5 years ago I was sitting in a Starbucks, probably drinking a high calorie latte I can’t remember for sure, and some girls came in passing out flyers for a gym. They were running a special where you could join for $17 bucks. I was 9 months pregnant at the time and pretty much feeling miserable about my body.
Joining a gym seemed like a great idea, it would motivate me after I had the baby! BUT I had very little knowledge on HOW to work out, I was a little scared, so I did what anyone would do. I got a buddy to join with me, my Mom.  A few days later we both went and sign the paper and paid the fees, she got assessed by a trainer while I walked on the treadmill. I vividly remember looking at myself in the mirror next to the treadmills and wondering what had happened to my body. It was upsetting for sure, but I thought at least I was taking the first step towards fixing it.

A month or so later I had Madison, had to wait 6 weeks to be cleared by the doctor, and then I got myself to the gym. My attendance was sporadic at best and my workouts not nearly effective. I was intimidated to try the classes at my size so I stuck to the treadmill and the machines. I only went when my Mom or sister could watch Madison.

A few weeks later I was invited to a boot camp {not at the gym} and started going there 3x a week at night when Oliver got home.  Being in an instructor led setting really taught me different and more effective ways to workout. I learned a lot, had fun doing it, and didn’t go back to the gym for about a year. I took up running during this time also. I really tried to workout at home, but I just hate it. I hate sweating on my floor and I don't feel like I push myself as hard.

Boot camp ended and I was running about 5x a week training for a half, I was starting to lose motivation and only running was burning me out. I decided to get back to the gym, only one problem. Madison. That girl HATED the nursery, probably because I stayed home and she was always with family so strangers were not her cup of tea. Orrrrr she was just being a brat. I had a hard time effectively working out when I could hear her crying in the nursery, soooo my attendance was still very low.

Weeks later she finally learned it was FUN in there and enjoyed going so it became a routine that we both did daily. I gathered the courage to try out some classes and to actually TALK to some of the regulars. I made friends, which really makes the world of difference in staying motivated to go. If I didn’t show up I would get texts asking where I was. Trying the classes also helped to expand my workout knowledge, I learned so much, I also wasn’t afraid to ask questions if I had them. The instructors are more than willing to help you if you need it, just ask!

5 years later I’m grateful for that day I decided to join even though I was scared. 5 years later I am still excited to go to the gym. 5 years later I’m still learning new things.

Many of you probably have memberships and are not getting your money’s worth from, that’s up to YOU. You get out what you put in, make the effort! It might be worth it. 



  1. Congrats on your gym-iversary! I'm sure it's amazing looking back on your journey and seeing how far you've come.

    I really appreciate your sharing where you started. It's very motivational! I'm pretty much where you were when you started 5 years ago. I just joined the Y, but I'm pretty clueless about how to work out, what I need to be doing, etc.

    I'm really trying to do this though and you're right that I'll get out if it what I put into it and it's on me to figure things out! I'm supposed to meet with a trained today (oy vey). I hope a while from now I can look back and talk about what I accomplished over time.

    Wish me luck!

  2. I love this post! We all start somewhere and it is very intimidating. I have a gym membership and am trying to get consistent with it.

  3. I have joined and quit the gym more times than I can count! And if I added up all the money I spent on gym memberships...and not going, I could kick myself! Happy Gymiversary:)

  4. I totally relate to the gym journey. My daughter went through moments she loved it and moments she hated it. Currently she is trying to get me to lie and say she's older and can go in the workout area with me. I started with cardio, worked my way into new classes and now I've turned into a gym rat, lol. I hope I can keep going when I get pregnant like you have!

  5. You are so freakin awesome! Madison and Adien are lucky to have such an active role model in their lives. Oliver too! ;) Keep on inspiring us! Much Love!

  6. Thanks for your post! I agree - as with most things in life - what you put in determines what you will get out!

    Happy Gym-iversary!

  7. You have no idea how much I needed this today!

  8. thanks for this post! it made me think back on my own reasons for getting healthy.
    good luck in the next few weeks with your new little baby boy! i've always been inspired by you, but you've definitely taken it to the next level throughout your pregnancy. i'm excited to see the next part of your journey!

  9. It's a little bit like going down memory lane with the pictures!

  10. Omg Meg this is so crazy! I have a post schedule for March 6 for my 10 year gym anniversary, so funny! Love it girl. I love following along with you and can't wait to see how you transform after baby #2 <3

  11. Such an inspiration! Thank you!


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