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The Chunky Girl’s Motivation to Get Moving

Hopes for the Gym-A-Phobe

by The Tattooed Mommie  |  3075 views  |  2 comments  |       Rate this now! 

I’d like to introduce myself to you. I am the average person in America today who needs to lose weight. A solid 18 pounds, to be exact. So, as most people who need to lose weight I have a choice of buying a piece of exercise equipment or joining a gym. Considering the last gym I joined only lasted 2 weeks before I lost all motivation to go, I think I’m more of a workout-at-home kind of gal. Maybe it had something to do with being in a room, sweating as if I were trenching through a South American jungle, in front of beefcake guys, who at one time and 45lbs ago used to be chasing me, but now can barely refrain from chuckling as I groan and struggle with bench presses. Pressing only the bar. A Damn heavy bar!

And the girls - don’t let me get started. I warned you. There are two types of girls who go to gyms.

The first type, myself included, being the girls who need to go to the gym in order to lose weight or keep weight off. We are the girls who go in old t-shirts and shorts and we are somewhat self-conscious of ourselves while working out because frankly we aren’t used to embarrassing ourselves in the general public. We’re the ones that leave red-faced and pit-stained.

Then there are the girls who, although seemed to be mimicking the actions of working out, couldn’t possibly be doing anything as they weren’t sweating, not even the tiniest bead on their perfectly made up faces, and they were petite that it made me wonder if they had mistaken the “Ladies Fitness” sign for the “Size 0 Club” meeting. However, their cutest-of-cute, designer fitness clothing leads me to believe they actually knew what they were getting into.

But I digress.

And this is where I go into finding what fitness equipment is right for you. Because frankly, there’s a lot to choose from and unless you want to find yourself back in the gym making completely inappropriate sounds while sweating profusely in front of really cute guys and gals, then you’ll want to make a very sound decision. I’m the girl you find in the fitness department of Sears staring at the seemingly miles of exercise equipment wondering what difference does it make if I get an elliptical machine or a treadmill or the stationary bike? There is so much to choose from that it can be quite overwhelming. Well, here’s the deal: As long as it makes you sweat, it keeps you moving and you’re somewhat motivated to get on it, it’s doing its job! So don’t worry about the details of exactly what it is, what motions you are doing or how ergonomic it is. All being important factors, I’m sure, but not necessary at the moment.

2 comments so far...

  • Eighteen pounds is SO do-able. You can do it! I reached my goal weight - 25 pounds in four and a half months - through a combination of 3-times-a-week gym, long walks on the weekend, and Weight Watchers. I've been trying to lose it for over a decade, and only seeing the pounds go steadily on, despite my efforts. But when I put the eating and the activity together - ta-dah! - steady weight loss. 25 pounds in 4.5 months is only slightly more than a pound a week. I'm thrilled -- and I am GOING to keep it off!

    You can, too. You GO!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by MaryP on 25th September 2007

  • ooh my you and Kathy Howe both talking about elipticals!!! of course i have a treadmill... it IS boring!! and yes, i have the TV at a zillion decibles because you cant hear over the *swooshswooshswoosh* of the belt.
    maybe if i had a basement....

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 24th September 2007