angeles.
Yes there are gyms here, but in West Hollywood it seems like all the gyms are expensive and crowded. That seems like a double gym negative. Not to mention that a lot of the gyms are apparently very gay. I mean people cruise at them. I don’t need that. I have a man.
The gym closest to my office that is affordable is the LA Fitness on Bundy, but it is also crowded. Unfortunately it’s also ghetto, the staff are rude and you have to pay for parking. If I am paying a for a gym membership why am I also paying you to park?
Luckily my wonderful fiancé found the LA Fitness Signature Club in Beverly Hills. It’s not the best gym ever, but it has all the basics. It has a constant flow of members in and out of the gym, but you never really have to wait for any machines so I can’t complain. It is closer to my apartment, but it only took 30 minutes to get their today from my office and is on the way home.
That’s the first trick. Make the gym convenient and easy to get to and go.
The second trick I’ve learned is motivation. I need motivation to go. Thinking I am a little heavier than I want to be and feeling horrible about it is surprisingly not motivation enough. What’s really helped has been no pressure motivation.
The first thing I have been doing is whether or not my fiancé goes to the gym or runs outside I try to work out on the same days. If I am not feeling it, but he is running, I have been pushing myself to at least get into the gym.
The second motivational trick I’ve been utilizing has been Fitbit (I use the Fitbit Flex) and Nike+. Both are great ways to put a bit of competition into the mix motivating me to keep pushing. With Fitbit you track your steps each day. It also helps you track your weight, food intake, calories, water intake and it lets you compete with friends and family for who has taken the most steps in a 7 day period. What I really love is that if I see I have only hit 8,000 steps in a day the app is a helpful reminder for me to get up and go for a walk during my lunch break. Believe it or not it works!
The third motivational trick is to schedule a vacation that requires you to be shirtless. That’s what I’ve done. I now have until September to get my body into tiptop shape. No one wants to feel like a pregnant woman at the side of the pool unless you are in fact a pregnant woman of course.
It’s worked for now. Here is to hoping it continues to work. With that said I am still struggling with how to eat healthier, although I did love the Mexican food last night and the Pringle’s I had with my lunch.
Let’s recap things to help get yourself to the gym when you have no desire to, but know you need to:
- Beach or Pool Vacations, you never want to be the fat guy in a swimsuit!