I always laugh, inwardly, when people I know exclaim…. “Geeze Mary, how can you eat this or that or drink this or that and never gain weight??” “I wish I could eat like that!!!” People seem to think that I am somehow different to them. That I am super super disciplined all the time and only splurge occasionally, or that I have the metabolism of a rat!!! But really I am just like you- the only difference is that maybe I run a few more miles than you do to burn off the deserts and the beer! There was a time in my life when I never really exercised per se, although I have always been very active. I love food! I hated the bikini diet….. sure I lost my cellulite, but I also lost my beer, wine, fruit, bread, deserts…….not a fair exchange in my opinion.
Now that I am a trainer and food cop, people around me are beginning to think that I am judging every morsel they eat, or mile they don’t run, or workout they skip……but the truth is, I’m not! And neither is any other trainer. Sometimes, I think people are intimidated to get started on a workout program. They feel like they need to lose 10 lbs before they go to the gym, sort of like those people who clean their house before the cleaning lady gets there – lol. People are afraid that they will be laughed at or judged when they walk into the gym and aren’t in the shape they want to be in, or weight what they want to be. Or they are afraid to go run with their running friends in case they slow them down! And the reason I know this is becauseI was one of those people. When I first started running about 4/5 years ago, L & K were training for a marathon and K always invited me to go run with them. But they seemed so far ahead of me, I was terrified to join them. So I plodded around on my own, never improving and never truly enjoying running. Finally, I took the plunge and ran with them…. and guess what???? No one died, no one laughed at me, no one got annoyed that I was too slow- instead I gained speed, learned to love to run, got in many great great laughs (with my running partners) and never looked back.
I challenge you to stop thinking, stop worrying what anyone else will think, stop with the delay tactics and just decide to do it!!!