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Persistance pays out again
So you guys remember how I was upset because the Jenolan Gatehouse room rate had doubled from $30/night to $60/night in the time between me enquiring, and contacting them again to book?

Well, I explained my situation to them on the phone last week and asked to negotiate with the accomodation manager there. My phone has been really funky lately... I had a return phone call from that number on Friday afternoon but I'd missed it, as I was on the way home from work at the time. Apparently no message was left.

Today my phone finally gave itself some kind of digital ass-kicking and went, "oh! Shit! By the way, you've got a voicemail from, like, last Friday... hurr hurr... :B"

And it was from the Jenolan accomodation manager, who is letting me have the room for the four nights I wanted at the original rate. One single phone call saved me a hundred and twenty dollars. Or at least it will, when she calls me back, because I just called her, she was on break, and so we're still playing phone tag.


In other news, someone on brisneyland posted an entry asking about gyms in Brisbane. My reply was slightly off-topic, but I've seen so many friends join gyms (against good advice) and then kick themselves a few months later when they realise they hate it but they're tied to a contract... and yes, I'm one of those people myself, from way back... so I thought this was worth saying. And if it's worth saying on Brisneyland, it's worth saying here:

"I know this isn't what you're asking, but as someone who lost 25 kilos in a year, I can tell you this: gyms didn't work for me. They don't work for a lot of people. The atmosphere can be awkward and uncomfortable if you're in any way shy or body-conscious and not only do you have to motivate yourself to excercise, you have to motivate yourself to actually GET there. I've known countless people who've joined up and then found themselves stuck in expensive contracts long after they've decided that gyms aren't for them.

What worked for me was just walking, briskly, roughly 6 kilometers (approx an hour's worth) every day. It's good, natural cardio and from the moment you step out the door to the moment you arrive home, not a second of workout time is wasted.

Rather than spending fifteen minutes getting to a gym, half an hour of excercise interspersed with waiting for your turn on sweaty machines, and fifteen minutes getting back home to wind up with LESS excercise than you'd get wandering about in the great outdoors for that time, you can walk anywhere, anytime, and it's absolutely free. These days I include my walk in my daily routine by walking home from work (from Taringa to Kenmore). It costs nothing, saves me public transport money and I feel great. The same trip by bus in afternoon traffic takes almost half an hour anyway!

That's my 2c, hope it helps. I'd hate to see another person put off the overall idea of fitness just because of the limited and expensive nature of gyms. Save your money and buy an iPod to take on your walks instead.

(Gym fans, forgive me - I know it's totes awesome for some of you, I've just found it's not for everyone!) "

End comment, but I should've added that a stretching / yoga regime would be good (and free) too... crawling about in the tunnels under Coopers Plains, I couldn't help but notice that my strength is good but my flexibility is shot to shit.
4 have fought ~ fight the power!
stokerbramwell From: stokerbramwell Date: August 12th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Here here! Running Vampire Bat and I endorse your sentiments wholeheartedly!

Being a compulsive pacer is probably the sole reason I'm in as good a shape as I am.
From: niqaeli Date: August 12th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Your point was a good one to make, but not everyone can walk their way fit: serious walking is a lot higher impact than people realise -- people think about *running* as the high impact thing. But someone with joint issues may not be able to walk for longer distances as a long-term exercise thing.

I know this because I have joint issues as do many of my friends. Me, now, I can walk and hike pretty comfortably for several hours, as long as I haven't been at work or cleaning for a day or so. But I can't run except to sprint and honestly the best, most comfortable cardio I can do is swimming and that's generally the cardio recommended for anyone with joint issues. Which usually means a gym or something like that for most folk.
whyrl From: whyrl Date: August 12th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
I've been going to the gym twice a week for two years now. I can bench 100kg and I still have a beer gut. Sigh. ;>

Cardio machines are boring. Weights are fun, though.
ranshire From: ranshire Date: August 13th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, my friend has a gym membership but she hasn't gone in over a year and says pretty much you did: it's hard to get motivated. I kept telling her that if she kept her membership she might as well go, or get out and try something else. I believe that she's going with the latter since she and a friend are going to take up belly dancing...although she still hasn't quit the 24, she just doesn't go!

I go to the gym, but I learned even before signing up that it wasn't for everyone. For instance, I lost most of my weight, all 25 lbs of it, months before I actually joined. I just ate better (it's handy having a job so I can pay for my own food) and did light exercises every night or morning (or walked). I joined because they had heavier and better stuff than I could afford.

I've never used a trainer; I either looked up stuff online or I watched people who seemed to know what they were doing. I have since then gained 5 lbs, but when I look in a mirror I see that it's muscle, which is what I was goin' for! Better metabolism here I come!

I wouldn't say that I'm a "fan," per say. If I had the room I would probably get a Boeflex or something like that since it would save me in gas and it would be right there!

Anyway, wonderfully true post, and thanks for sharing!
4 have fought ~ fight the power!