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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Every time I'm down the gym (where I should be right now), there's a skinny 20-year-old blonde on the next machine to me. It's never the same one twice, you understand - the gym has an unlimited supply of them.

She'll be wearing one of these sleeveless vests that looks like a harness, spandex leggings, girly trainers and a thin film of sweat, just enough to proves she's really working at it.

And me? Fat, fifty-something and brunette-out-of-a-bottle, that's me. I wear a short-sleeved tshirt that hides the wrinkles in my 'pits, baggy jogging pants that are between 2 and 10 years old, depending on which pair I put on and which I fondly imagine hide my baggy 50-something body. And me Clarks trainers. My sweat tends to accumulate round the back of my neck. I'm also fuchsia in the face.

Thing is, I could go out and buy spanking new spandex. I thought about it, till I saw the price. To me though, the gym isn't about a visible lifestyle choice. It's about getting fitter and healthier. It doesn't really matter much to me what I wear so long as I can move comfortably in it and don't get arrested for exposing something nobody wants to see. The only bit of gym gear I've bought since joining SP is my sports bra because I got concerned that the girls were being a bit too assertive and I really didn't want them tied in a double bow round my neck. I already had the trainers, four pairs of jogging pants (I never wear anything else at weekends although I haven't jogged since I was 17) and umpteen tshirts in varying states of decrepitude (olive oil stains, holes and the crowning glory, one of the cats had peed on the one I intended to wear today).

Walking, I'm just as bad. I wear the same jogging pants for walking in as I do down the gym, but they have to be clean to go to the gym in. The same tshirts and sports socks. I would dearly love a breathable waterproof but not at 100 a time. I did buy hiking boots because my old trainers were letting in water. But I bought Clarks, not something expensive.

And equipment? One hula hoop which I swear I will get the hang of one day. One resistance band that smells so horrible I won't go near it (nor will the cats).

In fact my only real expense is the gym membership itself.

So there I am, living proof that you can be cheap and get your exercise in.

PS: two of my pairs of jogging pants have hideous orange bleach stains and one of the other pairs has knackered elastic. NO COMPETITION. NONE.
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CATNCAG 10/16/2013 2:09PM

    U r absolutely hilarious! I love your sense of humor especially about the girls being tied around your neck! {Snicker} I NEED to get a sports bra! {lol} I am totally right there with u girlfriend!
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LAFFWITHLINDA 9/18/2013 10:51PM

    You cracked me up! Thanks!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/23/2013 2:26PM

    I lost is at "the gym has an unlimited supply of them"! LMFAO!

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NASFKAB 4/7/2013 4:41AM

  girl why buy it before you get to your goal weight you are FUNNY

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MAMAHEY 3/14/2013 4:22PM

  I love your blogs and look forward to the next. You are such a clever writer and photographer that I feel like I right there with you Although I am blond, I am neither skinny nor twenty something. But, I have propelled my exercise motivation by building somewhat of a exercise diva's wardrobe. I believe this crazy habit is how I compensate for no longer eating doughnuts. I have drawers labeled and dedicated to gym clothes, golf clothes and swim clothes. I LOVE my exercise apparel, probably more than the exercise itself. However,my wardrobe does keep me on track. What else am I going to do with this stuff? Fortunately, I don't invoke envy in anyone (or I hope not) since I'm neither skinny or twenty. I say to each their own. Wear what you want and just keep on keeping on.

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TERRIJ7 3/3/2013 5:21PM

    I'd workout next to you any time! I wear the same getup as you!

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/25/2013 7:56AM

    emoticon You are too funny. Yesterday, I was out of fitness t-shirts so I run in my kayaking shirt since it's fast drying. Got some odd looks. But, I could have cared this. Love your blog.

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LKWQUILTER 2/25/2013 6:58AM

    Now I know why I didn't join a gym. I do go to exercise classes but like you, I wear comfortable workout outfits--not the glamour types. lol

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GIGIMARIE21 2/19/2013 2:27PM

    Enjoyed your blog. emoticon

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XTINEMAS 2/17/2013 7:48PM

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Entertaining blog!

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JERICHO1991 2/17/2013 6:00PM

    Another scenic adventure. Thanks.

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NETSUE64 2/17/2013 4:10PM

    Why buy anything that's not going to fit soon because you are getting fitter? Good for you! I have lots of tshirts and sweatpants that are good enough for working out. However, the sweatpants to have an unfortunate hole that would not make them good for yoga......

Thanks for the blog and the smiles!

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JIBBIE49 2/17/2013 9:18AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the spark mail. You are an inspiration to so many today. emoticon

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HYATTI1 2/16/2013 5:07PM

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GRACEISENUF 2/16/2013 12:43AM

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LIBBYL1 2/15/2013 11:48PM

  was so familiar as I dug into my cupboard to choose which tracksuit pants to wear to yoga (and rejected the ones with no elastic left as spent one class holding them up with one hand), which t-shirt that is not fit for anything else but gym to wear and is long enough to cover me even when I try and try to hold a shoulder stand.... But good (cheapest) walking shoes are my essential so that i can scramble over rocks, through water etc....
the yoga equivalent of your blondes don't wear spandex but look gorgeous and twist themselves smiling into all sorts of impossible positions ... Enjoy

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WALKINGCHICK 2/15/2013 3:16PM

    what a heartening blog - so good to hear someone else doesn't have the full spandex kit to work out in, and dresses the same way as me! Some lovely giggles and I'm still smiling as I write this comment - thanks so much for sharing!

