I saw this meme the other day and instantly thought “YES!”
I can attest to its truth.
You see, for years, I wanted to get fit, healthy, strong. But I wasn’t ready. Yes, I wanted it, but, I was embarrassed and ashamed of who I was – on the outside. I had struggled with my weight my entire life and my insecurities prevented me from really going for the gold with my weight loss.
Instead, I succumbed to eating disorders of many variations, to extreme diets, to weight loss supplements of all forms. When I exercised it was in secret and privacy and for vanity, not for my health.
For several years now I have carried the mantra “If you’re not willing to do the work, you’re not ready to lose the weight“, and I cling to that.
When I finally joined a gym more than 10 years ago I would get up at the butt-crack of dawn, before the sun was up, and would sneak off for my workout while the rest of the world was still sleeping. Even then, I was exercising for the wrong reasons. It was still about vanity. And I didn’t lose any weight.
It wasn’t until at least a year later when I decided to change my life. That’s when the changes came. That’s when I decided to put the work in. Wrapping my head around that in this moment is so easy, but way back then, I just didn’t get it.
When I started to exercise and changed my eating habits, it was for my health. And I was putting the work in. And you know what? The changes came so quickly. My health improved and my insecurities subsided (to a point) and I finally felt good. I fell in love with my life. And with exercise. I got over my fears of what people would think of me if they saw me on the treadmill or lifting weights or on the rowing machine. I got over myself, essentially. I didn’t look to anyone else for inspiration; I looked at myself. I inspired me. My life was worth more than how I had treated it before hand.
Sometimes it can be scary venturing into new or unknown territory. But your health is more important than being afraid to ask someone for guidance. Or fearing what others might think of you. In all honesty, when I’m at the gym I’m not worried about what others are doing there (unless they’re hogging equipment). I’m there to improve myself. I’m not there to judge anyone. And more than likely, the people at your gym aren’t concerned with what you’re doing.
I know, from personal experience, that when I feel like I look better, I actually feel better about myself (back to that vanity thing). If that means swiping on some lipstick or revving up in cute (although durable) new workout gear, like Adore me, then so be it. Do what you’ve gotta do to motivate yourself; to encourage yourself; to love yourself.
Don’t be afraid to go for that jog or kick the soccer ball around or try a Zumba class. Step out of your comfort zone. Get out of your head. Give yourself a break. And just do it already. Your life is worth it.