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Excuse: “I Don’t Want to Look Dumb”

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. K @ Finding a skinnier me

    I love this post.. I am one of those crazy self conscious bigger people who had the hardest time going to the gym due to worrying about what other people think but I find it helps to be in the back of a class and start with one. Also when I work out on the machines I plug in music and focus on that, it helps to tune out everyone else! But I love the idea of getting with a trainer!

    Some of my daily excuses are.. I’m tired after a long day at work, I need to clean my house and I feel guilty for not spending time with my dogs or cat! Can’t wait for the excuses posts!!
    K @ Finding a skinnier me recently posted..Falling in love again…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the comment! I understand the feeling of being the big girl at the gym. It was DEFINITELY hard for me to get into the pool. Once I did it a few times, though, it got easier and easier.

  2. Deb

    Honestly when I first started that was my smallest worry. I was fighting panic attacks every time I entered the gym for months because I knew I would be surrounded by strangers. I don’t handle random people especially well.
    Deb recently posted..Sunday Day 624 Somebody Had a Birthday

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Have you gotten over that?

  3. Erin

    I started by working out with my husband. Having my own cheerleader who knew my abilities helped me build my confidence. I recently left LA fitness and joined a local powerlifting gym where I’m one of 4 girls at team trainings! As far as not feeling dumb, it helps that I love my gym, team and sport. But man was it intimidating to walk in for the first time! Best choice I’ve made in my road to weight loss.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That’s a great way to start! Build your confidence and then tackle the gym.

  4. Miz

    quite frankly Im sooo awkward in all areas of my life EXERCISE IS JUST ANOTHER 🙂
    so I embrace and move on.
    Miz recently posted..Get Fit TOGETHER!

  5. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because

    This is SO true. I’m really looking forward to this series!

    When I first started working out, I definitely had the “I don’t wanna look dumb” thoughts nagging in the back of my head. Especially because I work out in a college gym, surrounded by 19 year olds! Eventually, I got over it and now I don’t care what I look like, ha!
    Alex @ Brain, Body, Because recently posted..“Life Things” + We Got a CAT!

  6. Lori

    I just had to do it and ignore whatever I felt. I decided what someone thought of me wasn’t going to stop me. I had a hard time wearing cycling clothes at first because I felt they were showing off all my flab and loose skin. Then I realized that even if any actually did notice me – what they thought of me wasn’t *my* problem, but theirs. And honestly, people usually don’t notice and if they do it isn’t the monstrous thoughts I was putting in their head.
    Lori recently posted..BOW – Crossbow and knots

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Love it! Great positive attitude. As for the cycling clothes, the only people that look good in them are currently biking Tour de France. 🙂

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