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Where The Hell Are All The Fat People At My Gym?!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

So, I've joined the local gym as of Monday, April 22, 2013, Earth Day. It's not one of those chain gyms or anything, just a small group of machines for us to use for a fee to the Parks and Rec Dept. I have read so many people's posts about their fear of going to the gym thinking no one overweight will be there so they stand out, embarrassed...only to find out that there are people of all shapes right there along with them... I've remember this being the case when I used to go to the gym in college...
Well, I got a raw deal! WTF?!
So, on Monday I go in confident that there will be at least one of "us" in there, only to find a sea of hard bodies, slick with sweat happily prancing around. I'm serious, even the woman who is 8 months pregnant looked awesome. (I can only wish to look remotely like her if I ever become pregnant.)
I suck it up, find a bike and fumble around trying to figure it out. I get it to turn on and start my workout. I just wanted to get in and out and be done with it. I paid for six months up front with no refund so I have no choice but to go, though.
Today, I went back and did a little longer, little harder workout on the bike (right now, I'm concentrating on cardio on the bike. I tried to get on the other machines and right now I can't do them because of my back and knees. Soon...). I noticed people smiling at me and saying "Hello" which was nice. Maybe this won't be so bad after all. emoticon It is what I make it and I will make it great :)

Update: April 29, 2013... First I would like to thank everyone who has encouraged me to keep going back! I have done it again and again and I have found that everyone is so welcoming, it's really nice to be there. I will be going in at an earlier time as I want to workout longer than I have been, and I am hopeful that the people that are there around that time will be just as nice. I am looking forward to getting healthier and stronger at this gym!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LJCANNON 4/26/2013 12:08AM

    emoticon It does get Easier each time you go!!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/25/2013 5:24PM

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SUSANNA37 4/25/2013 8:36AM

    Yay for you! Keep up your good, brave work!

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FLFITBEE 4/24/2013 10:36PM

    Paying 6 months in advance was a smart move! Sounds like the people are nice there.

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MSKIZ69 4/24/2013 9:22PM

    TiaJean you ROCK for going back--I had that same fear when I went to the gym, then decided that I had every right to be there as anyone else did. It is a BRAVE thing to do!!!!

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