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Procrastinating Positively

My recent procrastination is getting a gym membership. I came up with enough GOOD excuses that I don’t feel bad about it.

By on Mar 27, 2016 in Life | 0 comments

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Since my gym membership expired at JCC a week ago, I haven’t be able put myself to either renew (too expensive) or sign up for a new membership at a more budget friendly facility. I gave myself a time to reflect why I am procrastinating to do this…because I hate feeling bad about myself. I want to believe, at least, I’m not that lazy to label myself a procrastinator.

Why I’m not signing up for a gym membership

Saving Money. My former gym membership costs whooping $852 per year (previously I had a trial 3-month membership for $36). I have a health insurance to reimbursement up to $300 per year.  As much as I loved the gym, the cost is way too much. Then, there is a gym near by house that only costs $188 per year. I could sign up for this and get 100% of the cost reimbursed. So why not? I’m still hesitant because I know so many people forget or doesn’t qualify to get the reimbursement. In other words, this is not a guarantee freebie.

And…spring is coming. No fun running on a treadmill indoor when I can do the same thing under the sun. Winter time, it’s more pleasant to be indoor. But for next six months or so I don’t want to pay to be under fluorescent light.

So What’s my alternative solution?

I figure I’m forgiven if I can burn same amount of calories at the gym elsewhere. My weekly goal was 1000 calories a week. I can burn about 100 calories walking each dog every time. I can burn other 150 calories or so if I do a quick trail walk during lunch hours at work. And if I ride my bicycle to work..that’s about 800 calories per round-trip.  It’s going to be little hard to do all that first couple weeks of April…still cold and I hear there’s going to be some snow next week (grrrr)…but I can definitely burn 1000 calories a week starting May. Maybe I’ll re-consider joining a gym in the late fall…I might get lucky and find another $36 for 3 month gym membership via Groupon.

My Point

Here is the thing. When you don’t want to do certain thing, and you know you are procrastinating, take a little time to think other things that you WANT to do that accomplishes the same goal…because you know there is always another way.

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