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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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  • PATSYP63
    Well all I can say is to keep up with you newly changing body and self image just go to Goodwill or any resale store, find some jogging pants a few cute tshirts and it will make you feel so much better and for cheap and you don't feel bad when they get too big on you , you can donate them back to Good Will. emoticon
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  • TORTISE110
    When I was a kid I had play clothes. I could get dirty in them, be sloppy and in general have a great time. I think your gym clothes are play clothes! Have fun with them (-:
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  • CJMCCRAY
    Fantastic!! I am the same way! I'm 51 years old and overweight. I don't go to the gym to display my fashion choice. I love my baggy sweats and t-shirts whether anyone else does or not. YOU GO GIRL!!!

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  • BRASKIN
    LOL! which is why I belong to Koko fitness.... no time to look around, have to concentrate on the computer monitor!
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  • SPARK-PPL-GIRL
    It's funny you say this because, I feel the same way and I'm 26. I feel it but in some what of a different way since I'm still in my 20's. I am envious of those 20 year olds and believe it or not 16 or 18 year olds that don't seem old enough to be even left alone without parent supervision or be able to afford a gym on their own in the first place.

    I'm jealous of them because they always have the cute workout clothes. I cannot even buy cute workout clothes. I tried to do so at Walmart recently and realized you actually have to be "skinny" in order to fit in them. You cannot be a size 20 or bigger and buy them even if the tag claims it's a size 20 or xxl as it goes because they scale the actual inches of the clothing down.

    I know this for a fact because I buy many of my clothes at Walmart in an effort to save money and my regular size in the Faded Glory brand is anywhere from a size 16-18 to a 20 depending on the style of the top or xl or xxl for pants. Yet when I go to the workout/athletic clothes section of Walmart where the main brand is made by Danskin and purchase a pair of *cute* work out pants and a a *cute* workout shirt that claim to be size 20 or xxl they are way too tight to the point that I feel I'm gonna burst out of them. Not appropriate for public.

    I'm sorry.. but wtf? Walmart: Way to encourage people who actually need to lose weight...not.

    So yes I relate to you because I'm in my baggie pants and t shirt that looks like I just woke up from a nap and it's a bit depressing but I will not let it get to me. I will get skinnier and have a healthier lifestyle and one day be able to work out in the gym with cute exercise clothes again (I was once a size 12/14 when I lost weight before which was perfect for purchasing Danskin exercise clothing at Walmart)
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    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 5:26:34 AM
  • SWTBELLA
    Great blog & I know what you're talking about the Barbie doll who barely gets a drip of sweat on their new gear & makeup! LOL! Makes me do a double take & wonder if I stepped into the wrong arena with my Target gear! Haha! I have my favorite jogger pants & tank tops I only wear around the house. I no longer worry about feeling uncomfy going to the gym wearing unflattering outfits to cover my chubs. I just simply don't go to the gym anymore for all the same reasons. If I want to see primp & pretty I can just place my elliptical in front of the tv & tune into the E! channel & save money on gym fees!! Well anyways I commend u for at least going to the gym & working out regardless of your get ups whether stylish or not. Besides the gym is intended for one to go & sweat their butts off not to compete in a fashion show! Thanks for the laughs & emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • CAN_DO_IT
    I am exactly the way you describe yourself. But I keep wondering that IF one day I do get into shape, would I still be like this? Or will I go over to the other side, spandex shorts and fashionista. Will my being slim and shapely make me want to show off. I think I might...:-)). What a beautiful dream!!
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  • SISSIE21
    I can so relate! Thanks for your story! emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/12/2013 2:54:53 AM
  • ROSEEDA24
    Omg, you sound like! Minus the cats & add 3 kids! & I have an Orange bleach stain on my pants to! Lol. Although I am 20 something, I'm not a blonde babe. & I swear we wear the same work out shirts! Lol. Keep up the good & I fully understand about being cheap & getting your chips! emoticon
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  • CYND59
    Wow, at first I thought you a fashion reporter following me around and writing about my experiences at the gym. LOL!
    I am like you with the t- shirts that try to hide my jiggles as I exercise and the pants that have been around for a few too many years but are comfortably worm in.
    I am fifty something also but have blonde hair that is getting more gray everyday but that is just one more thing the fashion police will have to write about. LOL!
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  • KHALIA2
    Your post was fun to read! emoticon emoticon
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  • BIGFAMILY9
    Your wording is priceless! Your work is such fun to read!
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  • LAURIETAIT
    I'm still smiling about the situation you and the girls managed to avoid with the purchase of an intended for exercise foundation garment. You crack me up.

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  • DFG5876
    emoticon I also believe it doesn't matter the price of your workout clothes, the important part is getting the exercise in!
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  • LORETTA857
    I'm you're red headed twin. Sometimes I feel like I should do better, but then I stop shoulding myself.

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  • JUDYAASH
    I really think we are "twins from another mother" every time I read one of your blogs. This one had me rolling on the floor because i had to get dressed today for Dr. apppt and my choice were 10 year old jeans or 6 year old jeans and shirts that were between 8 and 12 years old. I wish we could get together and go shopping. Maybe I wouldn' buy the same things I already have in my closet. When was the last time you wore a dress? 27 years here, calves too big. emoticon emoticon
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  • KNITCAT1
    And I thought my grungy pants that I only wear walking were a sight. Although, my husband asked (nicely) if I would stop wearing them in public, as he suspected the neighbors were going to get an eyeful when the things dissolved into the threads they were made of... emoticon
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  • JAMER123
    Love it!! I don't own any workout clothes, just whatever I have around here.
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  • SHELL_G
    Great post! emoticon emoticon
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  • KATYDID412
    I laughed out loud at the idea of the cats peeing on your T-shirt.. Yes, I'm pretty sure I've been there. These days I'm working out at home instead of at the gym, so I have invested some dollars into various pieces of equipment that stay in the ottoman most of the time. Best part is, I can wear WHATEVER I WANT and no one's going to look at me askance. Except the cats, and I'm used to them judging me.

