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7/18/12 10:10 P

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I cannot imagine dealing with anxiety for that long because I know the past few months I have been dealing with it have been terrible. I do not have social anxiety or anything related to people so I am not sure about going to the gym. I know when anxiety creeps it your mind will run on the crazy train. I experienced a small period of anxiety related to going into public places because I was afraid I would pass out and I would psych myself up before even going in there and start feeling lightheaded. Luckily I worked past that. I have experienced the issue of feeling like people are staring at you at the gym, sometimes not being the fittest person there will spike that feeling. I wonder if your therapist is working well? I have considered whether maybe therapy would help me even though all my anxiety is health related. Definitely don't give up I think its all about finding a solution. Good luck to you on your journey!

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7/11/12 5:19 P

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Thank you for the welcomes! For some reason I wasn't getting emails when someone replied to this even though I checked the little box.

I did notice people looking at me all the time when I went to the gym - with not nice looks on their faces. The part that I read into though is what those faces mean. I immediately think they are judging me or thinking negative things about me, but it's completely possible that they are just having a bad day, or they don't realize they're making a face. They could even be thinking something positive about me. However easy this is for me to comprehend right now, it's not how it goes in my head when I'm in the situation.

And it extends to outside the gym. I ordered new shoes to psych myself up for taking up walking again. I got up early this morning to walk and got so anxious I couldn't go.

Anyway, I'm working on it, and even thinking about joining a different gym again.

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7/6/12 8:07 A

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I have battled with Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety for years too. I had joined many gyms and stopped going for fear of people watching me. I recently decided to do a "behavioural disputing exercise" where I went to the gym, and evaluated whether I died. I didn't! I'm still here! Anxiety is just adrenaline. It's a response to a perceived threat to our life. Exercising in front of people is not going to kill me. So, thinking that it's just adrenaline has helped me.

Also, most people are so self involved that they probably don't even look at me (or you.) They're so focused on their lives, their thoughts and their own insecurities, they don't actually think or care what we look like. AND most people think positively and favourably about those who have the guts to change their lives and exercise.

The price of discipline is less than the pain of regret!

It WON'T happen overnight, but it WILL happen!

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7/5/12 8:55 A

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Hi and welcome. I'm glad you're working on things and not giving up. You can do it!

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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7/4/12 9:10 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Melissa. I'm 33, married, with no kids. I've been dealing with social anxiety pretty much as long as I can remember, and generalized anxiety for the past few years. It has been a problem for me as far as exercise goes. It is very difficult for me to go for a walk because I feel like everyone will be staring at me. It is also difficult to go to a gym for the same reason, although I have been a member of gyms before and it's easier because it's indoors of course, but I've canceled my membership and now I'm too anxious to try to go back. I even don't want to work out in my own home because I'm worried about what my DH will think! Does anyone else experience this too?

I've been seeing a therapist (it took a lot to get there as well) and I'm working on changing my thinking, but it is slow going. It's so difficult when I not only have to work on changing my eating habits and ideas about food, but then the simple act of exercising causes me anxiety. I'm ready to whip this thing this time and I'm not giving up!

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