I recently had a startling conversation with some of my friends. A couple of them shared how awkward they felt about going to the gym because of their size and lack of coordination. Shocked, I looked around our group and realized we were all a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. I came to the startling conclusion: Size is relative.
Really, think about it. When I tell my friends who are a size bigger than me that I need to lose weight, I get looks that could kill. When someone smaller than me says the same thing, I too . . . well, you get my meaning. For my friends that are bigger in size, they think I should be happy with my size. For my friends who are smaller than me, I think they should be ecstatic with their size. See, size is relative.
I’m not a scientist or a doctor and I don’t know your particular situation. However, I firmly believe if you start with trying to eat healthier and doing some form of exercise, and keep at it, you’ll see results. Although I may never be a size 4, that doesn’t bother me.
What does bother me? When I eat unhealthy, don’t exercise, then feel awful and know it’s because of poor choices I’ve made. When working out and eating right, I might look at a size 4 and “wish,” but the feeling quickly moves on because I’m working toward being healthier.
Fitness Classes: Listen, in some of the classes I’ve tried, I’m anything but graceful. There have been times I’ve been so out of step the instructor walks over to me and personally helps me through the steps. Yeah, and where is everybody looking at that point? You got it — me. It’s okay. I went out there and took the steps to a better me.
I’m turning 40 and have no problems walking around in jogging shorts. Why? Because I’ve worked and continue to work out my legs. They’re strong, not small! When I started my legs had more jiggle than Jell-O!
Be confident in this, taking steps to being healthier and toward a better you will yield results. Make a big note to yourself, paste it on your mirror, in your car, in your DayTimer, on your iPod, on your phone, calendar, everywhere you need to be reminded.
“I can do this!”
Today, make a plan, work the plan and go for it!
My Book Therapy Retreat Hostess and a romance novel addict, Alena Tauriainen juggles life in the family business while mothering four zany kids. She ponders the beginning aspects of a writer’s life while enjoying real life with her family. Email Alena at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know what you think about her writing and wellness column.