Monday, February 11, 2013

This Week's Project: Gym Shopping

Within a one and a half mile radius of my house there are - count 'em - NINE workout facilities.  Everything from bare-bones gyms to serious iron-pumping sweaty weight rooms filled with guys whose necks are bigger than my thigh, from elaborate fitness centers to women's only clubs and the Y.  There is certainly no shortage of choices here.  In fact I have, at various points in my life, belonged to two of these places.

This week I am starting the process of gym shopping.  Regular workouts need to be a part of not just my post-op life, but also a part of my pre-op life so that I can (a) get into a habit and some type of routine, (b) amp up my metabolism to make the post-op loss more effective, and (c) ward off at least some of the potential extra skin issues.  I know I'm going to have issues with certain areas based on the fact that I've always had problems with them.  My stomach, for example, has been stretched to its limit and will never snap back.  My face will likely fall, too.  I suppose I should start a "plastic surgery fund" for that.  Vain?  Perhaps.  But they're real issues to me, and I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Anyway.  This week's project is shopping for a gym.  If anyone in Buffalo is reading this and either has a recommendation or a membership that allows you to bring a guest, please be in touch.  I'm also interested in personal training, though not at all financially sound enough to actually afford it.  Synergy Bariatrics has an on-site fitness facility to which I will have access after my surgery for a few months, and I plan on taking advantage of that.  But they're 10 miles away, and it's silly to drive 10 miles when I can walk a few blocks.

I'm officially less than two months away from my surgery date now.   I know this time is going to fly, so I need to get on the stick and start making all this other stuff happen!


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