"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Gym

The gym I've started going to is part of the recreation area at this local church. They offer use of the gym for free to the public. You don't have to be a member of their church.

My neighbor told me about this soon after we moved in and I was too embarrassed to go to it since I'm not a member of their church, and I have my own church that I attend faithfully and am very involved in.

Then last spring I decided to check it out.

It consists of two full-sized basketball courts, a full walking track up on a second level around both courts, two raquetball courts and a workout gym. The workout room has two treadmills, one elliptical, free weights and one each of about ten different weight machines. You just have to go through the orientation to be able to use the workout room, and it really is free of cost.

Last spring I signed up and started walking on the track and then on the treadmill. I attempted to use the elliptical, but could only handle about 15, then 20 and maybe 30 minutes at a very slow pace and with lots of breaks.

I started doing my Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVDs soon after going to this gym, so I stopped going and just worked out at home.

Last week I told my husband that I wanted to up my workouts a little bit and I was thinking of doing the elliptical and some weights twice a week. He encouraged me that he thinks it will really help my weight loss.

Being that my husband is a full-time dental school student a free gym fits in our budget perfectly. So, I am going to try and go twice a week for weights and the elliptical for now and then keep doing my DVDs at home the rest of the week.

I appreciate this church's little gym and look forward to seeing some great results from using it.


  1. We have a church like that here too! It's free and has a walking track. I have a friend that I'm trying to encourage in her own weight loss journey, and I have gone with her to walk the track a few times. It's a wonderful ministry.

    Congratulations on getting over your fear and embarrassment and going to the gym. I think you will just continue to enjoy it more and more!

  2. What a wonderful thing! Do take advantage of the free gym. I imagine using the weights will make a big difference. And I bet you will be able to do much better on the elliptical now.

  3. Yay for you. That sounds really nice. I use the Y in town, and it costs about $40 a month. The town that I teach in has a free Rec place, but it just doesn't work out in my schedule to use it-- unless I find a place to rent in town there. I've been looking for several months now, but haven't found anything.

  4. I've heard about churches that have fitness centers, many in the Midwest. Not here the Northeast, though. Wish we did have one nearby! I go to a Baptist church, and it frustrates me that every single event has to be accompanied by food... and you KNOW what kind of food I'm talkin' about! Not healthy.