There was a time in my life when I enjoyed tanning and working out. Both were expensive monthly and required daily upkeep. When I married Mr. D and "my" money became "our" money, I had to make a choice between the two. It doesn't take more than half a glance at my chalk white legs to know which one I picked. And to those of you who would say "yes but you cans till tan at some gyms at a discount" you have to remember I have a kid now so THAT is an extra fee in and of itself.
After spending $24/month on a gym pass in Provo, then about $45/mo in pleasant grove (including child care) and a comparable price in Ohio, paying MORE than $100/mo for a gym pass with unlimited child care (and that is a steal compared to most places!) was a tough pill to swallow. That's why it took me so long to finally pick one out (nearly a month was spent without a pass... Gasp!) but let me tell you something.
When I walked out of my gym after a good hour long workout, freshly showered, and with a happy toddler at 9:30am, it felt GOOD. Most days I just come home from the gym and wait for a good time to take a shower (since we usually go home, play, lunch, nap, and play) which usually ends up being around 4 or 5pm.
How have I never used the gym showers before?! They give you towels, shampoo and body wash (not to mention free use of locking lockers) and I am kicking myself for not having discovered this earlier. Sure it cuts into workout time, but seeing as how I have 90 minutes a day of childcare, it certainly wouldn't hurt if half of those days I go (and I go with little d mon-sat) I actually get in a shower before noon instead of an extra 15-30 minutes workout.
I am SO relieved I have solved the problem of "how will I workout and get a shower in with more kids since u can barely get in a shower with one?!"
Totally worth every dime.
Thank you thank you thank you husband, for letting me keep my little piece of selfish spending. I love you for that!!!