There were two really difficult sacrifices I had to make when we decided to leave Utah. One was my favorite grocery store, WINCO, the other was leaving behind my gym.
I have worked out at the new Pleasant Grove recreation center since it opened a few years ago, and I was in love with it. It was part of my routine. There were so many benefits! Close to home! Family friendly! Inexpensive! Clean! New! You can see why I was struggling with the thought of leaving it behind.
As we now know, when we do what Heavenly Father asks us to do (move away from our beloved grocery store and gym), we know he is going to give us something better. I guess I had my doubts that he would know how important this was to me, and I was just going to have to suck it up and cut my losses. Silly me.
Just a few minutes from my new house is the most beautiful gym I have ever seen. Looking from the outside you would think it was a fancy-schmancy health club, but turns out, it is the Bellevue Community YMCA. When I asked a few people in the ward where they worked out, they seriously gushed about this place. Being from Utah where they don't have YMCA's, I had no idea how great it could be. I have heard that not all YMCA's are this awesome, but this one definitely is.
After looking into it, it is quite a bit more expensive than the PG Rec, but what isn't more expensive out here? Oh yeah, nothing.
Boy oh boy, though, you get what you pay for! It is AMAZING! The best part is that you can have up to 2 hours each day of FREE childcare while you work out! The daycare area is also BEAUTIFUL! It is separated into 3 different areas by age, they have lots of friendly staff, an outdoor fenced play area, and a very secure system of making sure your kid doesn't go home with someone they don't belong to.
The other perks:
- Tons of machines, so there is always one available. Each machine has it's OWN TV attached. (This is huge because the best way for me to power through a 50-minute workout is to watch a good show.)
- Great family-friendly indoor pool
- Physical therapy & massage therapy on-site (for additional cost, of course, but still it's available!)
- 3 studios with different classes going 14 hours each day! (I can't wait to try Danceblast, Balletone, yoga, spin, and ballroom dance!)
- All-natural juice bar on-site
- It's not just a gym, but a community center where people come to take music classes, spend time together, etc.
- There are SCRIPTURES on the walls. Seriously.
I could go on and on... but let's just say, I'm not missing the PG Rec at all anymore. :)
I went to work out there for the first time last week and it was so great. We had toured the facility on Monday night when I signed up for my pass, and we spent some time at the childcare center. Evelyn had loved it then, so when I brought her back she couldn't get in there fast enough! She ran to the lady in charge (who had shown us around on Monday), and didn't even bother saying goodbye.
After my AWESOME workout, I went to pick her up and she was totally dirty and totally happy. She loved every second of it. Meg, the lady in charge, told me she had played for almost the whole 90 minutes outside (hence being sweaty and dirty), and was perfect the whole time.
I could have broken out in song I was so elated.
I can foresee many good times for Evie and I at the YMCA. The song is right. It is fun.
|Evie's happy, dirty face after playing at the YMCA.|