Gym fear is the main stopper for people taking the needed step of joining a gym. As humans, we worry so much about what people think, or that we won't be good enough, but we have to remember that everyone will always have an opinion, yet the only opinions that matters are ours and the small circle of tier 1 people in our lives. If we let our thoughts and people have power over our actions we are limiting the success that is meant for us. The more often we put ourselves in situations that are uncomfortable, the stronger our courage muscles get, and we start to believe in ourselves more.
I asked Connie Wright who has lost 100lbs in 2017, because she stepped way outside of her comfort zone, developed a routine and good habits, made friends, and began to love herself first.
I'd like to Welcome Connie as our first guest High Vibe Blogger!
For about one year I would “watch” the Facebook page of High Vibe Fitness. Every time a JumpStart program would come up I would think of a million reasons why it just didn’t fit into my schedule. Truthfully, I had so much negative talk going on in my mind that I was always able to talk myself out of it. Plus, the fear of bringing myself into a gym to attempt a workout. I was so afraid of being judged, wondering if people would wonder why I let myself get so big, would they look at me and think to themselves how does she think she can do this when she is so heavy?! Knowing that I would not be able to do everything that everyone else was doing was truly a very scary thought. Fearful that I would set myself up for more failure if I tried to “be one of them”.
When I went to the doctor for my physical, she told me she would like to see me loose at least 60 pounds. My blood pressure was high, and if I didn’t bring it down, I would have to start on medicine. That was the very last thing that I wanted to do. So, when JumpStart came up the next time, I was in! That doctor appointment gave me the push that I needed to get off the couch!
I was so scared. I knew that it was going to be so very hard to start to workout. Each time I would complete a workout, I would drive home and try to catch my breath the entire ride. No lie, my heart was racing so fast, I thought I would die. But I knew with each workout I was going to eventually get stronger, and just maybe I could walk out of class talking with people and not working at getting my breath back. After each class, I would ache and hurt, but this was different because I knew that I was doing something good for my body.
As JumpStart was wrapping up and we could transition into regular classes, I was so scared once again. Having seen people working out at the other classes, I didn’t think I would ever be able to participate with them. Again, the fears came creeping back into my head and all the self-doubt that I carried with myself. You know what is amazing? Not one person made me feel inadequate or that I didn’t belong there. I received so much support from everyone; it kept me coming back for more and more. We are truly our own worst critic!
I have been on my lifestyle change for just over a year. I have grown and learned so much in this past year. First and foremost, I have come to love myself once again and know that I am worthy. I am stronger, heathier and can do so much more than I ever felt I am capable of. My zest for life is back, and I live it to the fullest each day! I have an incredible support team both at home and at High Vibe. I have gained incredible friendships!! Even on days when I get the feeling that I don’t want to work out, (doesn’t happen often) I go because I can’t wait to see them!!!
The fear of walking into a gym and starting to workout is so very intimating and very real! I have been there and knew all too well how that feeling is! Once you put the fear at bay, it is amazing the world that you can open for yourself. I saw this quote today and it so very true: We probably wouldn't worry what people thought of us if we knew how seldom they do.
It is NEVER too late to get out of your comfort zone and start a healthy lifestyle. I am in the best shape of my life at age 50. The great part about it, I have my life back and will continue to strive to be the best version of me daily. Had I not taken the leap on January 5, 2017, I would still be sitting on my couch at night letting life pass me by!