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Becoming a Gym Regular

by Meghann on June 1, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

Today was a good day to sweat.


60 minute spin class followed by NROLFW 1A. Glorious. πŸ™‚

They’re starting to recognize me at the Y. The lady who takes my card knows my name and has the gist of my routine town and the spin instructor was questioning why I was there early today because it was out of the ordinary for me. I told him if they offered more 6:30am spinning classes then I would be there at 6:30am more often. πŸ˜‰

The gym was followed by a big bowl of cereal for breakfast.


  • 1/2 cup Kix
  • 1/2 cup Kashi Golden Goddess
  • 1/4 cup Back to Nature Granola
  • Plain Chobani
  • Pineapple





Callie went in labor this morning! It’s baby day! Congrats friends!!

City Bike Tampa just released their June dates for the next Urban Restaurant Tour at the end of this month. Anyone interested?!?!

Last week I had a bad run-in with the scale. I wrote a really emotional post, but never published it. Yesterday I rewrote the post and have it scheduled to go up this afternoon. It’s still emotional and raw, but I think it’s some thing worth sharing. I just wanted to give a heads up for anyone who are sensitive with the scale topic to kindly skip reading this afternoon.

That is all.


1 Kara June 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

They always knew me at the gym when I used to go. πŸ™‚ I miss going to the gym, but not enough to find and pay for a new gym that actually has childcare.

I look forward to your post this afternoon and I think it’s only going to confirm that I’m a genius for not owning a scale.
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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

Hehe don’t you feel welcome now that you’re a “regular”? πŸ˜› I’m looking forward to reading your post this afternoon! Sometimes I think the best way to get over things like that is just to get your feelings out. πŸ™‚
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3 Anastasia June 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

I love when people at the gym remember me. It makes me proud that I go enough for them to know who I am! :]
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4 Hope June 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

That is one delicious bowl of cereal! πŸ™‚ Great way to start a morning!
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5 Angela June 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

I love being a regular at the gym!
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6 Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

so many babies! I am getting major baby fever lately, but I need to cool that down for the next 3 years while I finish school πŸ˜›

7 Morgan @ Life After Bagels June 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

or I could just bring a baby to class with me, but I’m not sure my 18 year old classmates would like it, they kind of already think I’m old and I’m only 26!!!
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8 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

I love when the people at the gym actually recognize me! It makes me feel like I belong to something bigger than just an exercise class or the treadmill πŸ™‚

Congrats to your friend!

I can’t wait to read your blog post this afternoon.
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9 Michelle June 1, 2011 at 9:26 am

When I belonged to the Y, the lady knew my name too. It was always such a welcoming and supportive environment.

I look forward to your post later today. The scale is something that scares us all…
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10 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat June 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Good work on this morning’s workout! I can’t wait to belong to a gym again–the community aspect is a huge motivator!

I’m really interested to read your post this afternoon. Like every other girl, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the scale and I’m looking forward to reading your perspective.
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11 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

Congrats to Callie! πŸ™‚

So sorry you had a tough time with the scale I look forward to reading your post and I am positive that you can move beyond it.

You are such a strong beautiful woman, don’t let numbers define you!

12 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love when the gym employees know me right away — they don’t even ask to see my card! I haven’t been there forever since I’ve been running outside, but once I start weights again this summer I’ll be there most mornings.
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13 Krystina (Organically Me) June 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

I liked it when people at my gym knew me, but my rec center at school is so huge that I get lost in a crowd. I’m looking forward to this afternoon’s post.
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14 Heather June 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

I think you have been looking wonderful and HEALTHY lately. The scale is JUST A NUMBER. and Muscle weighs more than fat!

15 Courtney June 1, 2011 at 9:44 am

It feels so good to be recognized by others in the gym! I recently enrolled in a YMCA and they’re already picking up on my schedule. The friendliness makes it that much easier to get in there and go. πŸ™‚
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16 Kristen @ SEO Runner June 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Your breakfast always looks marvelous!

I’m looking forward to following your progress, and thanks for the head’s up on this afternoon’s post.

I’ve been wanting to do City Bike Tampa and both dates are open so far. Hopefully I’ll be out for one if not both!

As for Baby Day, it really is, one of my friends went into labor this morning too πŸ™‚
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17 Meghann June 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

I signed up for the June 30th one. Did you end up signing up?

18 Candi June 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

SOOOO interested in the Urban Restaurant Tour!!! If we had known about it we would have done it last month, too! Bikes + Food is right up our alley. And Ybor is a really neat place to explore.

The lady at the front desk of my gym always greets me with: “Candi! How’s my coffee girl?!”
I work at Starbucks. When I first joined I gave the gym a bunch of lbs of coffee that I had accumulated and wasn’t going to use. I guess it must have left an impression πŸ˜‰
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19 Gina @Runningtothekitchen June 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

I wish I lived in Tampa, I’d be all for that bike tour.
Glad you decided to publish the scale post, I’m looking forward to hearing your perspective on it.
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20 Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep June 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

I love being a regular at the Y, and I’ve created so many friendships over the years with the members and the staff. And now I’m a staff member too. If I’m going to be a regular anywhere, the gym is the best place!

I look forward to reading your post about the scale. Exposing that side of yourself will make you feel so much better to get it out there.
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21 Alaina June 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

I really need to use my gym membership more often. It seems daunting to have to take 2 buses to get there. Hopefully I’ll get into enough of a routine that it’ll be easy.
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22 Holly June 1, 2011 at 10:24 am

I’m definitely a recognizable gym regular during the winter, but once April rolls around I take my workouts outside again–I haven’t visited my gym since the end of March probably but my workouts have stayed very consistent!

