Friday, March 25, 2011

secret weapon

Last week I mentioned a new secret weapon in my weight loss efforts. I thought it was time to 'up my game' in preparation for Katie's March Madness weight loss playoff. Unfortunately, my secret weapon wasn't quite strong enough to beat my competitors. Despite a 2 pound loss, I was out in the first round! How humbling.

Did you guess the secret weapon? I'll give you a hint...

Just kidding. It isn't Laser Cats - but it's something just as surprising. I, Rae, self-proclaimed hater of indoor exercise, joined a gym.

I'll give you a minute to pick yourself up off the floor.

I decided to join the local GoodLife fitness club with my running buddy. I know, I know. It's very unlike me. But folks - it HAD to be done. It is almost April and we got dumped on with another 4 inches of snow yesterday. I am so sick of the treadmill. I needed to spice things up a little. We've been attending Zumba classes a few times a week and have actually hit the weights a few times. I have been surprised by how much I enjoy it. I am going to hit the gym pretty regularly for the next month or so and then plan to back off a little as I incorporate more outdoor (trail!) running when things thaw out. Variety can't hurt, right?

It turns out I have a brand new motivation to kick things into high gear: upcoming beach vacation! Hubs and I have booked some much-needed vacation time in April for an all-inclusive trip down south. We've decided to play a game of "last-minute deal roulette", so we don't know where we're going yet. We'll probably end up in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Punta Cana. Any recommendations??

Have a great week, all!


  1. Yay, for joining the gym! I am so glad that you are enjoying the variety that it brings!

    I love laser cats. I wonder if my baby can do that! :)

  2. Wow - that IS huge!! Congrats on the big step -- and good luck with it!!

  3. Thanks for the well wishes on my blog, much appreciated.

    It took me a long time to join a gym too. I just couldnt justify the cost, and then eventually I couldnt justify not joining any longer. Good for you!!

  4. Definitely Cuba, for no particular reason.

  5. Hope you have fun at your gym!

  6. Ha, I love the laser cats. I have never been, but a couple of friends have been to the Dominican and loved it. I'm jealous of a beach vacation for sure!

  7. Do what you gotta do to get it done! This winter is going on and on.

  8. Cancun! Warm water, great snorkeling. Do you live in Calgary? Neil Z goes to that gym.

  9. Whoa. The world may be ending. I thought I was the biggest gym hater but my work just opened a gym in our building so I worked out in a gym last week.

  10. Thanks for the encouragement everyone.

    CHRIS K: I love snorkelling - will definitely have to consider Cancun. I live in Toronto. Goodlife is a national chain, so many Canucks share this gym. Th good news is my membership works at any location, so if even in Calgary, I may be able to have a Neil Z sighting.

    GREEN GIRL: Way to go! I guess it's hard not to try a gym when it's in your office. No excuses, right? Nice!

  11. ~sigh~ I want to go to PERU! There is this mural of The Last Supper there in which everyone at the table is a different nationality. I learned about it in 4TH GRADE and have dreamed of seeing it ever since...

  12. Gym sucks but is a necessary evil. Way to go

  13. Wow. When you said "down south" you REALLY meant down south, didn't you? chuckle. When we say down south here (Pittsburgh), we're usually talking...oh...Sourht Carolina. lol

    "Way down Sourth" is Georgia or Alabama.

    I hope your wheel spins to a wonderful spot!


  14. Well, if you DID have lazer cats, you'd be SET.

    I vote cuba, because I can't go there. :(