When it comes to gym memberships, just imagine you're haggling with a cable company. They have more leeway than you think. Take a look at your local parks, sometimes they have fitness centers sponsored by the local gov that you can use for a decent price.
Of course, the gym is only one of a myriad of ways you can "get your sweat on". Ever look at the Insanity workout DVD's? Yeah, yeah, they're billed as "extreme" and have very fit people as the...um...models? (the ones demonstrating the workouts), but they're full range bodyweight exercise circuits. Lot of people at work use it on and off, and I'll whip it out when my back is complaining about lifting weights. Really get your heart pumping, your body sweating, and you can do them in your living room. Never tried the meal planning part, so I won't comment on it.
There's also Crossfit. I won't try to explain it. Look it up, research the workouts, and if you're up to it, find a place that offers classes and dive in!
Hope this helps.
I'll be defiant/the lion/Give them the fight that will open their eyes
Don't worry, I'm, not one of those people that thinks they need a gym to be active. I ride a bicycle for transportation, so at a minimum I'm getting an hour in 5 days a week, usually more because of errands. I just miss lifting weights and daydreaming on the elliptical now that I don't have a free gym available at my new job. It's nice sometimes to not have to look where your're going- and what those nutty drivers are doing!
As to Insanity, I'm watching for it used, but I have better track record of going to the gym than using a video daily. It gives me the time alone that I need for sanity.
I'll keep an eye out for them both used. We're looking at getting a better apartment later this year, and I'd love to either have an included gym with the complex or the space for some equipment. As it is,I'm fortunate my husband hasn't exiled my bicycles to the back patio. He threatens do do it every time be bangs into one