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Gym Intimidation

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I decided to join the gym for the exercise classes. This was a big decision for me because while the price is affordable for us at this point in life ($17/month) being on a budget will always be a way of life for us and I don't want to 'waste' money by signing up and not going. Money invested...I am now going. BUT I didn't expect myself to be this intimidated by the gym. I looked around and not only was I the biggest person in class but also the entire gym!!! I have been really learning how to get out of my comfort zone, not worry about what I THINK other people are thinking about me, and I have really pushed myself to go beyond what I thought I could. My point...give things a try, push yourself, go out of your comfort zone - you might be pleasantly pleased with what you find even when it's challenging (and yes it has been challenging). Cheers, Della
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    Congratulations on getting that membership and going outside of your comfort zone and participating. I know from my experience at the gym that people really aren't there to criticize others, rather we're all there for the same thing - to get healthier. Soon you will drop some pounds and you will feel so much better for having gone. You may find out that you don't know what to do without that work out soon. Kudos for having the courage and the fortitude to make it outside that comfort zone. Take care and God bless, Deb emoticon emoticon
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    I am lucky... Through my Medicare Advantage plan, I have free access to gyms and to Curves. Right now I am going to Curves because it is all women and no mirrors. While the routine might appear easy to some, it really does make you work. It is a good place for me to start because I, too, am really self-conscious about my weight. Since I have so many pounds to lose and I already have lots of loose skin, I'm afraid I will probably never be really confident about my looks, so this may be my place of choice from now on.

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    2323 days ago
    While you get started, consider investing in an MP3 player if you don't already have one, and listen to music while you work out. It will help you "stay inside yourself" and not worry so much about what's going on around you. Of course once you meet some friendly people you'll want to ditch the tunes and chat, because nothing makes exercise less painful than doing it with friends. Also, remember that at least some of those people started out where you are now, and may not be comfortable with their bodies, either. Good luck!
    2323 days ago
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    That is awesome. Although I have no need to join a gym, I have been going to zumba classes at a local church and man was that way out of my comfort zone. I really had to talk myself into going but I am so very glad I did.
    2324 days ago
    emoticon I want to be you when I grow up! I still feel so self conscious in public.

    I have been trying to work a gym into my budget too and I think it is going to finally happen.

    2324 days ago
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