However, I need to get back on the gym wagon a bit this summer to visit those weights…I’ve kind of let strength training slide to the back burner. Woops.

I look forward to your post this afternoon–honesty and vulnerability make a blog so personal and very enjoyable to read! Not to mention it is good for us to be open and honest about things that concern us to receive the support we need. πŸ™‚
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23 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’ve been going to the same gym and I am starting to recognize the same people and the employees!
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24 Katherine: Unemployed June 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

congrats to the baby mama and to you for being a regular
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25 Melissa June 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

love the fall race shirt,a little irrelevant, but thought I would throw it in there!
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26 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates June 1, 2011 at 10:43 am

Today I woke up and exercised for the first time ever. It was rough, but I’m going to try and keep it up!!
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27 Chrissie June 1, 2011 at 11:02 am

I’m totally down for urban restaurant tour!!!!

28 Meghann June 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

Sign up for the June 30th tour!!

29 Alyssa June 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

Ah, I loved when people used to recognize me at school for always being at the gym. Makes it that much more worth it πŸ™‚

30 Emily @ Savory and Savage June 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

I can’t wait to get back to regular gym visits next week.

I will check back this afternoon – I am eager to read your afternoon post.
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31 Abbey June 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

That’s awesome that they recognize you at the gym now. It is a great motivator when people expect you to be there!

What kind of shorts do you buy to workout in? I always have issues with my shorts riding up but sometimes it is just to hot in the summer not to wear shorts!

32 Meghann June 2, 2011 at 11:35 am

Those were Brooks compression shorts. I’m a total florida girl – I find it hard to wear anything but shorts – especially in the summertime!

33 Samantha June 1, 2011 at 11:26 am

Haha I love when the people at the gym start to recognize my face and remember my name! How do you feel about it? And I wish I lived in Florida so I could do the Urban Restaurant Tour — it looks like so much fun!

I’ll be back this afternoon — I’ve been following on Twitter, wondering if you were going to post the article. We’re here for you!
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34 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy June 1, 2011 at 11:33 am

I thought that the people at my gym would recognize me by now, but every time I forget my card (which is a little too often), they still ask me for my name so they can type it in the computer. Although a few of the front desk people let me walk right in if I forget my card…so I guess some of them do know me. It’s kind of nice being a regular when it’s at a place that promotes health. The guy at Subway used to know my sandwich…and that’s a little embarrassing :)!
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35 Whitney @ My Life.My Heart. My Journey. June 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

I think it’s great you’re posting it! We’ve all struggled, and continue to struggle, with the idea of weight and our bodies. Sometimes people need to be grounded a little bit and realize, it’s just not the end of the world. I can’t wait to read it!

36 Amy @ Conquering Self June 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

I always love getting inspiration from your breakfast combos…today’s looks so yummy!
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37 Lauren @ LaDolcePita June 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

I also had a bad day with the scale yesterday. I woke up this morning and made the conscious decision to not let it affect me anymore…lots of years of hard work getting to the point where I am able to forget & move forward, but worth it. I hope you are feeling better, and looking forward to reading your post later.
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38 Faith @ lovelyascharged June 1, 2011 at 11:55 am

That’s funny – I had quite the emotional revelation with the scale yesterday as well…it led me to realize that I don’t want the dang thing in my life, and I just wrote my own post today about ditching the scale entirely for the month of June. It’s fairly scary, but I hate the attachment to that stupid number that doesnt mean anything anyways! Can’t wait to read what you have to say about it.
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39 ~Jessica~ June 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Looking forward to the later post: I think you’re brave and courageous to share your story, and I’d imagine there will be nothing but positive responses because you write so well and display such honesty and integrity in your posts.

I look up to you a lot: your half-Ironman training plan looks flawless to me and I have no doubt you’ll put in a brilliant performance.

The peeps at my gym know me so well they give me a band to let me in for a specific class before I even ask at the reception desk…they also know my club booking number off by heart!

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40 Grace June 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Oh no…the scale. We’re frenemies.
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41 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free June 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

I love getting to the gym in the morning it makes the day so much better. I look forward to reading your post this afternoon!
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42 Coach Brian June 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Hey! You’re shirt’s on backwards!

Haha. Couldn’t resist being a butt.

43 Bridget June 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I just started NROWL and I thought I was in pretty decent shape. The soreness I felt this week proves otherwise.

Do you feel as B-A as I do lifting the heavy weights?

44 Ryane June 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hi Meghann!!

I remember a little while back, you made shirts for you and Derek for a road race you were doing together… I can’t recall the exact message, and thought it was cute! I’m making shirts for my boyfriend and I but am having trouble coming up with something funny to put on them regarding running as a couple – have you seen some good ideas out there??

45 Meghann June 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Here’s the link to the post with the shirts

I need to start taking photos of cute running couple shirts during races so I can remember! when i’m forced to be creative on my own I forget all about them! lol

46 Cat @ Breakfast to Bed June 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Are you not IN LOVE with Golden Goddess? I can’t get enough. It’s my new crack. I crave it all the time. Thank God for coupons.
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47 Emilee June 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I’ll do the bike tour with you. That sounds like sooo much fun!!!!
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48 kristen.tate June 3, 2011 at 12:20 am

Hey! I am a daily runner (not without much effort) so keep it up! If you are looking for a few tricks, I accidentally stumbled upon Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club and after a few classes my speed and endurance in my regular running routine was already showing improvement. Boxing training seriously boosted my running skills!

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