The other night at the gym, I saw a young man in the middle of what looked his first personal training session. He was probably over 300 pounds, I’m really bad at guessing weights, but he was trying his best to do the moves the trainer showed him. He had to stop and rest a lot, his chest heaving, his face flushed, his shirt soaked in sweat, but he didn’t quit. I had a moment of tenderness towards this complete stranger. Instead of being annoyed at how crowded the gym has become, I was happy that this young man was there. He had decided that 2013 was going to be the year he was going to lose the weight that’s been holding him back.
I had an overwhelming urge to approach him and say “Keep doing it. Don’t quit. You can do this.”
But I didn’t. I’ve had these feelings before, I Saw my Ghost at the Pool, and in that case I did not approach the woman either. I don’t think it’ s my place to comment on someone’s efforts or desire to lose weight. I will help if asked, but I won’t assume they WANT my help if they don’t ask.
Despite that, I do wish I could give some people encouraging words–especially this time of year. The gyms are flooded with newbies and while a lot of them will quit by March and do the whole thing again next January, there is a small percentage of people who WILL stick it out and keep trying. I want those people to KEEP TRYING.
I finished up my own workout and sent good vibes that man’s way. I hope I see him again the next time I work out.
If you’re looking for some more motivation, try checking out this list: Top Health and Fitness Sites for 2013. I was nominated to be included on the list and I’m so happy about that! My goal for this blog is to encourage people to get healthy with whatever methods work best for them–and still enjoy their lives. Check out the list for more blogs doing the same.
Here is some more motivation and information if you’re starting to flounder with your goals:
Since I didn’t tell the guy at the gym, I’m telling YOU. “Keep doing it. Don’t quit. You can do this.” Don’t quit. Wait. Exercise and healthy eating may just become a habit for you and maybe it will be easier. It got easier for me, give yourself time to adjust.
QUESTION: Describe your very first gym experience. What made you go back the next time?