In January when Bryan’s project at work got canceled and they told them all to go apply for jobs elsewhere, I decided to put our fitness club membership on hold for the next three months so that we could save that money in case we did lose our job. We have been members of Lacamas Swim and Sport for 6 years now. We joined there because here it rains a lot here so walking and running wasn’t always an option for me for fitness, plus they have childcare available for while I workout so I don’t have to sacrifice sleep to exercise early in the morning or late at night, and last but not least, I need a fun fitness class to get me working hard, I just don’t do it on my own.

When Isaac was first born I got quite depressed with the lifestyle change and exercise really did help perk me up. Bryan was gone a lot at school though so it was hard for me to fit it in when it was just me and a very needy baby. When we went to Vancouver the first time for an internship I got a short term membership at a small club with childcare and it changed my mood dramatically. Right then I decided that exercise was very necessary for me so I could be a healthier happier mom who had energy to deal with the kids. And having the childcare available made it so much easier for me to work hard without lots of interruptions (how many workouts at home have been rendered useless by the constant interruptions of my kids?). So stopping our club membership was a big sacrifice for me to do. But $100 a month when you add in the childcare and club dues really is huge! I felt we really had to save it instead. So our club has an option that you can put your membership on hold for up to 3 months in a year so you won’t be able to use the facilities without a drop in fee, but you won’t have to pay the dues, so I put it on hold. That way I wouldn’t have to pay huge restart up fees if Bryan did get to keep his job and we decided to go back a few months later. So we took February, March, and April off and I will decide what to do in May with whether we cancel our membership or not. How has it gone without a membership so far? At first I really was bummed. I missed swimming laps with Maresa and Ruth. Maresa is a killer coach and I loved it. I missed spin classes because they were really slimming me down and I had JUST GOTTEN spin shoes for Christmas to make it more enjoyable and increase my results from the work-out. Sigh, that was a disappointing thing to stop doing. I missed the yoga class that the club offers too. They finally got a good teacher and it was a great workout. The plus side is that Micah was really happy I didn’t make him go to the kid’s club (he hates the childcare because there are actually other kids there), Reece liked though and so he keeps asking to go back. Well, a month and a half later I am no longer bummed about not having the membership. I decided to be proactive and organize an enrichment special interest group to meet at the church and do yoga one night a week. It has really taken off. I am loving teaching yoga and we have had a great girls night out experience where we bond while doing yoga and sweating rather than sitting around chatting or watching a movie or eating cookies at book club. It satisfies my need to work out and be around other smart women, I LOVE IT! After two weeks I realized one night a week was not enough for me and so we added another night. So now we meet one night at the church building, and one night at someone’s home and I have had between 4 and 8 people come each time and we always have fun. Most of the other women who have been coming have told me that they really love it too. I feel happy that I am getting meaningful exercise and that I am helping others get it too. And I am getting to know some women who I would not likely have gotten to know otherwise. Other wards have had ideas of starting up fitness groups too so one ward in our building is doing Jazzercise two mornings a week. This kids run around the back half of the gym and play with nursery toys while we do our thing in the front. I have been going and it hasn’t been too bad, but my kids are older now. It wouldn’t work if I had a baby or toddler… My baby is almost 3 (eek that happened fast!) and so he seems to be fine with it. Someone in our ward just got certified to teach Zumba and so she has been teaching our ward sisters one morning a week also for practice. In my opinion, Jazzercise is ok, but Zumba is totally the workout for me! It is like a salsa dance party minus the disco ball and it is super fun. I got one last hair-brained idea to teach some folk dances to some of the kids at Isaac’s school to perform at multicultural night which was last night. So I met with 7 kids twice a week and taught them some dances and folk dance techniques and had a fun workout with them. And they did great at the performance last night! They were not so coordinated at first, but after some work, they looked pretty good at the performance. I was so proud of them. And I was so happy that though I had to bribe Isaac to do it, he had fun. A ton of fun actually. I will make a folk dancer of him so someday! Ok, and I did one more thing for exercise. Because I already had learned a clog dance last year for the ward talent show, I decided to perform it in the multicultural night show too. My friend Bri was gracious enough to join me again and we did an awesome job and I did not even pass out at the end from exhaustion. So here is what I have done to make up for my lack of a club membership:
  • 2 hours of yoga a week
  • 2 hours of folk dancing
  • 1 hour of clogging
  • 2 hours of Jazzercise
  • 1 hour of Zumba.

I didn’t even do that much when I did go to the club. And I have had a great time doing it. I have returned to some of my favorite activities from before kids and I have been pretty darn happy about it. I may ditch the membership and have fun doing it come May!


Kate April 4, 2009 at 10:45 a.m.

I am loving your creativity! Good for you! And wow that Bryan has a new job! Congrats! Keep me posted! Love you!