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How You Can Feel Good About Exercising, Even When You're Not Getting The Results You Want
Like many people, I’m not naturally thin. No, the Gods of Chanel and Charles Frederick Worth did not open the skies for me and say a blessing upon my birth that declared I would have a fast metabolism. The truth is, I’ve never had a completely flat stomach. This was especially true in high school, where at my unhealthiest I weighed 145 lbs. and had barely any muscle on my modest (but adorable!), 5”2 frame.
In college, I was determined to change my snacking habits and overall laziness. Pusheen the cat is my everything but I just do not look as cute when I’m passed out eating a cupcake.
I also 1); took points from reluctant people in the gym who just wanted to be left alone (sorry guys but thx for ur help!) 2); participated in classes where I messed up every choreographed move and just ended up doing my own thing to everyone else’s annoyance and 3); watched workout videos where I damned the digital instructor.
hat’s when I decided I would keep exercising and eating healthy, because I knew those things actually did make me better–but I would have to re-learn to be proud of the results, no matter what they were.
To start, I had to remind myself that regardless of the results working out was worth it. It made me healthy and capable. I could go on long bike trips, hiking or dancing all night without wheezing for once in my life. So obviously that’s the biggest reward and main reason anyone should work out.
Next I learned to accept that things I’ve viewed as “problem areas” were things other people didn’t even notice or honestly care about. Men and women alike I know complain about things they would change if the chance was given. I found most of the time I didn’t notice their “thinning hair,” “double-chin” or “flabby arms,” but to them, these were real problems. So for anyone going through this right now, let me stress–people are not looking at that thing you think they’re looking at, and they probably think you’re way more attractive than you believe.
And then I understood… I really did notice I looked better. Working out did things I didn’t expect it too–for instance, my skin somehow became less blotchy. Also I saw the toning in my legs. I started looking at myself in the mirror while working out again. Seriously though–everyone deserves to be a little vain when they exercise, because you are bettering your physique in so many ways by putting it to the test and investing in its well-being.
Lastly, I bought clothes that I really really thought looked awesome to work out in. In fact, I love my exercise clothes so much I even wear them out because neon colors and spandex are fly as hell. I didn’t spend much money on my gear, but my Yankees Sports bra is officially my everything, and I love layering it under sheer shirts. I also adore my workout leggings that only cost me $9.99. Sometimes I wear a leopard top to go along with my leggings too. It’s the gym–wear whatever makes you feel good. (Except for sneakers–definitely get good sneakers).
So if you’re discouraged from exercising because the results aren’t what you want, it’s okay. Of course, it’s not as if I think I’m perfect or don’t still feel self-conscious about my body. But I do appreciate it more now than ever and I treat it better, which is why I wrote this, people! I want it to be known that these struggles you may have while getting into working out are normal, and that it could be such a more positive experience if we focus on what we’re improving instead of standards that for many of us, are unachievable or can lead to unhealthy obsessions. I hope my journey helps you on yours and remember, no matter who you are, you’re a Pusheenicorn.
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