I have had body issues my entire life really. When I grew up I was a tiny, small, shy kid. But I was never very good at sports. At all. I loved horseback riding and that was really my main activity.
Germany has something called “Bundesjugendspiele”. That’s basically an event where for one day once per year you try to achieve your best in different disciplines. Those disciplines usually include track and field (Running, short and long distance, jumping, throwing stuff, high jump, swimming and what not).
Your performance is tracked on this sheet of paper and you get allocated a certain number of points for your “time” or “distance” or what not. So, for example, if you can jump only 1m far you get 10 points and then the further you jump/the faster you are, the more points you get.
I was so bad in some of these things that I was off the charts bad. I kid you not. These games were my personal humiliation and completely turned me off sports as a pre-teen and as a teenagers later.
I was also the one that would always get picked last in team sports. ALWAYS LAST. The one no one wanted. So you can imagine how much I dig team sports to this day. NOT.
During my teens I got chubby and did zero sports. And then I went to America and got even chubbier. HA. Then I got a drivers license and became really interested in group exercise classes and did a few of them at a local gym, very consistently too, but not really with any goals in mind.
Fast forward through getting anorexia, Guillain Barre syndrome and Bulimia and all of that recovery and I found myself, years later, in Hawaii in university.
One day my girlfriend and I decided to check out 24Hour Fitness and voila, we became members and I really was Miss Consistency with a good mix of weight training and cardio. I did that through my many moves (Hawaii, Oklahoma, New York and finally Boston) I never really had a proper break from the gym until 6 years later or so and I started a new job (AGAIN a job derailed me) and my early morning workouts (AGAIN, I sense a pattern) were thrown off due to my new schedule. It took me a while back then to get back into a habit. A long while. And now I have another deja-vu with the job change in December.
I love the gym. I am a gym person. I don’t like running outside or exercising outside. I don’t like group classes and I don’t like anything that involves competition. I just want to follow a program and get shit done.
I decided to call my local gym and ask if they could cut me a deal on a weekend membership.
Fact: Since I started the new job, I have tried to keep it to my "close to work gym", meaning I try to do all my workouts Monday through Friday. One would think that should be easy peasy, but I have been struggling. Between my partner traveling (and me having to be home and walk the dogs), me being exhausted from my commute and life in general so that getting up at 4:55 wasn't too appealing and what not), I have struggled the last 6 months to get into a proper routine.
Anyway. I emailed my man at the local gym and said "Hey, I love your gym, but you are not open early enough so that I can come before work and I sure as hell won't come after work, since I often don't even get home until 7:15 or 7:30 pm. How about a weekend + holiday membership.
And he said "YES". So he's giving me over 50% off the usually monthly rate. So yes, my "budget" for the gym goes up yet again by a little bit, but I think I will be a lot happier with having Saturday and Sunday at my home gym. That takes some of the pressure off during the week.
I am back on track now! :) Excited.
Hit the gym 3x this week and have the weekend coming up to get to my 4 (possibly 5x).
Drank 1.5 liters of water every day this week (some days even 2). The goal is 2, but 1.5 is a grand improvement already.
My birthday gift to myself arrived and it’s awesome.
So! What about you? How did you experience Bundesjugendspiele, if you are German? What started your journey of going to the gym or physical exercise?