Monday, May 03, 2010
A while ago when I started on my journey I had someone tell me "Oh, I want to work out and lose weight too - but I hate to sweat." I didn't say anything at the time, but I thought to myself "WTH??"
Ever watch a dog on a hot day and he's panting? How about on a cold day and your car is puffing out that white stuff out the back. It's ways that show something is running hot inside and needs to cool down. (Ok, the car not so much, but you get the idea). I guess it's not a major news flash but the human body sweats to keep cool.
This sweating thing came to mind to me the last time I was at the gym. There were people on the recumbent bike, just tooling along, reading something and not even a droplet forming on the forehead. And then there is the runner that does 30 minutes on the treadmill and may be a bit winded, but not much else.
Ok, I got it. The better shape I'm in, the better my body will process and I may not sweat the rivers I do now. Granted, this big boy is looking at TWO 50 pound bags of dog food to lose and things are going to take a while.
So I sweat. By the end of a workout I'm usually drenched. Am I self conscious about it? Maybe a bit, but I wear that soaking t-shirt as a badge of honor. This is my way to express to the world "Yes! I am doing this!"
I know that if I don't push myself, if I work out and don't even break a sweat, I'm not trying hard enough. I have already seen that in the mornings I might ride the bike for 10 minutes before it happens, but it DOES happen and I'm glad.
So enjoy that sweat! Revel in it! It's not "gross" and if you think it feels funky, then just think of how you will feel after you take that shower to clean off that thinner, better feeling you!