Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Big Butt Belongs at the Gym

Years ago, I met some wonderful people that I call my clown friends (they really are clowns sometimes and the reason I can juggle fire).  They were quirky and it was wonderful.  I had always had the same spirit in my heart, but was too worried about how people saw me.

The clown friends set me free.  I learned to not really care so much about what people think of me.

I hear that many people would like to go to a gym, but it intimidates them.  They envision a world of models and bodybuilders who will stop and stare if they walk through the door.  I'm here to tell you:  It sure isn't true! In fact:

Anyone who thinks you don't belong in a gym is a lunatic.

This sentiment goes for all kinds of exercise, actually.  If you're wanting to lose weight, who cares what you look like when you exercise?  I'm sure my chub makes all sorts of weird movements while I'm sweating away, but at least I am working on it!

I've been going to a gym off and on for years, and I've been a big gal the whole time overall (ah, I love food too much, though it's getting much easier).  I go on the treadmill.  I swim.  I go to the yoga class and try out other ones sometimes.  So far I haven't ever seen anyone look at me in horror.  I even had a guy chatting me up once (hubba hubba).

Once in a while I think I do wonder what would happen if I turned around while I was loudly *thunk thunk thunking* away on the treadmill.  Would I see them with their mouths hanging open, amazed at the fact that I dared to join them? (Our minds are weird, aren't they?)  But I shake it off and step it up.

If it makes it easier for you to feel comfortable, dress like the natives.  Places like Target, Ross and T.J. Maxx have some nice, fairly inexpensive workout clothes.  You can also try Freecycle or Craigslist for free options.  I usually wear a pair of capris with a T-shirt.  My current favorite is one I got from Woot.com.  It has a picture of a dinosaur chasing a man with the caption "Exercise: Some Motivation Needed".  It rocks.  Here I am wearing it at the Manhattan Beach 5k. That one rocked - beach race in the moonlight.

I realize that changing your mindset about the gym and exercise in general can be hard.  You can do it though!  Just get out there and moving, no matter where you end up doing it.

How do you feel about the gym? Exercise? Clowns?


Katie said...

Yeah, I'm one of those who worries what people think...but you are right...cause I'm out there working on it instead of sitting at home, and that says a lot! So...here is to not worrying what others think! :)

I like that shirt...I need one like that! hahaha cause this mama needs her motivation! (and a real dinosaur!)

Christy said...

haha, that shirt sounds awesome! I do sometimes feel like I'm not accepted at a gym. I think its more about self confidence, and I lack in that sometimes. I perfer to walk outside...that way I'm also not staring into a mirror (I hate that too)

Miss Nessa said...

Yep, it's all about just getting out there and moving! I love dinosaurs, since my best friend is a paleontologist.

Oh, your gym has mirrors nearby? Blah on that. Ours does too but it's far away from the treadmill section.

Walking outside is great too. It's all about getting moving. And it isn't easy to get the exercise self confidence, not by a long shot! Took me a while.

I think I am going to go find a picture of me in that shirt or something, because it's just too much fun.

PACO said...

Nessa, you're awesome. I am one of those clowns and I still go through phases of worrying about how I look. I'm not afraid of clowns, but I am afraid of going to the gym.

Miss Nessa said...

Taco! It's been too long since I've seen you.

I still do have some worries about I look sometimes - not perfect yet! But y'all really did help me relax overall :D I just got over the gym thing at least already.

Lindsay said...

I use to be a member of 24 hr fitness which I loved because of their pool and yoga but besides that I would just rather work out at home or outside. But I love running so I can just run around the block and its a great workout.

But sometimes (most times) I HATE working out because after ten minutes I just want to stop. I usually keep going and try to work out 35-40 mins a day but it can be so hard.

And clowns? (I laughed when I saw that). Don't mind them. Unless they were once in a movie by Stephen King... : )

Gina F said...

I like your attitude girl. You could not have said it any better. I used to feel and wonder what people were saying or thinking but I build up my self confidence. I do workout and do yoga too. I love to walk in the evenings after supper too. I build up my self esteem big time over the years. For clowns I am not afraid of them they can go fool someone else. HAVE A HAPPY HAPPY DAY!!! Thanks for visiting my blog also.


Lion Rampant said...

I'm glad you have found your clowns, I used swimming to lose a LOT of weight and got real enjoyment out of it at the same time

Melissa (TheDailyMel) said...

Well said! :) I was actually discussing this very topic earlier tonight with a friend. It reminded me of a valuable lesson my very wise grandmother taught me when I was younger, "Don't worry about what other people might be thinking about you because they're probably too busy worrying about what YOU think of THEM."

Kirsten Lesko said...

I just discovered your blog today & love how positive it is.

@ Melissa - Your grandmother's quote is soooo true.

balloongal said...

I'm scared of the idea of the gym, part of that might be I have no experience with it. I'd rather exercise with a friend. I get some exercise chasing two little kids around, but I need to exercise better. And clowns? They're the greatest. Oh yeah, the joy they bring people. The fun they are. Clowns are definitely the best.
O.K. So truthfully, we don't do that much of painting ourselves up to look like clowns. We do some things that clowns do- juggling, balloon twisting, general being fun. It's usually if someone really wants us to be a clown that we'll dress up. But overall, you could call us non-scary clowns.

Orange Juice said...

It is so true and even 50 lbs lighter than when I started going into the gym I find myself just as scared to go in, worried what people will think. It's so lame, but you are absolutely right. Going to the gym is not just for the fit, thin and beautiful. Great attitude I will think about that the next time I go in!

Kathleen @ GeekGirlGetsFit.com said...

Love the shirt. I have one too and it is my favorite workout shirt!

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