    Why do those resistance bands smell so bad?
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  • MISSLISA1973
    Cute. :)
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  • GETTINGTHINNER2
    emoticon Love your sense of humor!
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  • BDH1970
    You're so funny! Thank for the laugh (and the visuals - lol)
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  • CHOCOHIPPO
    Too funny! Every gym has those blondes. You are so right. As a fellow bottle brunette, I applaud you.
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  • PAISLEYQUEEN
    I am right there with you, old, stained clothes I go to the gym to get healthy not to show off or get looked at. I have been going to my gym for 6 months now and lots of regulars smile and say hi, I like to think they recognize me as a person committed to my health like them. Who cares about the 'gym bunnies,!!!
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  • CHERIONE
    I'm so there with you sister. emoticon
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  • EABL81
    Those women are part of the reason that I don't like gyms. I prefer to sweat in private. The cats don't care what I look like, or what I'm wearing. At least, they've never said.
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  • MINTYFRESH26
    loved your post!! emoticon
    There is this blonde 20 yr old girl at my gym all the time who is teeny tiny with these teeny tiny spandex shorts that make me want to throw up. I feel like a big slob too but whatever at least I am trying!
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  • AMME47
    Loved the blog. My wardrobe is similar. I feel like such a slob next to the wonderfully coordinated people (some days). :). I too am going to conquer my hula hoop some day. In the meantime I hoop using my wii!
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  • DIANNEMT
    I have gotten some things to wear to the gym--check the clearance racks. I really don't think "fancy" is needed but these were rewards for losing some weight!
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  • EAYW47
    My workout clothing consists of T-shirts left here by my children who are now 30 and 37. I have "winter" and summer" weight sweats. They are clean. I go to the gym to work out. I am U LOL
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  • LINDAKAY228
    Love it! I tend to wear short to the gym. Not classy spandex shorts (I would look horrible in my 58 year old overweight body anyway) but walmart shorts I wear for walking, cleaning the yard, lounging around in my bed and an assortment of other things and with t-shirts that also have an assortment of stains LOL! My shoes I buy about once a year and do spend about $100 on but they last me the whole year and are very comfy for the gym, hiking, the little running I do, and whatever else I decide to wear them too. I am definitely not into fashionable fitness!
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  • LISAREADS
    Hi Chic-let! Loved this blog, reminds me of my size ZERO sister (we're BOTH
    adopted, so that answers the nature vs. nurture question!) I'm hovering in the
    18-20 range right now(US) but Spark people will remedy THAT situation.
    Heard you have the Monday blahs. When I get like that sometimes I start
    dreaming about my next fantasy vacation-......time will tell. Thanks for all your lovely travel blogs! Later, Lisa emoticon emoticon
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  • DMSGLASS
    Enjoyed your blog! Thanks! emoticon emoticon
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  • WALKSINLIGHT
    Oh my goodness - you just turned Monday into Funday - thank you so much for the smile.. no the laughter .. that I needed so much.
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  • BAMAJAM
    I also hope to get the hang of my hula-hoop again one day! Really enjoyed your blog -- My method is indeed low budget. No gym fees,-- found my exercise bike discarded at the curb. It works great, and is even colored matched to my bedroom decor..ha. --- With great walking shoes, my bike, and comfy old attire, I am ready to sweat off the pounds! Oh--- and a couple of dumbells complete my equipment...
    And truly I am grateful to the Sparkpeople site----
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  • TERMITEMOM
    emoticon Great blog!
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  • ANYVAR54
    Love your blog, great sense of humor.
    You gave me a good laugh.
    And congrats on being featured.
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  • ELYNNJ81
    I agree, it doesn't matter what's on the outside, the inside is what really counts!
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  • TRUCKER72
    I too wear the same black or grey yoga stretch pants to the gym, out for my walks and everywhere else I go. I have a few different pairs in varying states of usage, like yours. I have a few stretch shirts without stains for the gym and stained ones for under my jacket when I am walking. In the summer, my shirts for the gym and my walks are the same. I wear my one pair of special-order cross-trainers everywhere. Once a year, I fork over too much money for a new exact same shoe. Every three months I fork over too much money for a new swim suit. I have been known to wear two over top of one another until the only store in town gets in their 3-5X swim suits. That costs a bit much, but since I swim laps and do aquafit classes every week, I need that coverage and support too! I stopped looking at other people in the gym a long time ago because I find it disheartening. I read a quote on SP one time about how no one at the gym is judging you; they are all silently cheering you on. I hope that's true. Because the alternative makes the gym and this whole weight loss journey hurtful.
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  • SUSIEMT
    I am glad I don't go to the same gym. I have enough intimidation in my life without seeing those beauties. However I do reward myself with my gym spandex which is ever so comfortable and I don't care who see all my bulges! LOL Thank you for the great blog. You do paint a good word picture!
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  • MORGANSONEW
    I would be proud to work out next to you in what you described, as designer attore/
    Mine is the same. Loved the comment on the bands!!!!

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