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JELLYBELLY221 2/15/2013 12:10PM

    How one dresses for a workout is not nearly as important as the fact that you are doing the workout!!

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ALIHIKES 2/15/2013 11:30AM

    LOVE the blog! Thanks for sharing, it brightened my day! emoticon

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FAVORITEAUNT84 2/15/2013 11:22AM

    That's awesome. Thanks for the giggle! emoticon

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JAMER123 2/14/2013 11:57PM

    Good story and I enjoyed it. Don't need those fancy workout clothes. My normal wear is just fine for me!!
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KIMBERLY_Y 2/14/2013 11:14PM

    Thanks for the chuckle. emoticon

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QHAMOM 2/14/2013 9:28PM

    I used to be one of those 20-something blondes and it was really hard for me to overcome being overweight as a child. You never know what that blonde has been through.

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JENAE954 2/14/2013 8:38PM

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NANAMOM652009 2/14/2013 7:56PM

    wonderfully put. I am in my late sixty's and gave up a long time ago worrying about others and what they think about how I am dressed. I will keep my well worn, patched clothes. At least they were clean when I put them on. God bless

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NIKO27 2/14/2013 7:03PM

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PATTYSPENCER 2/14/2013 6:03PM

    I can so relate!

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LESLIESENIOR 2/14/2013 1:48PM

    You are very witty. I wish you the best of luck on your health journey.

I have enjoyed inexpensive workout clothes (JCPenney on clearance) because they put me in the right frame of mind for a run. I have a hula hoop that I love and a yoga mat to do Coach Nicole DVD's. I've lost 60 pounds and workout to feel fit and healthy. A couple of sets of workout clothes inspires me. I don't compare myself to others working out around me, on the road or on DVD's, so the only person I'm trying to impress is myself.

Thank you for sharing your perspective. You are right. Time, money, fitness level, weight, or disabilities are no longer excuses for us. Sparkpeople is free, the road is free, workout videos are free, gardening and housework are free.
Enjoy.

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THEIS58 2/14/2013 1:33PM

    good one

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HANSBRINK 2/14/2013 12:08PM

  I have a friend in the same situation, "a skinny 20-year-old blonde on the next machine." She doesn't like to work out when they are around. Unfortunately it took me a long time to understand her / empathize with her. The 20-year-old wasn't dissin' her.

My belief was that she's the one doing the comparison, no one else. It took me a long time to see her point of view. And it made me realize that men do the same. For men, its how much iron you can pump or how much sweat you can generate during your PX90 or Insanity session.

Thanks for an additional explanation.

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MIJAMAGS 2/14/2013 11:25AM

    Love your sense of humor! emoticon

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GLINDAW 2/14/2013 10:58AM

    Love this! emoticon

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RITAROSE 2/14/2013 10:03AM

  emoticon emoticon You're doing great!! Keep up the good work. Working your plan is the best plan for you! emoticon

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JEANLUC12 2/14/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon The writing was hilarious and so true! If you need to exercise, expensive clothes & equipment shouldn't be the excuse. emoticon

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KLONG8 2/14/2013 9:38AM

    You've absolutely gotten the idea! I remember the first time I went to a gym I couldn't believe there were women in full make-up working out. That never was me but I have to admit to springing for a few bits of work-out wear because all those mirrors were getting a little too brutal. Funny!

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WALLINMW 2/14/2013 8:30AM

  Great blog as usual!

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MILLEDGE2 2/14/2013 6:52AM

    Your blogs keep so so many people motivated - both to stay with their fitness goals and to keep a sense of humor about it all. THANKS! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 2/14/2013 6:39AM

    Good advice and very funny self humor! emoticon

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SHARONKAY13 2/14/2013 1:40AM

  I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. QUIT THE GYM LONE AGO. LATER MIGHT START

BACK,BUT FOR NOW I LIKE MY FITNESS DVD'S PLAN TO PICK UP ANOTHER ONE

SOON. WISHING YOU A LOT OF LUCK.

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NESARIAN 2/13/2013 11:12PM

    Hilarious!

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CICELY360 2/13/2013 11:05PM

  good blog

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LADYPYE 2/13/2013 6:39PM

    Thank you for reminding me it's about the workout, not who's wearing what.

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TIFFANYHADSELL 2/13/2013 2:44PM

  I think if it takes longer to get ready for the gym than the length of your actual workout, there could be a potential problem. I prefer uniqueness :)

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AURORAMILLET 2/13/2013 2:24PM

    Keep it REAL!!

Love it!!

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LEANMEAN2 2/13/2013 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your humor.

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PRETTYLILHEFFER 2/13/2013 12:31PM

    LOL this made me smile. I am a 20 something (later side) but I refuse to match at the gym. Yesterday consisted of bright purple sneakers, salmon pink and grey pants, and a bright blue shoes. Got to stand out away from the others!

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