In Case You’re on Day One and
Already Feel Like Quitting

(in)courage | 1/19/2019 | Staff
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Every January 1st, I become an idealist.

Rarely do I want to be like the rest of the world, so last year I signed up for the gym on December 30th. This will be the year! I told myself as I paid for a gym membership at the front counter. This will be the year I suddenly transform into one of those shiny, athletic women with the high bouncy ponytails.

Fraud - Gym - Hair - Bouncy - Bun

I felt like a fraud walking into the gym. My hair was not high or bouncy but was falling further and further out of the messy bun I had half-haphazardly pushed it in. I had never stepped foot inside a gym before. My level of confidence fell below zero. I watched the muscular lady at the front counter hand me my pass.

“Here you go,” she said smiling. “You’re now a VIP member.”

Card - Thank

“Oh,” I said, accepting the key card. “Thank you.” I think they call you VIP so you feel more important; it wasn’t quite working for me.

She pointed toward the large staircase behind her. “All of the equipment is up there. Don’t worry, there are diagrams on each machine that explain how it works.”

Could - Person - Canada

“Right . . . ” Could she tell I’m the least athletic person in Canada?

I took my plastic water bottle — which was glaringly un-eco-friendly — and my running shoes, putting my coat and boots in a locker. I forced myself to walk up the giant staircase toward the machines.

Thoughts

Three thoughts before we move on:

In gyms, why are there mirrors everywhere? Do I want to constantly be looking at my sweaty self? Short answer: no.

People - Gym - Friends - Person - Experience

I now understand why people go to the gym with friends. For an extroverted person, it’s a lonely experience on your own.

I think my body missed the “endorphins” memo. I have yet to feel them...
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