Off to the Gym
The Gym...two words that put the fear of god in to most people.
So, I embarked on this weight loss journey (I hate the word diet). In my younger days I was fit, did double step classes, swam, aerobics, you name it, I would have a go at it. Then life got in the way and for one reason or another I piled the weight on.
So, when the weight came off, dare I step back into the gym. Everything that could went through my mind, mainly would I be judged. Would I walk in there and all the toned, fit, gym bods would look at me and laugh? I admit I put it off and put it off.
A good friend asked me to go to Zumba and I thought why not. It more or less in the dark. I went. Thought I was going to be sick in a bin and die. But surprising it was fun! So I went back the week after.
Think Dory – just keep swimming
It occurred to me how much I used to swim as a youngster so I added in 2 sessions a week swimming. Just plodding (think Dory – just keep swimming). I felt so good afterwards. The swimming pool offered a gym membership which meant I could swim as often as I liked but also use the gym and the sauna & steam room (big plus) not only at my local centre but another 5 across the city. I re-evaluated what I was paying just for swimming and it make sense to have the membership, even if all I did was swim.
It didn’t take long before my friend Louisa roped me into doing a class. Piloxing!
She promised me it was low impact and that I could “take it”. Oh my days, it was so much fun. A fusion of Dance, Boxing and Pilates. But I went into each class in the same attire. Black leggings, the biggest hoodie I could find and always, always, I stood at the back. Still fearful that someone would ridicule me for my size and lack of fitness. That never happened. So I took the next step.
Still fearful that someone would ridicule me
The gym membership came with a personal trainer session that sorted a program out for you. They talked to me about what I wanted and my expectations and any concerns I had. And there we had it! I was about to step into the actual gym.
As usual, I had my black leggings, black t-shirt and huge hoodie on, head down,
I went in.
I went unnoticed. Nobody cared – only me with own insecurities. After a few weeks, people said hello, or nodded and smiled. Not long after, they stopped to chat. The first thing most said was, oh my god, how much weight have you lost. People were noticing. I went in the sauna after some sessions and soon ended up joining in with the banter. It was like I had a new little family. So much so I ended up with a weekend away with a few of the older guys to Amsterdam!
I try and mix up my workouts as much as possible, doing different classes and my gym program. It never becomes repetitive then. Have to say I put off doing spin for a long time but bit the bullet and went. This is now my favourite class.
Nobody cared – only me with own insecurities.
So that’s pretty much it – I found a new love for the gym, for working out but most importantly enjoying every minute. I can have had the worst day ever, but after a good hard work out everything seems so much better – the endorphins kick in and all is right with the world. I train now to tone as much as keep the weight down/off but the training has also become social. I was also selected to be one of the faces of “This Girl Can” for Sheffield and appeared on adverts for the gym. Cue embarrassing snapchats from daughter saying Mum you’re outside Ponds Forge or friends snapping themselves by my posters!
This Girl Can
Don’t get me wrong. Exercise isn’t for everyone but for me it works. I believe that weight loss (diet, call it what you will) and exercise is like a happy marriage. They work well together. My tip, if I was to give one at all, is to try it, you might like it, start off small and build it up. Whether it’s a DVD at home, or a swim once or twice a week, you’re still lapping that person on the sofa.
By the way – my attire isn’t always black now. I’ve dared to wear colour and patterns. Pink !!!!!!! Pink Candy Skull Tikiboo Leggings they are fantastic!http://www.tikiboo.co.uk/collections/leggings/products/tikiboo-candy-skulls-leggings
Oh and that hoodie!
Well it would get me and 3 others in it, so its gone to the charity shop!!!