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After our romantic anniversary dinner, I promptly came home, took a shower, and fell asleep in my bathrobe. Poor Roy. I’m pretty sure taking this picture is his revenge for my lack of romance.

I’m about to say something I never thought I’d say: I’m starting to think a gym membership is unnecessary.

I mean, I know for other people that’s an obvious truth, but for me the weight room is an integral part of stress management.  BUT, I’ve started to change my tune a bit: I blame my new job.

I don’t know how long this job will last, but while it does it has me working some seriously skewed hours and living away from home 4-5 days a week (although, only for the summer).

In an effort to not become a blithering ball of stress-induced anxiety and crying, I’ve had to reconsider my workouts.  The obvious, when I’m out of town is running and swimming.  But when I’m here and working nowhere near my gym until late in the evening I’ve been relying on pay-as-you-go classes at Soul Cycle and yoga studios near where I work with later evening classes  (there’s a Bikram studio by my job that has a 10:15PM class!).  I may not be getting to do as many shoulder presses as I’d like, but the end result is the same: A less cranky Kim.

My gym membership ends in March, and I’m starting to wonder if there’s any real reason to renew it.  Sites like Groupon and Living Social always have deals for local dance studios and yoga classes and lord knows I have a few exercise DVDs to keep me busy (although, now that I no longer live in a first floor apartment, I feel weird doing them for fear of my downstairs neighbors wrath) and you know, The Fella bought me a spin bike for my birthday.

I do love the enormous weight rack and machines at my disposal at the gym, but I’m wondering whether they’re worth $80 a month when I hardly have time to use them.

Are you gym free and loving it, or do you need a place to go to get your exercise on?