I have been going to the gym for over five years now. And, just like the show Cheers, it’s a place where everybody knows your name. But, lately, I have been spotting more and more newbies in the crowd. It seems odd to me because New Year’s has come and gone. And then I wonder, what is their motivation for being here?
- Do they want to get their old high school body back?
- Do they want to run a race?
- Do they want to get healthy?
- Did their loved one tell them they needed to drop a couple of pounds?
- Did they just watch the Biggest loser and get inspired?
- Do they want to fit into a new dress or suit?
Whatever their motivation, it’s always inspiring to see someone make a commitment to being active!
We’re Not That Different, You and Me
I recently came across a new face at my gym. He was on the treadmill in front of me — overweight, walking slow, and looking a little unsure of himself. Doubt and determination simultaneously existed in his eyes. He reminded me of myself five years ago – a guy who could only last 48 seconds on a treadmill; someone who was ashamed to be inside of a gym for fear of being judged. I wanted to tell this brave new member, that it can and will get better, that amazing transformations are possible — you just can’t give up.
Don’t Prove People Wrong, Prove Yourself Right
When I first started my weight loss journey, so many people told me I would be unsuccessful, and that whatever weight I lost I would gain back. To all those naysayers, I can proudly say that I have kept off over 200 pounds for over four years. I developed confidence and discovered strength, and have found ways to pay if forward. The blog I created inspires people on a daily basis, and for that I am incredibly humbled and grateful.
Anything is Possible
I used to be healthy and fit only in my dreams. Now I believe: if you dream it, you can become it.
I used to hate fruits and vegetables; for years I wouldn’t go near the stuff. I for sure didn’t like papaya. Now, my plate is more colorful than it ever was before, and I’ve learned that healthy food can taste great! But I still don’t like papaya (it’s not my thing).
I used to be unable to fit under an umbrella at 400 pounds, and I hated getting soaked! Today, there was a downpour in Orlando as I left the gym. I could have used my umbrella, but didn’t want to. I didn’t even run to my car. I just walked. And, walking in the rain never felt so good.
What are some of your gym thoughts?
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