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A Tragic End to South Shore Y

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 my wife and I went to the South Shore YMCA and were shocked to learn that it is closing its doors as of Jan. 31st. I am disappointed, angry and depressed. Yes, we can find another place to work out ... but it will not be the same. It is sort of like when your dog dies and people say, "you can get another dog". It will never be the same, of course, and I can't help feeling that this is the end of an era. I feel like I have been punched in the stomach. I can't sleep and I feel nauseous. Why did this happen? Someone made bad decisions or didn't do their job, and now my family is suffering the consequences. That is not just an inconvenience; it is a major disruption in my life. I first joined the Y when my son was in fifth or sixth grade and they had an "activity night" for teens or pre-teens. Membership was not required for the kids to participate. After seeing the beautiful facility I decided to enroll with a family membership. I have always believed that the family that works out together stays together and my wife, my son and I have worked out at the South Shore Y for the past fifteen years. We have grown to love the staff, the people and it has become an important part of our lives. Not only is the Y a place to see friends and to work out: it is also a place to attend Church. We started attending New Day Church which meets in the Spirit Room at the South Shore Y. We have grown to love this beautiful small Church and the wonderful, friendly people in it. What will be the fate of New Day Church? Obviously, the Church will continue to exist but will need to seek out a new place to meet, with very short notice. This is truly a tragedy. A feel depressed, disappointed and hurt, but mostly angry. I read on the YMCA site that the Y gave away over $3 million last year in scholarships and subsidies. Why? If the organization is financially unsound and forced to sell assets, then why are they at the same time giving away $3 million? Who didn't do their job? Who didn't pay the bills? If the Y was in trouble they should have increased the dues, or cut expenses or, at the very least, cut the scholarships and subsidies. Is my Y being closed in order to pay for others getting free dues at another facility? Why did the financial mismanagement grow to this level? I can't help but feel anger and resentment. I am now forced to start over at another facility. I am sure that, over time, we will grow to love our new place. But I do feel a severe sense of loss. I know I could go to other Y branches but I will probably close my Y membership and go to a different health club. ( hmmm ... won't that result in a loss of income to the Milwaukee Y ? )I just can't accept that this was really necessary. What a sad day. Goodbye South Shore Y and goodbye to all the staff and friends. Thanks for the memories.

Are you addicted?

Are you an addict? I'm talking about exercise addiction. Many people will laugh at the idea. Exercise addiction is, however, real and millions of people have become addicted to exercise to the point where it controls their lives and impairs their ability to function. What are the signs? Seven Warning Signs of Exercise Addiction 1.Always working out alone, isolated from others. 2.Always following the same rigid exercise pattern. 3.Exercising for more than two hours daily, repeatedly. 4.Fixation on weight loss or calories burned. 5.Exercising when sick or injured. 6. Exercising to the point of pain and beyond. 7.Skipping work, class, or social plans for workouts. If exercise has become an obsessive compulsion that you cannot control you may have crossed the line into addiction. Get help if you feel you need help, but continue to exercise at all costs. Exercise is the solution to all of life's problems. No, wait. Scratch that. Exercise is not the solution to all of life's problems. But if you turn to exercise if you feel stressed, bored, happy, sad, worried or for no reason at all, then you may have become addicted. Stay active and stay fit. Happy trails.

South Shore Half-Marathon April 7th

The Badgerland Striders will be hosting its annual South Shore Half-Marathon on Sunday, April 7, 2013. This year the race is on Sunday instead of Saturday. The 13.1-mile course starts at the South Shore Pavilion in South Shore Park at 2900 S. Shore Dr in Bay View. The course winds through Bay View Park, Sheridan Park, Warnimont Park, turns around in Grant Park and then returns along the same course to its starting point in South Shore Park. Start time is 8:30 am.

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April 7th Half-marathon in Local County Parks

The Badgerland Striders Running Club will once again be hosting its annual South Shore Half-marathon on Saturday, April 7th. The race starts at 8:30 am with registration starting at 7 am. As always, the race starts at the South Shore Pavilion at 2900 S. Shore Drive ( South Shore Park in Bay View). Pre-registration is $10 for Striders members or $12 for non-members. Race-day registration is $20 for both members and non-membrs. In this race you get a pair of gloves instead of a t-shirt.

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Blogger to drink Pint of Guiness on St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner! Although I am not Irish I always make it a tradition to drink a pint of Guiness on St. Patrick's Day. Guiness is my favorite beer and I love the festive traditions associated with St. Patrick's Day.

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