Yea, Yea, Yea, I know! You hate all of us non-fit, newly resolved, noncommittal types who just committed to your gym. The gym you go to every other day no matter what.
We are taking your parking spaces, we are taking your equipment. We are taking up all the space at the front of your exercise class. We don’t know where we are going or what time anything starts. We look overwhelmed and at the same time cocky because we are now ‘going to the gym’ and ‘getting in shape.’ Finally! Something that you have been doing for years.
What makes us so special? We now act like we own the place. We forget to wipe up our funk off of the stair-stepper after our grueling 20 minutes. Only 20 minutes and we look like we just took a dip in the pool. You see, we sweat so profusely because this is the most movement we have had since we had to run into McDonalds from the parking lot when they screwed up our drive-in order.
Some of us start a program that we were able to do 10-15 years ago, like no time has passed. Only after, realizing that a lot of fucking time has passed! Some of us just walk into the fitness room and jump from machine to machine, pretending that we know what we are doing and then get bored. Some of us start a fitness class with other newbies and realize that it is not as easy to walk out in the middle of class when everyone can see you leave.
Just be patient. It won’t last long. Mid February, maybe early March, we should be clearing out soon enough. A few of us will inflict an injury - on ourselves. A couple may even provide some excitement being taken out on stretchers!
Instead of getting mad at us and cursing our brand new work out clothes with matching bag, sneakers, and headband, try to have some pity. We really don’t know what we are doing. We may act like we are ready for the workout routine. But we are not. We may act as if we love going to the gym. But we don’t. We may try to keep up with the crazy spin lady. But we can’t.
There are some who will find that fun. Find that spark that will light their ass on fire. Then they will love going to the gym. Some will start to feel really good and realize how healthy they are feeling. They will actually look forward to their work-out. Be kind, because some of those will be here the rest of the year!
But the rest of us, in all reality, are scared, miserable and tired. We don’t like working out. We don’t want to get off the couch. We hate seeing all you svelte committed exercisers, rolling your eyes at us. Our motivation to start getting inshape is usually a vane one - just so we don’t have to buy the next size up - just so we can eat a few pieces of pie and not look 5 months pregnant. Is that too much to friggin' ask? However, vanity will not be enough to keep us motivated. We will search for a better motivation. But what-the-fuck-ever! We won’t last. We never do. We will skip a week and then 2 weeks and then 3 months will have gone by and we will cancel our membership. That is…. until the open enrollment is offered next January!
Until next year.