@ SIXDANDELIONS, Thanks for correcting the original post. I fixed it. I get a little choked up every time I read this, which is why I wanted to share it when I saw it on FB.
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11 1/4/13 12:08 P
The link you posted didn't work, even when I fixed it to http:, so I thought I'd post a link to the original - http://flintland.blogspot.com/2012/05/hey- fat-girl.html
I read this awhile ago and I love it! I'm big - 270 - but I'm usually pretty comfortable at the gym. I see others (usually women) though, that are obviously feeling like an outsider. I've often wanted to print off copies of this and give it to them!
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1/4/13 11:33 A
That's wonderful! Back when I was running, I had the habit of not looking at other runners because occasionally, and it was only women that did this, they wouldn't look me in the eye as I tried to smile at THEM and admire THEM for their capabilities. I struggled with my running for a long time, was very slow, and had the headphones blaring with just the right songs at a beat that kept me at my pace. So, to hear this from someone is really nice. I was grateful for the occasional finger-raise and smile as I passed a supportive runner because this was encouraging!
I remember one day as I ran and huffed and puffed on the treadmill. A very thin, beautiful girl got on her treadmill right next to me, even though there were plenty to choose from. I figured she wanted to run with a runner, no big deal, I felt encouraged that she chose to exercise next to me. To my surprise, she jumped up, put the incline up to the sky almost, and began running faster than my pace. I then was confused, and I felt like I was in a horse-race for a carrot. I ignored the show-off attempt and continued at my steady pace of 4.2 mph. She eventually burned out in a little over 5 minutes and stopped to stare at me. I smiled, and she gave me a nervous smile and left. I continued to finish my hour-long run. It felt so good that I may have possibly taught her something. You can be successful when you are being honest with yourself as you exercise. It is not a competition. It is a lot more encouraging when you give and receive support.
1/4/13 12:33 A
This is an awesome posting! This happened to me, I had started running about 5 months before and I was at this gym and this girl started running for about 30 secs and then walking and all her friends left after 10 minutes, but she kept going, she was so cool.
That was great! I do remember huffing and puffing one lap around the track and that was at a walking pace. I wore baggy sweats and a big t-shirt in the beginning. Oh it does get better. A whole lot better if you keep it up.
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29 1/3/13 3:51 P
I love this posting, I wish I had seen it when I was starting out too. Now that I'm in semi-decent shape I finally don't feel as embarrassed at my own huffing and puffing, and I do admire those who are new to the fitness journey who don't realize how quite awesome they are. Even in my body now I'm still self conscious at the gym, especially using the weights and machines.
Wow. That was, well, awesome. I AM one of those people. I huff. I puff. I can't run for very far at one given moment. I am easily intimidated by those fit runners who run laps around me. But I am also inspired when I see someone larger or more out of shape than I am working his/her tail off fighting to take back their life. Wonderful post.
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That is great!
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I found this on Facebook and wanted to post this for all the people who have expressed feeling self conscious when they begin their fitness programs. It is kinda long but really worth reading!!
Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.
You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you.
You are awesome.
If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others.
You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.
You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.
You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.
I bow to you.
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