Am I done yet?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

So I went to the gym yesterday.


I was talking to my friend who I hope will be my workout buddy. I called him while I was at work to see if he was up for checking the place out w/me last night, but he had a "honeydo" list as long as his arm (they are leaving for a vacation on Wednesday and he is off from his job on Mondays so it makes sense). He asked me if I was going straight from work or if I was going home first and I told him that I had to go home since I didn't drive to work yesterday and I didn't have any workout clothes. I said that I was going treat myself to a gym bag after I had successfully followed through on one week of going to the gym.

So I get there and am checking in for the first time after registering online, and I am told that I get a gift as a new member. Either a t-shirt (largest size XL, which would look like spandex on me - a look NO ONE wants to see), or a gym bag.


So now I have THAT.

And a date w/my wife at the gym tonight. Because nothing is sexier than a fat guy in sweatpants puffing like he is trying to blow down a house made of bricks in order to get the sweet, sweet ham that is standing inside of it.
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    I think it's great that you're going with your wife. For the longest time I did not want to work out in front of my boyfriend because I felt so embarrassed and for some reason, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking he was going laugh or think I was pathetic. Of course that was just my negativity talking to me. Now it's hard to work out without him and his support. I hope you get the motivation you need to keep going to the gym. And since you already have your gym bag, maybe your next reward could be a hot pair of workout sneakers or something emoticon
    2733 days ago
    Ron, I just "flashed back" to my starting at a gym. I am a non-athlete from day 1, an older woman (chronologically..but I feel like I'm still 30!) and did NOT, NOT, NOT want to do anything in front of those "young, fit, fitness freaks."

    But on Day 1, I realized that everyone there was workin' their own program so hard, they didn't even "see" me. And if they did notice me, they were encouraging ...not laughing at me. And that positive, active, healthy environment is awesome. Their ambitious, motivated attitude is contagious-- I wanted to do more and get stronger.

    And I felt the same way you do about exercising in front of my dh. But I just zoned him out & concentrated on doing each task better this time than last time. You can do this...and it will make all the difference! Go for it BIG TIME!

    2733 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/25/2011 12:49:55 PM
    From this wife's point of view, there's nothing more exciting than seeing "your man" working hard to improve his health and continue your wonderful life together as long as possible.

    Decide, Commit, Succeed! 3 words to live by! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2733 days ago
    I actually am feeling pretty positive. The running down is more from my years doing stand up and now improv comedy just poking fun at myself. My wife and I have talked about the fact that I am uncomfortable working out in front of her and why. This is my way of deflating that uncomfortableness by pointing out the discomfort in order to show how silly it is. But thank you for the kind words. I can use all the positive reinforcement I can muster right now.
    2733 days ago
    Hey, don't run yourself down so much. You're off to a great start on a journey that will change your life if you let it and help it.

    Keep going, and you won't always be the fat guy in the sweat pants puffing. You'll be the lean guy breathing hard as he kicks some serious butt in the gym.

    You CAN. Now decide if you WILL.
    2733 days ago
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