It's been more like 24 days, but I'm almost a woman of my word...so here it is!
I've been noticing something. Something "trending" if you will. And I am guilty of this something, so I can't get too high on my horse. But something happens when you adopt a new fitness regimen. Something happens when you start working out. It's very similar to what happens when you start a new diet. For example, Sunday you loved carbs, now it's Monday, you are on Atkins, and suddenly all other humans who eat carbs are RIDICULOUS...and you are looking at their pictures on instagram of their lasagna like..."Oh my god. HOW can you eat that"?.
You know what I am talking about. Food shaming is an entirely different post though...so I digress...
What I am referring to is workout shaming.
Possible types of popular working outs:
Possible thoughts you (or I) may have had in relation to these popular working outs:
-Running: "Oh yeah...but running is so hard on your body".
-Cycling: "Oh yeah...Cycling is SO expensive."
-Crossfit: "Uh...yeah. You're going to get hurt. Crossfit is for douchebags."
-Personal Training: "I would never PAY someone to show me how to workout."
-Videos: "Yeah...those are fine but I like a REAL workout with REAL weights."
-Weight lifting: "I don't want to look like a man. I'm just into toning."
-Barre: "It's kinda like "sorority girls who lunch". Sorry I don't have time to go in full makeup and work on my toe points.
-Yoga: "Yoga is glorified stretching. It's not a real workout."
-Gym membership: "Why pay for a place to workout when you can do it at home for free?" (You can break this down even further by judging WHAT type of gym membership you have...
Are ya'll scooping what I am pooping? Are you picking up what I'm putting down? What we need to realize is that to each their own. What works for you, what gets you all pumped up, may not be for everyone. I HATE workout videos. I end up standing in my living room staring at the ceiling, or laying in fetal position talking to my dogs. But some people love them. I HATE running. It never became a stress release for me. I never found my runners high. But some people love that shit. And it's okay if some of ya'll lift 3 pound weights and feel satisfied I realize that not all girls want to see their muscles. We are all on a journey (even though there are detours) to find out what will make us healthy. And instead of judging other's for the path they have chosen, we should listen and support. We should lift each other up. We should share in their conversation and try to remove any negative comments we would like to add.
And this takes some practice. At least for me. I have to mentally check myself preeeetttty often. I have to say "No No Amy...hush that negativity." And even if I can't completely stop judging other's and how they workout...like if my brain just WON'T stop talking to me...I can control what comes out of my mouth. Or I can try :)