Gym Cancellation Goal


“I don’t go to a gym. I find that really hard to do.” ~ Sienna Miller

I had high hopes for myself and joined LA Fitness. I went more in my free 2 week trial than I did in my 2 paid months! I called them up to cancel my gym membership to which they informed me that I had to do it in person. Then I was told I could just freeze my account upon trying to do that they said I’d just been billed the day before and would have to pay for that month and hey, freeze it next month. Sigh. Then I was told I could mail in my cancellation, but it would have to received 10 days prior to the day of my billing. Double Sigh. So I had to do the inevitable and just go to the gym to cancel my membership.

After going to someone’s house, I was passing LA Fitness so I decided to take the plunge. I dangled sleeping baby A in her carseat on my arm, held Z’s arm (who had an armful of sparkly bangles attached to it), schlepped through the parking lot, and walked in. We probably stood out from all the sleek and chic gym go-ers. I was wearing a billowy mustard kurta, hot pink chooridaar leggings and accompanied by two little ones. When I made it to the front desk and asked to cancel it, they informed me that the person who I was supposed to talk to was on vacation and to come back another time. I asked if they could leave a message for her so that I wouldn’t have to venture out to the gym with my two children just to cancel my membership, and that it was becoming a big hassle as I couldn’t do it over the phone to which they said sorry they couldn’t and I could try another LA Fitness location.

At this point, I spoke my mind (something I need to get better at). I said it was crazy that I couldn’t cancel it then and there; that I didn’t want to pay for yet another month. I didn’t want to go to the gym again with my 2 children, and to drag them out of the car, just to cancel a membership, that my life is a workout and that I don’t need the gym!

Upon which a man witnessing this spectacle behind the desk ventured, “I’ll cancel it.”

I happily went to the other side of the desk and accomplished my new goal, cancelling my gym membership. As I was exiting I couldn’t help thinking how much workout my biceps were getting as I was dangling baby A’s car seat!

Taking care of these 2 is a workout!

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2 Orange Dresses: stitched by my cousin Asna


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I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

3 responses »

  1. Hi Reem, visiting your blog after a long time. I’m glad you didn’t take no for an answer. After watching A or Z for 15 minutes I am exhausted! Oh and H & I wonder all the time how parents are so strong and have so much energy and patience.

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