Resolutions, Etc.

Like most people do this time of year, I sat down and made a few resolutions for the new year. At the top of the list was to lose weight and join yet another gym. Right after we bought this house, we joined the “Y.” We’d both belonged to a nice gym near our other home and went almost every day, but then, when we were caught without a house for a while when four different contracts on our former home failed — after we’d already shipped our furniture and belongings south — we ended up staying in our RV for five whole months, and believe me, joining a gym was the last thing on our minds. What a crazy time that was!

But things worked out finally, after we bought this house, the other one actually sold, and closed, so we felt that we could settle down at last. That’s when we joined the “Y.” We both went a number of times, but well… Is it a bit sacrilegious to admit that you don’t like the “Y?”  The problem we found with it is that it’s too darned popular. No matter what time of day — early, middle of the day, or late in the day — there were always more people in there than you could shake a stick at, and I personally could never use the weight machines I wanted to use. Most of the time I was there, I spent on the treadmill, feeling like a hamster in a wheel with all the other hamsters lined up in a row, staring at the bank of televisions mounted near the ceiling. And for some strange reason, I could never quite get the stair machines to work for me. No good place to stretch after a workout either. Maybe it was just me. Other people there seemed to love it, and believe me, there are a lot of other people there!

I tried going to the other “Y” in the back of The Woodlands, but that didn’t do either. If possible, it was even more crowded than the other one. So we gave up. That experiment didn’t work. We probably should have stuck it out longer, but we were just frustrated and sort of cranky about the whole thing by that point. So now, we’ll be checking out other options. Wish us luck.

One of my other resolutions is to post on the blog every day, which some of you probably have noticed by now, that I generally always do. I would greatly appreciate any input, insights, or suggestions you may have for keeping this neighborhood blog current and interesting. I have some ideas for posts this month, and I’m always, always open for suggestions. You can either email me or leave a comment. My email address is

Thanks to all of our friends and neighbors here for making us feel so welcome and a part of this wonderful neighborhood. Here’s hoping we all see only positive changes in the year ahead. Happy New Year to you all!

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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One Response to Resolutions, Etc.

  1. Joyce says:

    There is a fitness center in the old Kroger’s shopping center.

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