When I first started going in 2008, Y time was my time. It was the only time during the day that I was assured conversation with other adults, and the only time during the day that was completely my own. I left the house without having to strap someone into a carseat, and I got out of the car with both arms swinging.
And for the next two years I was a faithful member. I went to Spinning class at least once a week, and I went to aerobics classes at least three times a week. Then I started getting in to Zumba, and I even tried swimming once or twice. It was a great place, and I was glad to support it.
But my needs changed. As the kids got older and as I started working part-time outside of the house, I wasn't as desperate for my time. I could get that other places. And I felt like I had my fitness under control. I knew how much I needed to exercise, and what kind of exercising I needed to do, to keep myself healthy.
So about 9 months ago I decided that I was going to take care of exercise myself. I pulled out the Pilates DVDs again, and downloaded Week 1/Day 1 of Couch to 5K. I ran my first 5K last May and in June I started learning to run again, but barefoot.
Now I try to run at least 2 5Ks a week plus one long run as I train for my first 10K.
My body isn't as tough and toned as it was when I was going to the gym everyday, but that's OK. I really like running, and I really like knowing that I can keep myself healthy on my own.