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Going to the Gym When You’re Heavy.*

Elliptical vs Treadmill

Elliptical vs Treadmill (Photo credit: eskayisis)

This is my story about finally getting the guts to go to a gym.

It was something I struggled with for a while.  I was afraid I was too fat for the gym.  Which is stupid, because why do people go to the gym?  I had reached a point where I had to do something with myself, and even though I was out of shape, something had to get me back into shape, right?

So I got a membership (that’s a whole other story) and got myself going.  At first I was freaked out, self-conscious, and hypersensitive to my surroundings.  After two days, I decided I didn’t care what other people thought, I felt better than I had in years after only two days!

These are the things I figured out when it comes to going to the gym when you’re fat:

1. Get over yourself.  If you are all freaked out about what other people are going to think, then you aren’t ready to put in the money, time and effort.  Paying for a membership isn’t going to immediately change your outlook, or your behavior.  If you aren’t ready to walk into a gym squeezed into a compression sports bra with your head held high, then you aren’t ready for it.

2.  No one cares what you look like.  I found this to be a hard truth.  I figured I was making an absolute fool out of myself huffing and puffing and sweating , but not a single person noticed because they were all too busy concentrating on themselves.  This is the truth.  If you are in the weight area of your gym, struggling with a five pound weight, the person next to you is too busy staring at their form in the mirror to pay you any matter.

3.  Get workout gear.  I found working out in ratty shorts and a t-shirt didn’t do anything to boost my self esteem, so I went shopping.  I hit the plus-sized workout clothing places and got bras, capris, t-shirts, workout jackets, sneakers, a new iPod, a sports watch, a gym bag…oh yes, I went shopping.  It felt good to wear clothes I would only wear at the gym.  Workout clothes are much more comfortable to work out in, to be honest.  Also, it gives me a reason to wear a screaming lime green workout shirt, as well as neon pink socks.  When I put my gear on, I was ready to sweat!

4.  People watching in a gym is hilarious.  Hauling myself around on an elliptical while watching the Zumba folks come in the front door in all of their Zumba brand gear is fabulous.  I had no idea there were shoes especially for Zumba class.  Also, the guys who can’t stop feeling their own muscles, the ladies who come in with a face full of make-up…these folks are awesome.  There’s this one lady who puts make up on in the locker room right before she goes out onto the equipment floor, and takes a quick flat-iron to her hair.  There are the folks who grunt loudly when they lift weights, there are the show-offs, the folks who really don’t know how to use the equipment correctly, and we cannot forget the techno folks.  These are the ones who sit on equipment and text.  More than once I had to ask someone if they could sit somewhere else because I wanted to get a set in.

5.  Get a trainer.  I can’t say it enough.  Not only will they get you working correctly, they are also supportive and in my experience, protective.  My trainer told me if anyone gave me a bad time, to tell her and she would handle it.  She’s not someone you mess around with.  Really, though.  A trainer will get you on a scheduled workout, will guide you through the workouts that will help you, show you how to use the equipment, and will be your cheerleader.  There’s nothing worse than using cable-weights the wrong way.  If you’re going to sweat a lot, why not make it for a reason?  The money I have spent on my trainer has been some of the best money I have spent in my life.  Yeah, a trainer can be spendy, but if you find the right one, the money is worth it.  I found it helps to be accountable to someone who won’t take excuses.

These are some of the things I discovered on my own.  Mind you, when I walked into my gym I had no idea what I was doing and I felt like a fool.  I got over all that in a hurry.  I am there to get healthy, not to impress anyone.  No one has laughed at me yet…in fact, one person came up to me, as I was dripping all over an elliptical, and told me that he was happy to see me in there every day, and that I was an inspiration.

Nice!

*When I say “fat”, I am saying I walked into the gym over  300 lbs.  No joke.

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Yes, Valentine’s Day!

Watch for the January FB Friends Discount Code and special offer for Valentines Jewelry orders!  Check out Owens Acres Designs for selections!

