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First Gym Class

 

Ok so it’s not my first ever, in fact a couple years ago I use to be a regular at gym classes, the instructor knew my name (to my horror) and I would manage to squeeze them in before or after work.
But now, they scare me. It’s amazing how much confidence you can loose in such a short space of time. The things that make me anxious about these new gym classes are as follows:

– Where or which room is it held, I don’t want to be walking into the wrong place to find out its high intensity power lift?
– Will I be able to keep up with the class, or end up feeling worse then when I went in before?
– Can I handle a 360 degree angle of my flubber flying?
– Will I embarrass myself?

I’m sure many can relate to this and it’s been 5 months since I’ve been joined to this gym and only yesterday did I get the courage and motivation to actually step inside one of their gym classes and this was my experience.

So first was the class description- Cardio fitness a fun high energy class. Well this sounds OK said was for all fitness levels so I made the call and booked in.
After work I changed into my figure hugging gym clothes to make sure I would actually go and not chicken out (I find it helps to already be in gym gear).
Feeling hungry after a long day at work and a salad for lunch I browsed the isle at Tesco for a healthy snack and decided on roast chicken slices. Which I then felt too embarrassed to eat in the locker room. I mean it is a bit weird and random to be chowing on slabs on meat in there.
I found studio 1 and went in. My god there was a lot of mirrors I’m pretty sure even the ceiling was mirrored. I stared at my body in the reflection until the class started, I gazed at my newly formed rounded bits, the lines where my gym leggings cut into my stomach and how my arms and legs have lost all definition. This was not a good thing to do- please don’t do this to yourself it, destroys all motivation.
The instructor was a young fit good looking guy full of “can do ” attitude. We started with a rather vigorous warm up and this was the point I knew the next 45 mins was going to be tough. I was already out of breath.

Now most cardio classes I’ve been too either are like Zumba, aerobics, kick boxing or a mix of all of these. So this is what I expected. It was not.
This was more aligned with what you do in insanity. For people who don’t know what Insanity is think; using your own body weight, bear crawls, push ups, suicide runs etc.
I was not mentally or physically prepared for this to the point of where I got really dizzy and my eye sight went all patchy. I pushed through this for a while and then (during a short water refuel) left. Yes I left. Walked out. Abandoned ship. Did I feel good about this decision, no of course not but passing out was also not high on my to do list either.
I sat down for a couple minutes and then decided this is not the end, so hoped on a bicycle and peddled it out for another 20 mins. The dizziness soon went away and I felt proud of myself that I didn’t give up, I just changed direction.

Now I think there was a bigger lesson here to learn….

No I’m kidding.

Happy New 2016 everyone!

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Back to basics

Moving overseas also means quitting the gym and getting rid of my exercise equipment…. which of course I used all the time…

 

But it also forcing me to come up with new and inventive ways to stay fit…. but hey here’s a novel idea…

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Motivation Monday

Rise and shine fatties.

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Fatties run too.

“Only skinny people do marathons”… this my friends is a myth, a lie! How do I know this? Well two years ago I somehow motivated myself to do a half marathon (that’s 21km…just saying…aka a freaking long way). I was surprised at the variation of body types that were there! There was young, old, short tall, toned, tubby you name it. Many people use these marathons, whether it be the full, half, quarter or the fun runs, as personal goal posts for their own weight loss journeys, their health journeys, fundraising for charity etc.

The great thing about being a plumper runner is that you are always being cheered on!

ImageThe downside of course is the chaffing, the sweating,  the clothes riding up into unimaginable places, and the catching yourself in a reflection and thinking  Oh god, do I really look like that?. But don’t give up fatties! Take it from me, someone that loathed running and now is getting people calling me “A Runner”? (How did this happen?) slow and steady wins the race!

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I think the problem with exercises like running is that a lot of overweight people are embarrassed to go out in public, fearful of other people’s judgments. Well, take it from me when I see a fattie running, I just give them a mental high five. What I would recommend if you are worried is going to a park, running circuit/trail or a gym, where people go specifically to exercise therefore surrounding yourself with likeminded people. In terms of worrying if people are staring at you…bitch please. I’m busy fixating on the super toned girl that I would give my weight in gold to be like. I couldn’t care less about another fattie trying to lose weight. I have to face that situation everyday!

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Super Soul Simpson Sunday

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Body dysmorphia can work with you.

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