So a while ago I talked about how super proud I was that I’d joined a gym half way between my house and work (at least, if I drove the long way round!) and I was keeping up with it. For quite a while, I managed to swim at least 2 or 3 times a week and visit the gym after swimming sometimes too. The membership was more expensive because I had gym included, but I wanted to have the option of using it rather than just having swimming and not being able to use the gym freely if I suddenly had the urge to – not that that happened often, but you know!
Anyway, at the end of last year, we went away and that got me out of the habit. It didn’t help that the days were getting dark and it meant I was leaving the house in pitch black on a morning to get there, plus the roads are a bit more treacherous at that time of day. I know, excuses excuses! I’ve never been a morning person at all though, so even the smallest excuse will have me claiming those extra minutes in bed. So basically, I stopped going quite so much and have barely spent any time there in the New Year.
Then they sent me a letter saying they were closing the pool for refurbishments for a couple of months, and I would be getting a £5 refund. I really didn’t think the £5 refund was much at all to be honest for not being able to use the pool, especially since I use the pool more frequently than the gym, and used the gym only if I could swim as a cool down afterwards. Even though it’s a fairly cheap membership as it’s a local council pool and gym (at least compared to the private ones I looked at that were nearby), it was still a waste of money each month that I could be spending elsewhere – I mean, shoes! Dresses! Fabric! Think of all the things I could get with that money!
So I cancelled the membership.
It took me a while to get round to it as I kept saying I would start going regularly again, and I tried! But failed. So the letter was the final push for me to cancel it, and it was super easy to cancel too. I’ve heard horror stories of them never letting you out of a gym membership ever, but it was literally a simple email asking to cancel it, and they did.
I felt kind of bad afterwards, but I’m starting to think it’s a positive. Laura and I are now considering getting a membership in the town we work in where we can use various gyms and pools, then go on our lunch breaks. It also helps that work are considering adding a shower, and possibly gym equipment (eee!) in our breakout area. That would be awesome if it goes ahead as I won’t have ANY excuses then and it will force me to exercise properly!
I have been looking at exercising at home in the meantime though. We’ve got our summer holiday with the family booked and while I’m not bothered about looking “good” in a bikini (I mean, I put pictures of myself in underwear on the internet on BCLC (and right here now I guess!), why would being in a bikini bother me?!), it gives me a date to work towards of getting fitter and stronger. This guide has definitely persuaded me that I can just get onto it now at home – it’s cheaper (ie. free), easier and if I fall off a machine, no one will see me. Yes, this is a big worry I have, and yes, I have done this before!!
So for this post, I got dressed up in my “sportswear”. Okay, so I would never EVER wear this to the gym! The crop top has absolutely zero support, because it’s not designed to be a sports bra. And I’m not entirely sure a gym would let you in with this little clothing too. But it’s sportswear-inspired okay, it works! I’d been secretly wanting a Calvin Klein set like this for ages after seeing all the “cool kids” wearing them. I’ve been using Love the Sales a lot recently to keep track of things that I really want but don’t really want to pay full price for, so when I saw they were reduced at USC, I snapped them up – they’re currently back at full price but it’s definitely something worth keeping an eye on! The set is super comfortable and I love the look of it for lazy days. I went for both pieces in a medium, but I worried a lot over the sizing. At a 28GG, generically sized items are often too small in the bust and too big in the band. I almost went for a large but thought the band section would be way too big, and fortunately the medium works! I’ve since seen a blog friend who is a similar sized bust to me managed to get away with a small so I maybe could have gone for that as it looks like the bust coverage is about the same but the elastic underneath is tighter, which would be ideal, but for now I’m happy with it.