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We don't need no... oh, never mind.

Aww. This is kinda sweet. It almost makes me feel a little nostalgic. Except that when my friends were young and couldn't afford to go to cons, we'd pool our money to buy one badge, and then we'd scan it and... well, no point in dwelling on the past. Especially when I'm not sure what the statute of limitations is like for this kind of thing.

So, yeah. Winter depression. I'd been doing really very well so far this year, but the last few days have been rough. And, before you ask, no I haven't been doing all those good things I'm supposed to do. No light-box, not a lot of vitamins, no exercise since the daytime high have been hovering around freezing. I'm not sleeping very well either. I'm considering trying Gold's Gym again, since E goes there. I made the decision to cancel Curves after the election, because I just couldn't stand to have any of my money going to that jackass Heavin. I just... I really hate gyms, you know?

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joanarkham
Jan. 25th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC)
I'm at the Gold's in Rosslyn from 4:15-ish to 5-ish Monday through Friday. I could always stay longer too, if you want company.

fenriss
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Well, that is indeed the place I plan to start going. But I'm not likely to get there most days until 5:15ish. Does Mr. Arkham normally pick you up? Maybe one day a week I could try to get there a little early, and you could stay a little late? That would be a great motivator for me. Let's talk about it :)
joanarkham
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yep, he usually picks me up, or I meet him at the Metro around 5. I'd have no problem staying until 6 or so, once or twice a week.
deegenerate
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:18 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered about Curves. I've never been actually in one, but I've peaked through the windows. From that and seeing their commercials they really do seem like a scam.
papertigers
Jan. 26th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC)
the place itself isn't a scam, everyone i know who uses it raves about the atmosphere and the ease and effectiveness of the workouts, but its parent company donates part of the profits to anti-choice, anti-gay, and fundamentalist Christian organizations.
fenriss
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Right. What Ms. Tigergoddess said. I actually kind of hated having to leave. It's a very nice atmosphere, and while you can make an argument that the machines are kind of limited, it really did give me a great work-out. I just could reconcile my values with the franchise owner. It's a damn shame, because the individual locations are all woman-owned. I struggled with it for months.
smoakes777
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about non-gym alternatives, like a skating rink (ice or roller) or a tae kwon do or similar type class? I find having regular appointments makes me a lot more likely to go.
fenriss
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, those are great options, and I have thought a lot about them. I'm just a little trepidatious about making a commitment to a martial art, and a lot of other indoor activities (such as skating) just don't appeal to me that much. I keep meaning to go back to belly dance, but that would probably only be one day a week. The other activities I like most are fitness walking (which I usually can only do when it's above 35 and below 90 degrees) and weight training, for which I need a bunch of weights.

I'm gonna bite the bullet and try a gym again. I think my self-esteem has improved enough in the last couple year that it won't be so unpleasant.
deegenerate
Jan. 26th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
I didn't realize that they were so right wing. I had just seen the machines and it seemed like it was more of a social club then a place where you could actually get a good workout. One of the things that always bugs me is when trainers talk to women about "toning and sculpting" and Curves gave me the impression that they that type of place.
minniethemoocha
Jan. 28th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
Curves emphasizes building muscle and doing cardio in manageable bursts to raise metabolism and improve overall fitness -- basically, workouts that anyone can do. I did get a little freaked out by their policy of measuring and weighing you in the middle of a public room every month (that nearly made me walk out the door on my first day), but the people were nice, and no one said anything icky, so I stayed for a while. My energy improved and my body got less soggy.
mercurialgirl
Jan. 25th, 2005 08:34 pm (UTC)
no I haven't been doing all those good things I'm supposed to do

How come, green fire girl?

Gyms: some Golds have women's-only sections. It makes a big difference in the vibe.

*love sent your way*
fenriss
Jan. 26th, 2005 03:14 pm (UTC)
How come, green fire girl?

Mostly fatigue, with a little apathy thrown in.

Love you, too.
minniethemoocha
Jan. 28th, 2005 01:20 am (UTC)
I finally left Curves, too. Mainly it was the fact that going there required me to walk past my former office -- I know, how silly is that.
deegenerate
Jan. 28th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
To be honest, I think that my impressions of places like Curves and other "womens workout" programs comes from a very biased perspective. To start out with, I'm very small and I actually want to get big. I have a huge bias towards free weights and a more intense workout because of this. To add to it, my dad was a semi-professional bodybuilder so I learned how to workout from him. He stopped learning in the 70's so not only am I on the opposite side of the spectrum as most woman going to health clubs, but I'm also coming from a very traditional slant.

I don't think I would do well at a place like Curves. I think that I would get VERY frustrated very fast. On the other hand, I might suggest it to my mom who is interested in a 30 minute, woman only type of workout. She's not comfortable with free weights or doing it on her own. Curves might suit her.

As far as the money goes, I've come to the conclusion that every company that I do business with is going to be giving money to something that I don't like whether it be the christian right, pro-life groups, handgun legislation, etc.
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