Until this week I hadn't been to the gym since before Christmas. I just needed a break from it because I was seriously hating it. I even considered quitting the gym altogether, but those pesky contracts you sign really lock you in tight. I wouldn't mind keeping my membership and going occasionally, but for $90 a month, it just seemed like way too much money when I am on a tight budget. I also discovered there is a bigger, better, cheaper gym with a pool that is closer to my house. Fuck it.
Oh well, I am stuck with the gym I have, so I decided I better god damn use it because it pains me to think of that money going down the drain. So I went back and it was OK and I felt better after my workout. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I enjoyed it because I also feel better after I vacuum and do the dishes, it doesn't mean I enjoy those those tasks either.
My gym workouts usually consist of the treadmill, elliptical, bike and weights, so you can see how that would get boring after 18 months. I have tried a few classes but I think I am the only person in the world not motivated by them. I actually find most of the instructors really annoying because I don't care to hear about their love-life, what they are having for dinner or watching on TV and please stop bloody singing in the microphone while I am trying to workout! Also, the last class I tried was a boxing circuit and the trainer wouldn't let me leave the class until I could do a proper push-up. Thanks for that humiliation, just what I needed in my first class.
So I will keep going to the gym, at least until my membership expires in August, but I'll just do my own workouts with my own music. I won't go quite as often as I used to, I'll be realistic and just go about twice a week and continue to do my walks by the river as well (approx 5 km 2-3 times a week). I am focusing on balance this year and I think that is a good mix for health, happiness and weight loss.
Also, just a weird observation about the gym... I have noticed that nearly all my overweight friends have gym memberships but my skinny friends don't. In contrast to that, when I am at the gym I am (more often than not) the fattest one there. Confusing.