New year, new you, right? So let’s talk about getting into the gym…kind of.
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Naturally, you want to start the year on a healthier and more fit lifestyle path. That’s great! You won’t regret it. However, I will warn you – starting a routine workout regimen is a lot harder than it actually sounds. It’s one of those things where saying it and actually DOING it, are two very different things. We can talk about wanting to be fit and eating healthy all day long, but really turning those words into action is a game changer. Good intentions with no action to follow them up has never got anyone anywhere, has it?
In my opinion, the main struggle we all have is just taking the first step. What step is that? Well, it’s commitment. Commitment is the first step. You have to make yourself a promise and be willing to fight with your inner demons, to hold up your end of the bargain you made with yourself. Therefore, you have to make the commitment that no matter what it takes, you aren’t going to be defeated and nothing is going to get in the way of your goals.
O.K.! You are committed! You have bought your gym membership from the New Year’s sale online, you went to Marshalls and got yourself 5 different matching workout outfits and cute head bands to match. You even got a really awesome new water bottle, because you heard drinking water helps aid in weight loss. Today is the big day! Your first day going to the gym to workout and follow through on the “new year, new you” plan! You pull into a parking spot in the front of the gym, you’re feeling energetic, motivated and excited! You get out of your car and as you are walking to the door, you even have a little skip in your step. You reach for the handle and this super shredded muscle head guy and his super-hot girlfriend in super short shorts and a bra come walking out. Shredded muscle head holds the door for you, so that you can go in.
Only, you don’t. You go into a full-fledged panic attack. You leave shredded muscle head guy in the dust, with a super confused look on his face. You run back to your car as quick as you can and start asking yourself, “What was I even thinking? I’m not meant for the gym! I won’t EVER look like those people! The last thing I want is to go in that place and make a fool out of myself, by pretending to use all that equipment that looks like it’s from another planet.”
Want to know what you didn’t know, before you got to that door?
Shredded muscle head guy used to be over 600 pounds just over 3 years ago. That’s right, and you want to know something else? He was scared to death to go to the gym for the first time. He grew up in a home where his family taught him that food was love and that you eat when you are happy, and you also eat when you are sad. That sitting inside staring at the TV is more entertaining than running around out at the park with his friends and his pet dog. But shredded muscle head guy made the decision to go and make a better life for himself. He overcame his mental obstacles and learned to focus on what he wanted for himself and not worry about what others were doing or saying. He is now dating the girl of his dreams who also lived a very unhealthy life, but committed to making a change. Why was she in that little, tiny, barely there outfit? The only possible reason is because she’s vain and self-absorbed, right? Wrong, all wrong. She is dressed that way because she just finished taking pictures with her Personal Trainer to send in for a figure competition, that she has been working towards for over 2 years. Before she got to where she is today, she was JUST LIKE YOU.
Before you talk yourself out of making one of the best choices for your health and well-being, think back on this scenario. Help your brain wrap around the fact that literally EVERYONE has to start from somewhere. No one is born with the knowledge of gym equipment or healthy living – they learn it.
Keep an eye out for Part 2 of this article! I will tell you 3 ways you can avoid embarrassment, awkwardness, shame, and fear once you have gotten your first foot into the door.