I saw the STRANGEST thing at the gym today.
There was a women working out on the nautilus machine in “normal” clothes. That may not sound too bizarre but close your eyes and imagine…
A 30-something female in a blue turtle neck sweater, black slacks and dress shoes finishing a set on the chest press and moving to the ab machine.
Ya got the mental picture? Ok, now do you believe me??? … It was ODD!
Now, at first I thought she was an employee but after seeing her complete a set and move on to the next exercise I was sure she was actually working out in a blue turtle neck sweater!
I thought, MAN she must be crazy I can hardly handle my t-shirt and sweats. But as I sat on the arm extension machine contemplating my next set, I thought about it (this is what I do, I people watch and imagine their situation – it’s a problem I have ;~P) Did she forget her workout clothes and is still working out? Would I have the courage to do that without fear of “oh God – What would people think?” If that was her actual situation (and I’m sure it wasn’t) she is not only super dedicated but totally confident in herself as well.
I say that only because I’ve been contemplating moving to free weights but I’m scared. Yes scared. What will people think? That room is so intimidating with it’s enormous bar bells and muscle bound athletic tattooed sweaty men. I don’t belong there. Do I? I’d be so out of place. I’d look like a complete idiot.
These are all things that have crossed my mind and prevented me from trying. But seeing that women do her thing, in her blue turtle neck sweater gave me a shot of confidence. (strange, I know)
Who cares what people think? If I want to lift free weights I should! Next trip to the gym I’m going to do it!
And why shouldn’t I? Since beginning my workouts in August I have come a long way. I’m up to jogging a bit on the treadmill, I can easily do 30 minutes on the bike even with the hill routine, I LOVE lifting weights on the nautilus machines and I’m starting to see changes in my body. A muscle here, a little more tone there. It is AWESOME!
So I thought I’d list some benefits of working out, some tings you may not have thought of.
- I’m not cold after a work out – Are you the type of person who is always cold? I am! ALWAYS! But for at least an hour after I workout I’m fine. I hardly even need my coat to walk outside of the gym and I actually turn down the heat in the car, something I NEVER do!
- Time alone – Being a mom, a wife and a teacher I NEVER get a second to myself. Someone is always vying for my time. To counteract this I make gym time MY time. I can workout and listen to my iPod or watch what I want on the TV that’s connected to the treadmill. I can even just think! Yes THINK without interruption. Something that rarely happens nowadays.
- Confidence boost – You would think losing almost 70 pounds would give me all the confidence in the world but I’m here to tell ya, weight loss wasn’t the complete answer. I know that sounds easy for me to say now that I am “skinny” (OMG I just typed that) but it’s true. I always thought that if I lost the weight I would be the confident women I always knew I was on the inside. Instead I just became the same unsure girl in a smaller size. It’s wasn’t the weight loss that did it, it was a combination of things, the biggest being a change in attitude. By working out and lifting weights I’m proving to myself I can do it. That I can do anything I set my mind to. It’s that contagious goal concept I’ve mentioned a couple of times before. Since working out I am more confident then EVER!
- People Watching – I hinted earlier in the post that I like to people watch and it’s so true. I guess you can say I’m an observer by nature. The gym is a great place to people watch! Next time you are there just take a look around, you never know you may be on the treadmill next to someone who’s lost 70lbs and runs a weight loss blog. ;~)
- Eating More – Now don’t misinterpret this as “if you workout you can eat whatever you want” because that’s just not true. But since working out I have noticed the scale is a little friendly when I indulge here and there. I also need a bit more calories to support the workouts and muscle gain. Us Weight Watcher people learned this with activity points but when I started I never believed it. I’d just skip them thinking I’d lose more weight, now I get it. I really do need more fuel to run this (forgive the pun) well oiled machine (it just popped in there and I couldn’t help myself. ;~P
Alright, I’m sure I can come up with more but you get the idea. I never thought I’d become a gym rat. Really, I NEVER did. But taking 2-3 nights a weeks to give you time to yourself, boost your confidence and your-self esteem so you can eat more, now doesn’t like a treat instead of a chore. It’s all in how you think of it!
Thanks crazy women in the blue turtle neck sweater for inspiring me today, YOU ROCK!