Itâ€™s a perfect spring morning with Carolina blue skies.
I hope youâ€™re having a lovely weekend â€“ our Saturday was great. After a really crazy two weeks, I desperately needed a physical and mental break. I made a conscious effort to do (practically) nothing but minor errands, which is difficult when you just moved into a new place a week ago! I did unpack the very last box, though. I just couldnâ€™t resist.
I also scouted out a gym. I havenâ€™t belong to a real gym in a very long time â€“ maybe 2.5 years? In Orlando, I preferred to run outside in the fall and winter; I rejoined the gym during the spring and summer to get into swim shape for triathlons. And once we moved to Charlotte, I opted to join the Aquatic Center, which offers a small workout room, instead of the traditional YMCA gyms. But now weâ€™re too far from the Aquatic Center to make membership realistic, so Iâ€™m searching for a new gym home.
What do you look for in a gym? My three non-negotiable are:
Proximity to my home or work (once, I joined a gym 30 minutes from my house but next door to my work â€“ I just went before or after work)
Price (Iâ€™m not willing to go higher than $35 or so a month â€“ I know this is expensive for some places and cheap for others!)
Pool access (I would never join a gym without a pool â€“ I love to swim too much!)
The Husbandâ€™s non-negotiables are cleanliness (which I couldnâ€™t care less about), new and nice equipment (same â€“ the treadmills at my old gym were literally held together by duct tape), and proximity to home. He also really loves it when a place has a sauna and racquetball courts.
Anyway, I think we found a place that fulfills all of our main requirements â€“ and more! This new gym also offers fitness classes like spin, which I was really excited about. And they have childcare. Iâ€™m not sure how often weâ€™d leave BabyHTP with the gym childcare, but itâ€™s a nice option. They offered us a one-week pass to check out the facilities, so Iâ€™m going to head over later today for a test run. Fingers crossed!
But first â€“ Iâ€™m being put to work in the garden. My job today will be pulling put the pine needle flower beds and replacing it with mulch. I can do this sitting down, so Iâ€™m game.
With sunflower butter mixed into the batter
Greek yogurt for â€˜syrupâ€™
You can never have too much sunflower butter in the batter!
What are your gym non-negotiables? What things are nice to have? How much does your gym cost? Although I donâ€™t require class access, I have to say that I am really excited for fitness classes like spin, Pilates, and Body Pump. Especially with the baby on the way, I think classes will help me maximize my gym time.