Who out there has not exercised in months, possibly years?
Yep…that was me too!
I went years without doing any form of deliberate exercise.
Yes, I would walk from my car into the store. I would walk around the store. I would walk to the mailbox. I would walk to the fridge and back.
See…look at all that walking I did!
You see, I was too intimidated to go to the gym. I was fat.
I weighed in at over 270 pounds. I could hear the voices of the other people working out when I walked in the gym, “What is SHE doing here?” or “Where has she been? Not here obviously!” I felt fat, I was fat and I felt like everyone else was talking about my fat. There was no way I was going to walk into a gym.
Can anyone out there relate?
The funny thing is, I bet the people in the gym wouldn’t have thought that at all. Now sure, some of them would. There are always going to be mean people out there who make nasty, unnecessary comments. However, the majority of the people would probably have thought, “Good for her. She is in here to get healthy!” Isn’t that what you think when you see someone working out that is obese? I sure do.
Let’s say you are the one that is obese and you are scared and you don’t know where to start. I know ALL the negative things that are going through your head that are keeping you out of the gym or off the street. I know because I have said them all to myself. Here are the things that MIGHT be going through your head and what I think about them…
I can’t go very far – You don’t need to go far, you just need to go. Walk to the mailbox. Go down the street. Give yourself 10 minutes and go. Don’t worry about the distance or how long it takes you. Walk slowly…just walk. You will get faster and you will go longer. Start small.
I am too fat and people will laugh at me – I pretty much addressed this earlier. They are too busy worrying about themselves to think about you. If they do happen to see you, they will probably be proud of you or wish you good luck! Maybe they are even jealous that they aren’t out there walking! Many times when I am on my way to work, I will see people outside walking and I think, “I sure wish that were me!” The thought doesn’t even cross my mind and what their size is!
I don’t have anything to wear – Not a good excuse. Put on a t-shirt and a pair of capris. Those cute gym clothes are not for big boned ladies anyway. Trust me, I weigh right around 180 and I have a hard time finding cute anything that fits me right. Just put on some clothes and get out there!
I can’t afford a gym membership – You don’t need a gym membership. You have a street – go walk outside. Get out there. Is there a park nearby? If so, go there. Is there a hill you can climb. You climb it. No gym membership required!
I’ll start tomorrow – This one is the clencher. Tomorrow never comes. Stop telling yourself that you will start tomorrow because you won’t. Start today, start now, just start.
If you are intimidated to exercise, I hope I have taken some of those fears away. You might be sore the first few days. Your skin might feel all itchy. Your feet might hurt or your back might hurt. However, if you stick with it for longer than a week or two, you will start to feel so good. You will have more energy and feel better about yourself than you have in a long time.
10 minutes a day. That is all I am asking. You can do this!