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Finally Found Ear Buds That Stay in my Ears!

I have tried standard, in-the-ear earbuds.  I have tried the iPod earbuds that come with the iPod’s.  I tried wrap-around-the-ear sport earbuds, thinking those were what I needed.

 

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JVC Inner Ear Sport Clip Headphones

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Standard iPod Earbuds

 

 

Even the totally cool looking JVC earbuds did not stay in my ears, and I was constantly adjusting them.  They were comfortable, but if you wear glasses they tend to get on your nerves.  It’s too bad, they are super cute.

So I ordered the iLuv Fit Active Sport Earphones, thinking why not?  They came today, so off to the gym I went with my new ear-gear.  They are funny looking, but are totally comfortable and once they were in, they were in.  I didn’t have to fiddle with them once, or push them back in because there were on the verge of falling out.

Needless to say, WINNER.

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iLuv Fit Active: the Winner!

 

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Cold Weather Aches and Pains…

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Arnica Warm Salve by Owens Acres

Pressure changes make my head hurt.

Let me rephrase that.  Pressure changes feels like a nail is being pounded into my left temple.

Cold Weather makes my neck, hands and knees ache.

My solutions?

Topical pain relief.  You don’t have to smear over-the-counter horrid smelling gels or creams, do a search online and find organic alternatives.

Sombra Warm Therapy in the roll-on container is a big help for the pain I get from bone-spurs in my neck, and it travels easily in bags and purses.  Also, Arnica Warm from Owens Acres, or the plain Arnica, work on the creaky knees.  The plain arnica balm I use as a hand moisturizer for my achy hands.

The head?  Hands down, Headache Balm from Owens Acres.  I don’t leave home without it.  In fact, I just ordered five more.  Apply it over your eyes, beneath your nose, behind your ears and breathe it in.    It works so well I don’t have to take pain killers, and I think we all know of that pain that is so miserable we reach for the bottle of ibuprofen.

So!  Even though it’s cold, we can keep the garbage out of our bodies while remaining comfortable.

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A Trip to the Grocery Store…

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English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…well, not just any grocery store.  Chuck’s Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, WA is my go-to place for groceries.  I have many reasons, one being the wonderful ladies and gentlemen behind the deli counter who are so nice to my mom and myself when we shop on Tuesdays.  *waves hello and gives thanks for the pickled onions*

Part of our produce selections was a bag of organic russet potatoes (a half a potato with vegetarian chili chases the winter chill away, fyi) and for the first time in my life I smelled a potato.  Not that I could get away from it.  That bag smelled so earthy, rich and yes, REAL.  Those potatoes smelled as if they were just dug from the ground.  I have purchased potatoes before (many times) but this was the first time that earthy smell really hit me.  Think about it: the ground gave up this delicious, good for you potato.  No added colors, preservatives, chemicals, nothing.  Just potatoes.

For those who don’t eat a whole lot of “real” food, I implore you to become one with the glorious root vegetables that are prevalent this time of year.  Oh, and put down those bags of baby carrots.  Have a real carrot, with the green tops still on.  Carrots are sweet, did you know, and the majority of their nutrients come from the skin and the layer beneath.  Baby carrots are shaved down regular carrots, so the majority of the nutrients were wasted for the ease of convenience.  Wash your carrots, then eat them.  Don’t peel them.

It’s crazy but yes, a bag of potatoes inspired me for this post.  It was a toss-up between the potatoes, or the amazing oranges that were available.  Thin-skinned, easy to peel globes of nutrition.  When I walked into Chuck’s I smelled the oranges before I saw them.  I only got four of them, my mother doesn’t eat oranges because she’s been disappointed once the rind comes off.  Not these.  We have to go back to get more.

Chuck’s isn’t everywhere, sadly.  For those not in the area, check online to see if there is an organic market in your area, then give them a visit.  The earth gives up an abundance of fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and color and beauty.  No big food marketing campaign and replicate what food can do in its natural state.

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