First the info:
I joined when the registration fee was waived, so I'm sure they do this a few times a year, but the fee would have been $75. The annual charge is $500, which they spread out evenly over 12 months. So I pay only $41.66 per month (automatically on my credit card)**. And I am pretty sure you can quit at anytime in the year and all charging stops at that point. Also, if you have a valid student ID, the membership is a little less. I think it comes to $35 a month.
The cost of membership includes everything: 24/7 access to the machine room (that's the room I use), and access to everything else during their regular hours: the weight room, classes, swimming pool and sauna. I think it's a great deal.
And now for the pics-
1) I need my Ipod (and I created a special "workout" playlist). I listen to music when I'm on the weight machines but when I'm on the elliptical, I plug the headphones directly into the device on the machine so I can watch one of the 4 TVs. I also bought a special cover to protect it.
2) Spare Keys
3) ID and pony tail holders (I usually start off with my hair however I wore it that day, and end up putting it up when I get too hot)-
4) A lock for the locker room:
5) A bottle of water that I drink and refill at least once while I am there:
When all these things have been gathered, I walk the 2 blocks to my YMCA-
And drumroll please... What do I look like? Well, here are some of my outfits. (I apologize for some of the blurriness, I can't use a flash with the mirror and the non flash setting is very sensitive. I hate this f*in camera...)
This is from 10/04/06, just shortly after I started going. (Here I weighed 194.2) I can actually see the difference between this pic and the newer pics.
And these are from this past weekend (my WW weigh in from last Monday has me at 182.6, so there is a 12 pound difference between these pics and the above pic)
before I left the house-
Then I threw on my hoodie
By the time I came home, I had finished 3 bottles of water and was in ponytails-
And today 12/10/06
Look closely at this shirt- just under my right boob. That's my name. And if you look further, you will see my grade school love, Billy Mazzella. This is my shirt from 6th grade graduation. How awesome is that?
And I think this is just hysterical. This was from a particularly sweaty session with the elliptical. It's like the Shroud of Turin, but cooler:
I have to admit- I had a really good eyebrow day that day...
**update 01/2013: The Greenpoint YMCA now charges $54 a month! That went up a lot in 6 years!