I am happy to announce that Jess and I have finally arrived in Pittsburgh! Our home is absolutely wonderful--great area, lots of space, park for Pita, fab neighbors, etc. I am super happy to be in my new city and looking forward to it becoming just as great a place to call home as Michigan. For the past two weeks or so I have taken advantage of exploring the 'burgh and I am finding that it will be a great fit for me. (And hopefully for Jess!) One of the coolest things about Pittsburgh is that it's organized by neighborhood. Yes, it has your standard downtown with big buildings and people rushing around, but it is also home to many little downtowns, streets of shops and restaurants with their own unique feel. There are young neighborhoods, mixed neighborhoods, gay neighborhoods, hipster neighborhoods, fancy neighborhoods, and (of course) just 'hoods. It wouldn't be a city without some struggle, eh?
In any case, I am glad to be here and look forward to doing a bit of writing before my program starts up. Hopefully my next post will be about a little incident we had involving Pita. Actually, it didn't really involve her at all, just her looks and the fact that they are suggestive of her (likely) pit bull heritage. As a preview I will say Jess and I were sad and mad, but it all worked out. However, it inspired me to do a little more research about rights and rules regarding breed specific regulations. So! More on that later!
I joined a gym yesterday--LA Fitness, formerly Urban Active. I told myself (and Jess) that I wouldn't be joining a gym til I was sure I had time. Then I remembered that even if I don't have time, I feel like there is a hole in my heart if I don't belong to a gym. The start-up fees were hefty: a $140 joining fee and also the first and last month's monthly fee ($40 each). The gym is a dream though! It has all the amazing amenities of my previous gym (shout out WCC Health and Fitness Center!) and a lower monthly cost--approximately half to be precise. So that is fly. There is a pool, but it is 22 yards and they keep it around 80F. (Swimmers: word, I know. I won't be using it for fitness purposes. Also, how the hell do you keep track of yardage?) I am also pleased with the selection of machines, number of Spin classes, presence of yoga classes, towel service, and general young feel of the place. Additionally, they have this place called "Cardio Theater." I have never seen anything like it. They play a movie each day in a dark, cool room and there are about 20 cardio machines in there. Stacked, like in a movie theater. So you can run and watch a movie. WHAT?! So cool.
This morning I have my 'fitness assessment,' which I am dreading. In terms of fitness personas, I have always identified as a former athlete/athlete. I work out to feel powerful and fierce. I have never had a perfect bod, so I abandoned that goal long ago. My body right now, though, is so out of shape that it's pitiful. I was explaining to the guy doing my 'intake interview' yesterday that I don't feel like I can tell my patients to work out unless I do the same. Also, I fucking miss having defined muscles. So: back to the gym I go. I am a little nervous for this assessment; the guy doing it is a total meathead. I met him yesterday. He has NO neck. And he was eating a tupperware of ground beef. Yikes. Hopefully he doesn't break my spirit. Or maybe he should. Good thing I got my new Lululemons to make me feel powerful/chic.
Also, a makeup review soon. I am now a glossybox gal and plan on being diligent about the reviews. Note: I said PLAN on being diligent.