I think I am going to have to change the name of this blog from Locker Room Chatter, to Behind Closed Doors! Because so much goes on there. You might be reading this and thinking, I can’t believe she’s talking about me. I’m actually talking about a number of YOU, as I hear this so often, and that’s why I write.
- To dispel the myths and just get it on the table.
- To get you going again.
- Because it’s not one person who feels this way, it’s so many!
Once again, you are not alone. The other day I saw a friend on the Stairmaster. My thoughts: I’m so excited to see her beautiful face, it’s been a while. Her thoughts: Ugh, I can’t believe she spotted me, I am trying to hide! Everyone in here is looking at me because I have fallen off, gained weight and I am trying to get in and out without anyone seeing. WHAT? I am so glad you’re here!
The next day I see another friend on the bike. My thoughts: I have to go tell her I can’t wait to go to her party. Her thoughts: Oh no, I have been eating cookies and cookies and put it all back on as she backed her body away in guilt. By nature I bring it out of people even when I’m not trying. I am a confessional. But NOT a judge. Just a safe place to say it.
The next woman walks in and down the hall half looking at me, shoulders rounded, body crouched as if to hide. Ok, life got in the way, or the holidays, or we just plain fell off and ate until we mentally woke up in a different body. We are not in college and this is not the walk of shame (who said that, I know nothing about the walk of shame . . . 😉 )
Worse are the ones who I don’t see at all because they have THIS going on in their head and feel like they can’t even walk through the door! It’s your perception vs reality. Reality is you have put on weight. Ok. There it is. That’s why there are people like me, who also are not perfect, but strong in their conviction to push you and motivate you and tell you that you have to start somewhere. If someone judges you, shame on them. Watch out for KarmaKat (that may be my next nickname after Kitty) I haven’t put a pair of jeans on since I grew out of mine. Nope. I have been wanting and needing to shop for a new pair since I gained 8 or so pounds in 2016. Yes, a lot of it was muscle, but not all, and regardless, my pants don’t fit. So I have been styling myself in a different way in order to work what I got . . . and it’s called LYCRA!
Here is my message to you if you have gained weight, and are afraid of walking through the door of life. The thoughts in your head are way heavier then the weight you have put on. The perception in your head is that feeling of shame being reflected outward. But how will you get started if that feeling blocks you from what is good for you? What you actually need is stress reduction, health, friends, balance and “you deserve it time”. Not a good time right now because of major life issues? Ok. You will get through one thing at a time and then make your plan. When you are ready, we are ready. In the meantime, keep following us, hang in there and do what you can. Start small. Take walks. Stretch. Pack snacks to stay on path! Or simply read health articles that will get you mentally engaged. I do this when driving on long trips to keep my mind in the game.
You walk through the door and tell me this got you there and I will go jean shopping. Deal?
We’re all in it together. And when one of us falls, another one LIFTS us up! Iron Beauty is not one or two people but a posse of like minded people who truly care about others and having their back. We are shifting the current from a world of judgement and tearing down, to building up having each other’s back and that my friend, is why you are here!
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With Strong Love,
Your coach and friendly stalker