Why Don’t The People Who Have Been Going To My Gym All Along Look Any Better?
I truly do not understand this one. I understand that I myself have gotten fat due to my lack of desire to even drive past the gym, let alone go in and workout but I recently made the vow to myself that I was going to at least try to do something about the almost thirty pounds that I am now packing that I shouldn’t be and so I have been diligently watching what I eat, working out on my Wii Fit and yesterday I finally returned to the gym. What amazed me was not the fact that most of the people there were the people that were there almost a year ago working out at the same time but that they looked exactly the same. No bulging muscles, no lack of gut, they were for all purposes just looking exactly the same and as I ellipticalled myself into a frenzy I couldn’t help but get a little depressed. Why don’t the people who have been going to my gym all along look any better? – Don’t Get Me Started!
Of course I’ve looked at this from every angle. Maybe these people haven’t been diligently working out three days a week or what have you and they themselves just recently returned to the gym too. Sure that’s plausible but I really don’t think that’s the case. I think these people have been working out and instead of making major changes they’re just maintaining. Isn’t that an awful word, “maintaining?” It’s such a stuck in a rut or something kind of word. I hate that word. I don’t want to just maintain, I want to see results. And I’m sure that these people do too. However if I’m honest, I know that the latest five pounds I gained came on when I stopped going to the gym so perhaps even though I thought I was too fat then, all I was doing was maintaining. Argh.
My guy (who may have had a weight problem when he was seven but is in great physical shape and has been for most of his life) always says to me, “You didn’t put it on overnight so it’s not going to drop off overnight.” But these kinds of phrases just make me want to puke in someone’s running shoe. Sure I know he’s right but who wants to hear what’s right? Not me, I would like to spend every day of my life being lied to because I’ve spent most of my life lying to myself so that’s where I feel comfortable.
I have to say that everything they say about working out is true. If you do it in the morning it really gets your day off to a good start. (Although I have to say if you sweat like me, once you start it takes hours to stop so I showered and was still sweating all through the shower and getting dressed for work – it’s an old dancer habit. I once had a dance teacher tell me that I didn’t sweat enough. From that moment on, all someone has to do is look at me and I start sweating. Of course it could be that my body is dying to get the weight off too so it’s trying to throw the weight out of every pore. I like that imagery best.) It’s the getting to the gym that gets me (and almost everyone I know) in trouble. I once had a chiropractor tell me to just go to the gym and not worry about how long I’m there. He said that the important thing was to create the habit and get your body used to going. That was more important than anything. Sure you need to do some sort of physical activity when you get there but it’s the not getting there at all, the making excuses, the changing the alarm from “snooze” to an hour from now that causes you to wake up thirty pounds overweight and causes you to almost pass out from simply bending over to tie your shoes.
So while I can easily get wrapped up into the seeming failure of the people who have continued to work out in my absence from the gym, what I realize I’m really doing is deflecting my attention so that I don’t have to see how overweight or out of shape I am. Hey, they have their own lives, their own problems and I’m assuming their own names since I know none of them well enough to do more than the head nod acknowledgement. So as my father used to advise, “Let them worry about them and you worry about you.” And believe me, I’m plenty worried about me and my current physical condition. Still I can’t help but wonder a little, why don’t the people who have been going to my gym all along look any better? – Don’t Get Me Started!
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