Time to dust off a few cobwebs! It seems I let things lapse again, but not for quite so long this time. For the time being, I still have a file full of unfinished articles for this blog, but with looking for work, living in one of the WORST areas of the NATION for being jobless and seeking work, up against everyone who WAS going to school, but can’t now, because they don’t have the unemployment extension that they needed to finish their coursework. And why? Because their government dropped them on their ass again, all while trying to tell them how wonderful everything is… you know… this isn’t a political blog… If it makes you feel any better, I’m not targeting any political figure, party, or argument. I think they all suck. That’s all I have to say about back.
So, back to weight loss!
I had gotten my weight down to 300 on Thanksgiving morning and had been worried that I was losing it a little too fast So I took the holidays off and enjoyed myself. I’d use the term “binge”, but it makes Eeks nervous, and it’s really just a modern version of the bingeing I used to do. People “binge”, or at least claim to, but they don’t do what I used to do. Obese bingeing, and typical everyday “I’m eating a little more than I normally would and having a nice, fun time doing it” really don’t even resemble each other.
Different or not, my weight shot up to 330 by the beginning of the new year. Today it’s between 300 and 305. It’s been between 300 and 310, occasionally between 300 and 315 for over a month and I feel like it might be dropping below 300 soon. My FLog (Food Log) has become more detailed and in depth, focusing on different areas of my life in different sections of the notebook.
I finally got the chance to check out the gym that I belong to. I’ve been using a gym that’s about a mile from me, but the old gym I had, where I have a paid-up three-year-membership has a location that’s not TOO far away, just pretty far. Since I don’t end up down that way much, and usually not with time to spare, I haven’t had a chance to check it out since I moved down to this area.
I’ve mentioned their name before, and probably will again, but I’m not exactly crazy about this franchise’s apparent owner right now, and he fits into the story fairly well, so I’ll keep their name out of this particular post. I showed up where I’d seen the gym before, across the street from a mall. It still said the name of the gym on the door, but it was obvious the place was empty. No sign explaining anything, either. It looked like they just went out of business.
I looked up their number and tried them. Someone answered. I explained that I’d moved into the area and have a membership with the gym. He asked if I had my key fob. One of the reasons I chose this gym was the 24 hour access. I wasn’t, however, sure I had my key fob on me. I just switched wallets and that was in the old wallet. I thought it might be in the car, but that didn’t mean the key fob stayed in the wallet (one of the reasons I needed a new wallet…).
I didn’t see a problem with this – the gym in question has a policy of being open to visitors. During business hours one of the doors is unlocked (the electronic lock stays in place for members to use their key fob), so if you don’t have the fob, you can walk in and let them know you’re there. It’s one of the features of the fitness chain – that whether you have your key fob or not, you can use any of their gyms across the world as long as it’s business hours. Plus, if you do have your key fob, you can use any of their locations, across the world, any time of the night or day.
This guy’s telling me that’s not the way it works at his gym. The doors stay locked all day, every day. If you don’t have a fob, you don’t get it. How does he attract new customers? Does anyone go to a gym, thinking about signing up perhaps, and upon finding the door locked, knock?
So I tell him I’d like to come in and see him about having my membership records switched over to his franchise. This shouldn’t be a difficult matter. He can’t do it, he’s too busy, and they really don’t have time to go looking up the records, etc… Why does there need to be an argument over this?
So I pressed him over the matter and he tells me he can’t see me until he’s done with his clients. He’s already pointed out that he’s working with one client and two more are waiting. Fine with me, just let me know what time to come in today, and I’ll be there. He tells me to come by at 2PM. Interesting, it was 1:15PM at this point in the conversation.
I called my old gym and let them know what was going on and they told me not to worry, that they’d get my information to him for me. I probed a bit to see if there was an established opinion on this guy. The person I spoke with stammered a bit and didn’t seem to want to say anything. “OK,” I tried, “is he basically just an asshole?” That was met with laughter and a long “Well… “, followed by “I’m not going to tell you he has a reputation as a nice guy.” Great. Sounds about right.
I managed to find my key fob in the car (we named her Christine, because she eats things…), so I let myself in to the gym. I poked my head in the office because I saw someone at the desk. I noticed someone else sitting across from the desk and figured that was the guy I talked to on the phone and this was the client he was working with.
I left them alone and noticed another staff member coming toward me. I told him I called 20 minutes ago and he knew who I was – Ah, THIS was the guy I’d talked to. I let him know I’d found my fob and was going to start my workout, so I wouldn’t likely be ready at two. He said that was fine and I got started with my workout. In the middle of it, he stopped me and said he needed me in the office. It was quick, I’ll give him that, but he was interrupting my workout to have me sign a paper so he could process my transfer. The major rule, he pointed out, was that the door stay locked and nobody lets anyone in, except for him. No, that doesn’t mean he’s the only one allowed to open the door – it means HE’S THE ONLY ONE WE ARE ALLOWED TO LET THROUGH THE DOOR!
Yes, it actually said that on the paper – he’s the only exception. The guy that should be setting the example… OK. And what happens if you ARE a member in the franchise and you forgot your key fob? Knock on the door I guess.
As soon as I signed, Mr. Obnoxious took off – so that’s why he interrupted my workout, he had places to be. On the other hand, one could make the argument that he took time off of his lunch break, after which he probably has two other clients lined up, to make sure my information got transferred. I will say this much for him – he DID have the brains, after what had gone down, to not try to talk me into signing up with a trainer.
It could turn out he’s a really decent guy, only time will tell; thing is, after those encounters with him, and his very confusing way of attracting new clientele, I don’t think I really want to find out. The good news is, I shouldn’t really have to. At a typical gym, unless you know/are friendly with the owner, you don’t have a whole lot of contact with him/her. Even if he’s the out and about type that’s on the floor a lot, I can just put my music on and focus on my workout. That’s all that really matters here.