Go back.

on June 8, 2010 in Get Fit with 10 comments by

I used to hate going to the gym. I mean, I would pay for a membership and go every now and again, but I didn’t enjoy it.

One of the best parts of the Get Fit Challenge is that I grew to enjoy the gym. [Ok, “enjoy” is a strong word. Maybe I should say that I grew to appreciate the gym.]

I used to only go to piloga classes (a combo of pilates and yoga) and water aerobics. But now I’m also digging Zumba, the elliptical, the treadmill, and the weight machines.

And then sometimes [and here, 100 words later, is where this post actually begins], I try new classes. For example, I have tried Weight Training classes a few times. And I don’t love them. Nor do I particularly like them.

Last Thursday, I went to a Zumba class and then thought it might be fun [first mistake] to stick around for the Weight Training class, which involved such things at 10 lb weights, a medicine ball, a weight bar, a bench, a mat. Lots and lots of gear.

The teacher was mean. The class was packed tight. I was tired and in a bad mood.

So I walked out. Before the class ended, I quit. Packed up. Walked out.

I was discouraged. I was mad. I was tired and tired of it. I felt a lot of things.

But on Friday morning, I went back. I went back to the gym.

I had a good realization sometime Friday morning. It is absolutely okay if I don’t like the Weight Training classes. I’m not trying to enter a body building contest. I’m just trying to eat healthy and exercise. That’s it.

So if I dislike some of the classes that the gym offers, I DON’T HAVE TO GO.

But I do have to go back to the gym. I know that feeling of Thursday- the feeling that I failed at the gym. And a lot of times that meant I would avoid the gym for days weeks ever.

That’s the old me. Not Annie 2010.

I won’t let one bad workout day define my entire workout life.

No sir. I will not.

So on Friday, I went back to the gym.



  1. Maddie
    posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 5:22 AM  |  reply

    That’s so awesome. I just joined a gym and enlisted the help of a trainer two months ago after many years of avoiding anything that might bring about sweat. (I STILL hate sweat, lol, but I’ve come to appreciate all that it implies) By God’s grace, I am thus far, my determined quest for a significant healthy lifestyle change is going well. For this, I am more grateful than I could begin to tell you. Here’s hoping and praying that you and I both hang onto our newfound resolve toward healthy living and that God uses the results of that resolve to open countless doors that we’ve never even thought to dream.

    Sending encouragement your way today and every day. You’re doing great!

  2. posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 8:48 AM  |  reply

    As one who avoids working out at all costs, I can totally relate. So proud of you for going back!

  3. posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 10:32 AM  |  reply

    That’s awesome! You’re doing great!

  4. Mickie
    posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 10:32 AM  |  reply

    Go Annie Go!! We miss you!!

  5. posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 10:44 AM  |  reply

    Good for you! You can do it. And avoid the weight training classes, they are just wrong.

  6. Kristi kay
    posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 2:30 PM  |  reply

    Man, Annie 2010 needs to come hang out with KKPS 2010!!! I could use the motivation.

  7. posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 2:50 PM  |  reply

    You rock Annie! I feel the same way you do. Some days (or even weeks) it’s okay just to do the things you like best (or hate the least! : ) ). The point of exercise is to do it consistently. So if you don’t like something–skip it! I’m not a weights person either. Cardio is my thing. If that means I am flabbier than I could be, so be it!

    Good for you for getting back there!

  8. Merideth
    posted on Jun 08, 2010 at 3:30 PM  |  reply

    You go girl! And the Elyptical machine rocks!

  9. posted on Jun 09, 2010 at 6:18 AM  |  reply

    Good for you!

  10. posted on Jun 14, 2010 at 2:37 PM  |  reply

    You go girl! And the Elyptical machine rocks!

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