Something happened to me today, and well I guess it’s a good starting point to explain a bit of the journey I’ve been on for the past year. One year ago this month, I joined a gym. Ooooh, I know – big scary gym! Well at the time, it was. Scary. Way scary. But I felt like crap in every sense of the word, and the only thing my brain could come up with to help me out was “join a gym, it’s supposed to be good for you to exercise”. I didn’t even have the oomph to argue with the damn little voice, and the next thing I knew, I was panicking about buying gym clothes. I didn’t even own a single pair of gym pants.
So fast forward a few months. Turns out, the little voice inside my head ain’t so bad – it seems to know a thing or two about fixing me up. The gym was pretty cool, I’d been working with a trainer for a while now (I was so freaked out about joining the gym that I would have paid any kind of money for someone to show me what the heck I was supposed to to there. Turns out it was a super good move!) and I didn’t feel like a total dork anymore every time I put on my running shoes. I felt better than ever and I was starting to look pretty good too. Next thing I knew, I was telling my guy friends I would kick their asses and had started harassing my trainer for wimping out on me with girlie push-ups. Climbing stairs was suddenly fun and cruising iTunes for running music was my fave new hobby.
Now we’re a year later. I’ve been keeping it up and I still love it! I’m convinced it keeps your mind sharp and your soul happy when your body is strong and healthy. So now for the weird thing. Today, as I was walking out after my workout, this woman I’ve seen around a few times was outside having her smoke and stopped me. We started chatting and turns out she’s new to the gym thing too and is a bit discouraged with the entire thing. As she was telling me how she was disappointed with the progress she saw during a consultation she had today, she said: I just want to be fit. I saw you training when I was doing my weigh-in, and I told the guy, I want to look like you.
Holly crap. I never thought I would hear someone say that to me. But then again, a year ago, I never thought I’d be the me I am today. A year goes by so quickly. I hope that a year from now, she’s surprised herself too by how far that little inner voice has taken her.This post may contain affiliate links.
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