Wednesday, April 6, 2011

My workout jinx.

Look, everyone, I am posting something!

I thought I would share with you the recent goings on with my workout schedule. YES, I work out!

Six years ago a Curves opened in downtown Houston about 5 minutes away from our office. My friend, we will call her Rhonda, since that is her name, joined almost as soon as they opened. After she had been going for a year, she convinced me to go to an open house with her. After doing the circuit and finding it rather enjoyable, I asked her if I needed to join. She said, "Yes." Since I always do what Rhonda tells me to do....LOL!....I joined.

We have gone, pretty faithfully, 3 times a week for the last 5 years. We only missed if we were out of town or sick and then the other one would go alone. Yes....I work out.

I didn't lose weight, but I got stronger. My heart is stronger, my blood pressure and cholesterol went down and got some pretty great bicep muscles. I can now stir pots of jam without any discomfort. I used to be an agony after a couple of hours. One of the biggest benefits is one that I cannot prove has anything to do with regular exercise, but I can't think of anything else it can be. I have been having the easiest menopause of anyone I know. My mom had it rough when she went through menopause. I swore after watching her that I would be taking mass amounts of drugs if mine was anything like hers. My younger sister, who is very fit and rail thin, is having a terrible time. Me, on the other hand, well...the only symptom I ever had was minor "warm flashes" for about 6 months. They were never hot and only lasted about 30 seconds. LOL! I am loving menopause!

About 5 weeks ago, on a day we were going to work out, we got an email from the lady that was to be working at Curves that evening telling us that she got to work and the lock was being changed on the door and there was a sign that it was closed until further notice. She had no idea what was going on.

The next day, we got an email from the owner telling us that there was a misunderstanding and she was working to clear it up. She offered to send us travel passes so we could work out at another Curves and she would let us know when she reopened. Oh, and we would not be billed until further notice.

So, Rhonda and I went to a Curves closer to our homes the next week for our 3 workouts. Rhonda's mom is a member there and really likes it. We did too. The only issue was that we would get home later, but only by about 10 minutes. So we were thinking of moving our membership.

The next Monday, Rhonda's mom called her. That Curves was closed! Apparently, the owners are getting a divorce and were having a dispute. OH MY GOD....we shut down 2 Curves!

So we went to another Curves. It was farther from home, but we only got home about 15 minutes later, though we had to drive through some heavy traffic to get there. But we didn't like it very much as the members seemed to do whatever they wanted and did not observe "circuit etiquette", so it was a pain in the butt to try to get our full workout in. We still went there until our travel passes ran out last week.

It did not shut down, though. LOL!

Now, after work, we are going walking in Rhonda's neighborhood until the weather gets too hot. Then it will have to be something at home.

Ugh! So much effort just to do something that is good for us.


SonyaAnn said...

Maybe you should stay away from the banking and real estate industries?
I think that it is wonderful how we can help each other out with our blogs/writing. That would never be anything that I would have known. Thank you!

McVal said...

I just started menopause and definitely know the hot flashes bit already...
I used to go to Curves all the time, then the one closest closed... Now I blog.

Frances said...

Hi, SonyaAnn and McVal. Thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

Wow kudos on all this extra effort, next time just stop for a margarita!

Frances said...

LOL! Marilyn, I am not a margarita drinker, but I can stop for something!

Anonymous said...

Ok, a Bud Light then?