Working (Out) For the Money!

I’m abnormally bad at going to the gym. When Dave and I were first dating, I made him upgrade his gym membership so I could go with him, and then probably went a paltry 5 times or so. Then this past spring, when I was all into the Shred, I joined a different local gym with Dave, paid for 2 years up front in cash, and then didn’t go from the months of May until November.

I, as they say in French, le suck.

Anylazyass, I knew that I needed to go more. My body was not what it used to be, and I was not happy with it at all. I also got a major kick in the pants when I started doing Where in the World Wednesday, and used this as my first picture:

That was taken in March 2008 (at the Dead Sea in Israel). My body does not look like that anymore. And yes, I’m still “skinny”. But I don’t like how my body looks. I am not muscular. I am not toned. I am not in shape. So please, if you have a comment about how I don’t need to work out, or I should be thankful that I’m thin, keep it to yourself, thanks.

With this all being said, a wedding coming up in T-4 months, and a gym membership going to waste, I decided to get it in gear, kick myself into action, etc. I started packing my gym bag and leaving it in my car, so that when I get home from work, there’s no excuse for me not to go. (Cause if I have to go home first after work to get my gym stuff? There’s no way I’m going to be leaving my house again.) And it’s been working! I’ve headed to the gym right after work, and gotten in a good workout each time. Buff bride here I come!

I have to admit though, that there is another reason to why I’ve jump started my gym visits again, other than my health (and attachment to the body I see in the aforementioned picture.) If I complete 50 gym visits in the span of 6 months, I get a $200 kickback from my insurance company, as well as an additional $50 from my employer. $250. Which is basically the cost of 1 year at my gym. So, from November 23, 2009 – May 23, 2010, I am striving for 50 gym visits. And I’m also not going to punk out and swipe into my gym, hang for 10 minutes and then leave. (Even though I could… I mean they’re checking visits, not time spent… but I’m not going to cheat.) As of today I’ve gone 4 times since November 23, and I’m going to try and go an average of 2-3 times a week to meet this goal. I don’t want to be scrambling the last two weeks of the deadline, having to go every day or something.

I’ve added a little tally on the sidebar there ——> to keep track of my progress. (I also have an official sheet from the insurance company by my desk at work.) I’m already looking forward to working out, which is a huge difference from a few weeks ago, when Dave couldn’t pay me to go to the gym. Hopefully, even if I don’t get back to the body I used to have, I’ll be healthier AND richer. ๐Ÿ™‚

4 down, 46 to go!


  1. that's awesome you can get money back from going so often. if i had that as incentive i would definitely go too!

  2. This is awesome. And EVERYONE has the right to want to improve their fitness, not just overweight people. So, good luck! And I hope you get that cash.

  3. I am such a slacker if I don't have something to work towards! I think it's such a smart incentive to have people get $$ back if they go to the gym enough.

    Lord knows I wouldn't be running at ALL, let alone 3x a week if I didn't have a race to train for.

    And I'm only doing that because it gives me an excuse to fly to CA. :p

  4. Good for you! If I go after work (which is often because I hate getting up early when it's cold out!) I must pack my gym bag & leave right from work. No going home, no changing into comfy clothes & no collapsing on the couch!

  5. Dude, that's awesome! I would go to the gym for $250 and I HATE the gym. Good for you for finding the motivation to go.

  6. thatShortChick says

    good luck with your new exercise regime! besides looking amazing in your wedding gown, getting $250 is an awesome incentive.

  7. That's an awesome incentive to help you stay motivated. Good job on keeping it up so far!

  8. I wish I had that health insurance! $200? That's great. That would definitely motivate me too.

  9. That Kind of Girl says

    Smart insurance company! That's brilliant incentive! And good for you, staying motivated, dude.

  10. Wearing Mascara says

    That's awesome that you can get $ back for going to the gym! Keep it up girl! That's so awesome!

    Love the Dead Sea pic ๐Ÿ™‚ It takes me back to my trip!

  11. Woohoo! I use to pack my bag too. It helped so much. And I too will get the "oh you are already skinny" To that I always say I know where I feel good about my body and I known I've been there before! Good luck girlie! Get that $250 ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. nicoleantoinette says

    Um…. $250? For going to the gym? This is basically the greatest thing ever. Except for cheese. But maybe those are mutually exclusive things. I don't know, I haven't done the research.

  13. That's such an awesome motivation. That'll make me go the gym in a heart beat too, I'm that lazy of a person. Good luck on being healthier and toner, wish you lots of fun in the process ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. The Novelista Barista says

    i wish my job would pay me to do that!

  15. i am in the exact same boat…except no kickback from my insurance…damn. but anyway, i just bought the 28 day shapeover and i love it! i too am 'skinny' but not toned and suck at getting myself to work out. this is an awesome way to know what i should actually be doing rather than wandering the gym like a drunk child. plus, the cardio is all in intervals, so it keeps it exciting…which is great b/c i get really bored with cardio. ok i'm starting to sound like i work for the company or something (which i don't haha) but i highly recommend!


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