You may notice I have some serious resting bitch face on in this photo. It’s because I’m getting tired of having this experience. I had some extra time today and since two coaches have suggested more conditioning would benefit me in strongman, I decided to get a day pass at one of the local commercial gyms to die on the stairmill. (I maybe kinda sorta miss having one regularly.) That part was all fine until I remembered why I hate coming to these places... I couldn’t even count how many judging looks I got. Straight up looks like, “oh, the fat girl wants to work out, how cute.” Listen, just stop. Everyone always wants to say that if people want to lose weight to go to the gym, and while I 100% agree, I also agree that who wants to go and be stared at like a zoo animal? I may be big, but you don’t know that I’ve lost 55# and go to the gym nearly every day. You don’t know that I can out squat you and your bro and looking at what you were pulling today, probably out pull you too. You don’t know what it took for that girl, that guy, whomever, to get into the gym today. You don’t know how brave they had to be. You don’t know that maybe if you just smiled at them and made them feel like they belonged maybe they’d come back tomorrow.
So maybe just smile and be kind. And maybe be secretly proud of that person who doesn’t look like it yet, but who’s busting their ass at the gym. Because everyone starts somewhere.
#rant #benice #justsmile #everyonebelongsatthegym #trusttheprocess #positivity #slowprogressisstillprogress #comingforitall #always