Being a New Year’s Resolutioner

by: Kelly Leighton
January 7, 2015

I was never a New Years resolutioner at the gym.

Having grown up a swimmer, I was used to being in and out of gyms. When I moved over to the “other” side of the gym, directly to the elliptical, it was in my parents’ basement. When I went back to college that year, I was just like everyone else back at the gym.

Since then, I’ve belonged to a few gyms, and I’ve been a pretty active goer. If I am not outside running, chances are I am in the pool, taking a spin class, wondering around the weight room or, gulp, running on the treadmill because its just too darn cold outside.

So, this time of year, I get it. It’s super frustrating to show up to an overcrowded gym. It’s annoying to walk into spinning class and realize someone new is on “your” bike … or in “your” lane in the pool … or on “your” treadmill. I’ve always tried to not become too disgruntled. Truthfully, most people give up resolutions within a few weeks, and if not, great for them! Welcome to life as a regular.

However, this year, I am a newbie somewhere else. And it’s scary!


Last week, Tim (my fiancé) and I saw a great deal on groupon for a yoga studio. It’s something we’ve talked about doing for ages, but we always have a million excuses. It’s too expensive, too inconvenient, I’d rather go running or watch Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the couch, etc.

We’ve both sporadically gone to a yoga class (one of our first dates was to one actually!), but it’s nothing that has stuck. Our new-found commitment has nothing to do with New Year’s resolutions, but the groupon just so happens to fall during this time period.

So, on Monday night, we bundled up and climbed the stairs to our first real yoga class in quite some time. And we were the newbies. Everyone was gracious and kind, but I still felt like the awkward kid. Where are the bathrooms? Where do I change? What class should I go to?

Naturally, I decided we should do the harder of the two classes Hatha 2 & 3 rather than Hatha 1. And it was tough. I thought I was in shape, until I realized I can’t reach my toes without bending my knees or have my butt touch my feet during child’s pose.

But, just like running and everything else, it will come with time. I am excited to be a newbie at something else this year.

So, let’s be a little kinder to those New Year’s resolutioners … it may be you next year.

Categories: Fitness

3 thoughts on “Being a New Year’s Resolutioner

  1. Jill on said:

    Do you mind sharing the name of the yoga studio? Also I’m new to the area and love to know where you have found spinning classes…

    • Sara Bozich on said:

      Hi, Jill — Welcome! Kelly purchased this Groupon for Just Plain Yoga (I happened to, also!):

  2. Kelly on said:

    Yep, that’s correct! I take spinning classes at the East Shore Y (they have a few local branches). I highly recommend the gym. Here’s their site:

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