“I’d like to start exercising but I’m just too big”
“I want to lose weight but I’m too embarrassed to go to the gym”
“I’m too unfit to get started, I get out of breath just walking”
“Even if I could go to the gym, I just wouldn’t know what to do”
Have you ever had one of these thoughts? or another similar thought run through your mind? I know I certainly have. I’ve been in the position where I thought I couldn’t get started, where I was overweight, and I didn’t have a clue what to do to change things. I thought that if I went to the gym then people would look at me and laugh because my wobbly bits would be, well wobbling! I was embarrassed to go out and try running because I knew I would be out of breath before I even got to the end of the street.
I thought I was too big to wear workout clothes so when I did eventually get started I wore big baggy oversized clothes that weren’t the most appropriate thing to workout in. I started out hesitantly and I was too embarrassed to ask the instructors in the gym how to use the machines or if they would help me to reach my goals so it took me a long time to find my rhythm and get a good pan together.
That was about 18 years ago now and the sad thing is that when I look back I realise I really had nothing to worry about. We all start from somewhere and we are all focussed on ourselves way more than we are the people around us so I doubt anyone would have been looking and laughing at me. That doesn’t mean that I don’t understand how you might be feeling, or that those feelings will be easy to push aside and get past.
What I can guarantee though is that when you start to see your own worth and when you start to make yourself a priority and put that focus on your own health and fitness then good things will start to happen. Will it be easy? No, probably not but you absolutely can do it. I know because I was scared, I was worried, I out off getting started for far too long but once I eventually did start it didn’t take long for me to feel the benefits.
Never let the thoughts or opinions of others hold you back. I have never looked at someone else in the gym or out running and thought – “oh my god, that person is far too big to be here, they should just give up and go home.” Quite the contrary in fact, what I am usually thinking is “YES!! You go girl, you are doing great, keep on going, you’ve got this.”
I don’t go to the gym anymore, I haven’t done for years. But I do run, even with my wobbly bits and I exercise on a regular basis in my living room or my garage. Gym’s, personal trainers, group classes – they aren’t the only way to get fit. They might be something you want to try, and they might work great for you, but they aren’t your only option.
If you would prefer to workout in the comfort of your own home, as I do now, then join my Warrior Tribe community on Facebook and I’ll get you started and help you to keep on going. https://www.facebook.com/groups/warriortribebylaurabfitnessmentor/