I. the candy machine at Super One broke, and I secretly filled my pocket with M&Ms. I was five years old when I understood what guilt felt like.
II. we lined up outside the nurse’s office, waiting to be measured and weighed. I sucked in my stomach in hopes of shrinking the number on the scale. I was in second grade.
III. in fourth grade, I started giving away my chocolate chip cookies at lunch. I didn’t think I needed them, and I wanted the other kids to like me."
hello! you are so sweet, thank you soooo much.
the first introduction I had with strength training was with P90X years ago, and because I was familiar with those exercises, I felt more comfortable going in to the gym as long as I had a plan beforehand. but it still took until my senior year in college to really feel comfortable in the weight room! there’s no way around it, the gym is intimidating until you get in there enough and really feel comfortable with your surroundings.
- make an awesome playlist full of music that makes you feel happy. like the kind of playlist you just can’t wait to put your headphones on and listen to.
- convince yourself you are the most badass of all badasses. pretend if you have to, but confidence - and it can be fake confidence - is absolutely key.
- be friendly to people in the gym. if you go at a consistent time each day/week, you’ll start to recognize other gym-goers and then you can do the mutual hey-I-know-you-but-not-really head nod every time you see each other.
as for proper form, I didn’t learn until I started training with people who already knew. the internet is sometimes pretty unreliable when it comes to lifting and it’s so easy to injure yourself by going too heavy with improper technique, so I would suggest to first focus on getting comfortable with your surroundings; the weight machines are actually pretty straightforward, as are free weights for simple things like curls.
it’s totally normal to be nervous, but you don’t have to have a pre-existing lifting background to be in the weight room. and questions are a-okay and probably definitely encouraged!; seriously I would feel honored if somebody asked me for help with a lift or a machine in the gym. just get in there and do what makes you feel good! :)
I was really hoping I’d be one of a kind 😒
I really want to know how many other people you sent this same message to
if you send me a text or leave me a voicemail, there’s about a two percent chance I’ll respond in a timely manner because I’ve been sucking at continuing conversations for the past 22 years or so now
yay rent and car payments and insurance and groceries and gas! yay being an independent adult! yay having to work multiple jobs whether I like it or not in order to pay the bills ! ! !
(that. that’s why.)
can we just talk about how I’m straight nannying for three different families from 8:30AM tomorrow morning until 11 the next day