|Why am I soft in the middle? The rest of my life is so hard.
||[Sep. 2nd, 2008|10:16 am]
|||||Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al||]|
Oh heck, my body really has no idea what is going on right now.
I finally got round to joining a gym up here, as I felt as though I was beginning to resemble little else but gelatinous mass, and, though I do still manage to go out running a few times a week, the weather hasn't exactly made that easy, let alone enjoyable. Add to this the fact that jogging around a polluted, built up, hectic, outer London area lacks the same appeal as running along the sea front in Southsea, and you realise why I lacked motivation and struggling to drag myself out regularly.
In Portsmouth I was a member of a tiny, council run gym, which was built onto the side of a school badminton hall. Basic, but functional. And cheap. £20 a month? Yes please! But since moving back to London I found that the basic, functional, council run gyms here would cost me upwards of £50 a month, plus a hefty joining fee. I know this doesn't sound like an awful lot for a gym membership, but these gyms aren't exactly luxurious, and I knew that it would be a matter of weeks before I gave up visiting. Also the closest of these would either be a train/bus journey away, or a 45 minute stroll through the roughest council estate in the area, so I could already feel my enthusiasm waning.
So I joined Esporta! Which, yes, is expensive, but it is also incredible, within 10 minutes walking distance, has an atmosphere which resembles nothing less than a little slice of Nirvana in suburban London, has an amazing array of classes and facilities, and, as if this isn't enough, they now serve Starbucks coffee in the lounge area! Sigh.
The only problem is that my personal trainer lady, as it was her first day yesterday and who, being her first client, worked me so hard I am now struggling to move without every inch of my body screaming in pain. Good pain. Good pain, which means I must have worked hard. But pain, none the less.
I also told her I would try to be in at least four times a week, to which she replied 'I have your mobile number, I'll make sure that happens.'