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Do you know what it feels like to be the biggest person in an exercise class?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Do you know what it’s like to be the biggest person in an exercise class?
I have attended exercise classes at the Y before, but usually I haven’t been up front – close to those mirrors. Also the other classes that I have taken have been faster paced, so I never really got a good look at myself in action. But this class was different – it was designed for older folks ( Forever Young is the name of the class – you get the idea)….So the pacing gave me time to notice myself in the mirror. And in the Tai Chi class that followed ( where we were working on form) it was helpful to use the mirrors. I was actually surprised to see how huge I looked compared to the others in the class – and I was also surprised that I wasn’t really aware of how I appear to others ( there is a thin person inside of me – really). Anyway, my first thoughts were that I was so much bigger – so much heavier than the others that I really seemed out of place. Negative thoughts – not the best encouragement for action, are they??? This experience is one that taught me several important and positive things as well: 1) I do need to be in an exercise class and I should be complimenting myself every single time I do it – no matter what. 2) I can easily keep up with and do the senior workout! 3) Full length mirrors can be a help on this journey and perhaps I out to use them more often to motivate me.
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TRAVELGRRL 10/7/2012 8:47AM

    I DO know what it is like and WAS the biggest person in my PowerPump class until I lost 30 pounds. Now I am not THE biggest person although definitely one of the few who still need to lose weight instead of just exercising to maintain.

BUT, I think it is a victory every class I go to, and I've since expanded the number and types of classes I attend! Keep up the good work, it DOES pay off.

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WANDASGONNADOIT 9/24/2012 10:15AM

    Back in 2001, when I first started working out I wasn't just the biggest person in the class, I was the biggest person in the gym. I was embarassed but determined to not be that person for long. It took more than a year of consistently and dedication, but eventually I lost my title.

I've since gained some back and I'm working really hard get fit again. You may not look like you want to NO ONE REALLY DOES; We all have things we want to change.

The mirrors will definitely help keep you motivated - I'm here in Delaware cheering you on every day!

Much success to you!

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