I saw you at the gym today. I’m there a lot, so I know the regulars, and I can tell you’re not yet one of them.
You looked uncomfortable walking in for the first time. I could see you glancing nervously at the people in better shape than you, that combination of self-conscious anxiety and envy written clear as day across your face. I watched you out of the corner of my eye as you struggled to lift a little weight and walk briskly for a little while on the treadmill. If you saw me looking, I hope you understood that I wasn’t judging you. I just wanted to make sure you didn’t get hurt.
And, you made me think. You don’t know this, but it reminded me of when I was starting out my new life for the first time. A lot of us that you were watching, half embarrassed and half to imitate, were exactly where you were once too. So know that there’s no need to be ashamed, because we know just where you are and how you feel.
Congratulations on taking the first step. Good for you. I hope you keep it up, come back again and again, and become a regular. And if you do, I know that someday you’ll be standing in my shoes, watching the next scared fat person glance enviously at you as they begin their new lives.
Inspired by everyday occurrences, and the gym anxiety that I know everyone feels once.
* Note from HealthierEveryDay: I hope this is not offensive in any way to anyone. I found it true, for me. I don’t judge people who are working out - whatever their size. I’m proud of them… each and every one of them… for finding the strength to get up and do it. It can be hard, scary, intimidating - but ultimately it’s SO worth it. :)
Just have to post this so I have it on my blog. The only thing I’ll change is I’ll substitute butter for coconut oil. Voila! Paleo. :)
OhmyGOODNESS! That looks AWESOME!
Here’s a link to the recipe for all you other Paleo-heads!
Thank you so much for sharing!
I think I will purchase today:
- Nalgene. I want a really cute, decorated one. Where do I find one? Any tips?
- A new bra. I’m literally falling out of this one. Along my weight-loss journey I’ve lost a full cup (yaaay, sorry but they were too big before and now I’m loving their size).
- Sunglasses. These I will probably get this weekend. I want Ray Bans. It’s time.
- The next book in the series The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. Almost done with the second one - 20 pages to go. :)
Not sure what else just yet, but sometimes I just want to spend money. Today is one of those days. :)
Hi! Thanks for the message!
I agree - a lot of it does seem like typical clean eating.
However, I’m not at all surprised that beans and potatoes aren’t allowed while on Paleo. Beans are one of the hardest foods for the body to digest (that’s why Beano exists… and the rhyme “beans, beans, they’re good for your heart, the more you eat the more you fart”) and potatoes are practically pure starch. Don’t get me wrong I FRIGGIN LOVE POTATOES but I was not at all surprised they aren’t allowed on Paleo.
So far I haven’t experienced a change in energy upwards (like so many people do) but I did experience a pretty severe drop yesterday. Read about it here.
Also, yesterday I outlined how strict I will be while doing Paleo - check out that post by clicking here.
Keep an eye out for updates on my experience, though. I will definitely be posting them. :)
You mean these?!?!
I LOVE YOU, ROBIN!!!
I can’t WAIT to make these!! Awesome awesome AWESOME!!!!
(and totally Paleo!)
Workout #2 - Walked a mile in the sun this afternoon, swiftly. Broke a sweat.
Workout #3 - Lifted and carried boxes filled with books from my storage room to my car for about 15 minutes (i.e. heavy lifting… VERY heavy lifting!)
Workout #4 - Lifted and carried boxes filled with books from my car to my new home for about 15 minutes. (see above. Heavy lifting).
My arms are about to fall off.
I planned to do my floor workout tonight (abs, arms, legs) but eff that! I don’t need any more working out today.
I need some CALORIES!
Paleo food porn to come, shortly.
Thank you for this! I will stop at Whole Foods on my way home from work today for bananas.
As Robindoesrunning suggested, it might have also been not enough refueling after my workout this morning.
And as Jillianmichaelswannabe suggested, it might have been not enough protein so far today (though with a protein shake for breakfast [20g], a hardboiled egg for a snack [7g] and paleo chili for lunch [probably around 15g] - I’m not sure this one fits the bill.
Whatever it was, the message from my body was clear: FEED ME!
I was happy to oblige.
PS And thanks to everyone who responded to this. Evidently this is not common, so it may not have anything to do with going Paleo at all - it might just be that I am undernourished today. Time to grub up! xxx
PPS - Twinny, (i.e. Jillianmichaelswannabe), you are a plethora of information! What would I do without you?! I will get crankin on that protein intake, pronto!!