Quitters Can Be Winners!

health, fitness, running, humor, going to the gym, Modern PhilosopherI went to the gym for the first time in over a year and a half today, Modern Philosophers.

I didn’t realize it had been that long, but my last day at the facility was listed right there on the form they gave me when I canceled my membership.

That’s right.  When I finally go to the gym for the first time in an eternity, it’s not to work out, but rather, to put an end to a relationship that simply was not working.

And I feel like a winner!

Sure, usually when you give up on a gym membership, you are admitting defeat.  After all, quitters never win.

At least that was the lie I’ve been told.

But I am here to tell you that quitters do win.  I was wasting money on that gym membership, always keeping it in place because I was certain I’d go back and I didn’t want to give up such a great monthly rate.

That being said, for the last ten months, I’ve been running five days a week and lifting weights in the basement bunker.  My not going to the gym hasn’t hurt me at all in the health and fitness department.

health, fitness, running, humor, going to the gym, Modern PhilosopherIn fact, I’ve come to enjoy running much more when it’s done out on the open road, rather than inside on a treadmill.

I don’t like treadmills.

You know how I feel about The Machines and their plot to enslave us in The Robot Apocalypse.  Whenever I was on one of those treacherous treadmills, I could sense it was trying to control me.  All those flashing lights and numbers, egging me on to go faster, implying I wasn’t working hard enough.

Since I’ve been running on a regular basis, I’ve come to find peace out on the road.  I can be alone with my thoughts.  I push myself when I’m ready for a challenge.  I seek out new running routes on a whim.  I answer to no one other than my own desire to push myself a little harder in my quest for personal wellness.

In other words, I’m never going back to the gym, where I’d feel like a prisoner trapped with all the sweaty automatons blindly following the pace set for them by The Machines.

So today, this quitter earned his freedom.

And also freed up a little cash in the monthly budget at a time when money is tight.

health, fitness, running, humor, going to the gym, Modern PhilosopherDon’t get me wrong, there was a time when the gym was good to me.  Back when Rachel was still here, she’d drag me to the gym all the time, and I lost 50 lbs.

Sure, it helps when your gorgeous, twentysomething girlfriend is urging you to work out with her.  I mean, why the hell would I ever say no to that?

The last time I went to the gym was with Melissa during her last visit from Ireland.

I’m fine with the gym when there is a beautiful partner to distract me from how much I loathe the place.

But when I’m on my own, which seems to be the constant state of my life these days, I’m all about the world outside the gym.

So today I took a stand and proudly quit.

The same day that I hit Level 3 on the Wellness app we are using at work.  In one month, I jumped three levels.  The goal is to get to Level 4 by the end of the third month.

Clearly, my workout plan is working.

health, fitness, running, humor, going to the gym, Modern PhilosopherSomehow, I’ve managed to keep up my running program for ten months.  Despite the cold, snowy Maine winter, I’ve still been out there five days a week.

Who needs a dreadful treadmill when the road is always out there?

Just calling to me.

Free of charge.

I was a quitter today, Modern Philosophers, and I feel absolutely awesome about that!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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6 Responses to Quitters Can Be Winners!

  1. So many people underestimate the value of chin ups and push ups. Every day at the gym I see a few people who would be better off if they quit the gym and just walked to the gym and back home until they lost enough weight to perform harder exercises.

  2. markbialczak says:

    Smart move, Austin! Glad you’re feeling so good.

  3. Kyla Matton Osborne says:

    Reblogged this on 24 Carrot Diet and commented:
    Quitting. Opting out. Going rogue. Do these expressions signal failure in your mind? If so, I hope you’ll hop on over to The Return of the Modern Philosopher to check out Austin’s post about quitting the gym.

    Following the trend or doing what’s expected is not always the right thing for you. And when it’s not, quitting can actually be healthier than trying to stick with it.

    But if you’ve heard all your life that quitters never win, and you’ve been made to feel guilty when you choose to opt out of an activity after starting it, you may be wasting time and money. Austin shares how he’d been paying for a gym membership he wasn’t using, and why he finally decided to quit.

    Remember that life isn’t one size fits all. Not everyone is made for the gym, or spin class, or hot yoga. Some of us prefer to get our exercise by taking long walks and working in the garden. And as long as we’re staying fit, that’s OK! Do what works for you, and feel good about it. Don’t let anyone – not even yourself – guilt you into sticking with a diet or exercise plan that isn’t working for you. Be an individual, and be comfortable with doing things your own way.

    As always with reblogged content, please click through to the original blog post to read the rest. And please, if you have a comment, leave it with Austin. Thanks!

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