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Doubters on the Left, Fans on the Right

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I used to feel pretty self-conscience when I worked out. I harshly judged myself, and I felt like other people where judging. Hey, I even had a skinny "friend" tell me I looked like I was dying when I went running. But somehow, I got shushed that negative voice, and lost my negative friend, and just worked out anyway. I used to go to group fitness classes and stay in the back of the room. I would scope out the crowd to see if I was the oldest, fattest, most uncoordinated. Talk about sucking all the fun out of the room! but I just kept showing up. the trainers noticed I was at the rec center every day, and said very encouraging things. Like how they admired my consistency, and they noticed how much fitter I was. I started to smile more. And I built up my strength & stamina. Today the same workouts that left me breathless go by so fast, it's cool-down time before I notice.

For the next few days, when I work out, I'm going to imagine an audience divided into 2 sides.

On the left are the doubters. The people who make rude comments. Who don't think I'll finish what I start. Who call me bad names.

On the right are my fans. The people who shower me with supportive comments. Who think I've got what it takes. Who call me an inspiration, rock star, and an athlete.

Another way of looking at this is that for every negative voice in your head, you can have a positive voice shouting it down. Prove the doubters wrong and the fans right.


Success Journal
1. got my workouts in
2. Eating well
3. planning ahead for this weekend, we have another marching band competition. I'm chaperoning the party bus again.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SWTHNY- 9/27/2013 8:51PM

    great blog emoticon

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    I love this blog Caren! Can just see the picture of the two sides....

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A_SIZE6 9/27/2013 1:45PM

    I would love to lose the negative friend that negative friend is me.

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TONYAB2000 9/27/2013 1:43PM

    I am definitely on the right, cheering you on! Great blog & great message!

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MOVEITMARY 9/27/2013 1:16PM

    The ironic thing is that every one of those people is probably self-consciously wondering what others are thinking about THEM.
Cool that you got some positive reinforcement from the staff!

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JANET552 9/27/2013 12:11PM

    I love this idea. You are emoticon

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CARRIE1948 9/27/2013 8:08AM

    I love the metaphor

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STEVENKIND 9/26/2013 9:53PM

    When I do zumba I stand on the front. I can't do all the hip stuff, so I bet the girls are giggling. But when the trainer says Steve you're making me work too hard, I take that as a complement. So we are all on your right side here.

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    I definitely want to be you when I grow up and I'm working on it. Today was easier than yesterday. I'm doing this.

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PLATINUM755 9/26/2013 9:22PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANE7786 9/26/2013 8:57PM

    emoticon I'm on your right side!

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TRILEMMA 9/26/2013 8:51PM

  We are all in your fan club here.

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