Exercise and Depression: an update.

ExerciseIn this post, I talked about my plan of action, specifically, going to the local leisure centre and signing up for a membership.

Well, I have to admit: that didn’t happen.

However, having said that, that doesn’t mean that I have completely given up on the idea.  I simply didn’t feel comfortable spending that money when I knew we’d be struggling for cash in a few weeks.  (And it’s a good thing, too, as we’ve had to delve into the rent money today just to put some money on our gas and electric.)

Instead, I ordered one of these.  I have an account with Marshall Ward, so I was able to order it but pay for it in installments – much more affordable!  I’ve had it for almost 2 weeks, and in that time I’ve used it all but 4 days.  And I have noticed a difference.  I started out doing 30 repetitions of each exercise – but I would have to stop and catch my breath after 10.  The last few days, I’ve been able to do the full 30 without a problem.

And both my 10 year old daughter and my husband have said that I look like I’ve lost weight.  I haven’t actually weighed myself in over a week, so I have no idea.  But it helps to know that my efforts aren’t being wasted.

And on Friday, I walked my a$$ into town to do the shopping, and walked back.  It helps that I have an “old lady trolley,” though.  I bought it specifically so that I COULD do the shopping without having to take a taxi home – at the time it was to save money, but it helps with my exercise efforts as well.  (And I managed to get into town, do my shopping, and make it home within 2 hours, too!!!)

I still want to join the gym – I really want to use the weight machines.  But I’m seriously considering doing more stuff “on my own” and only using the gym sparingly – mainly to save on money.  We have enough to get by – but JUST enough.  And we’re usually flat broke the last week of the month.  But we live within walking distance of THREE parks.  I can easily go out for a walk after I take the kids to school and I’ll still have the majority of the day to do whatever I need/want to do.  My biggest problem will be the weather – we live in the north, and we get more rain than most areas of the country.  But on the other hand, it doesn’t get as cold as a lot of areas in the country, because we live on the coast as well.  So if I can handle the rain, it won’t be a problem.  Shoot, it was quite cold on Friday, but because I was wearing my winter jacket and walking so much, by the time I got home, I was sweating.

So I’m not giving up on my exercise plan… I’m just tweaking it a little, to adjust to the realities of my life.  Obviously, if we were to win the lottery tomorrow, I’d readjust that plan… and sign up for the all-inclusive gym membership.  And I’d probably go to the gym every day. As I said in the other post, if I pay for something, I’m damned well sure going to get my money’s worth.  I actually did belong to a gym back in the states, and because I was paying for it, I went every single day.  (Until I got pregnant, that is.)

Of course, if we won the lottery, then I’d be able to join the gym, lose all my weight, and then have the plastic surgery to fix the rest of my body, too.  😉

Hey… a girl can dream, right?

Edited to add: writing about this prompted me to go into the hobby room and use my ab roller… I did my 30 reps each, and even added a new exercise to my routine, too.  I’m so proud of myself…. yay me! 😛


~ by nuckingfutz on October 21, 2007.

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