The other night I attended a retirement party for a client of mine, and I noticed something very interesting. The host and hostess (both my clients) did a wonderful job introducing people to each other since there were people from all different pieces of his life there. When they were introducing my husband and I to others at the party, I was introduced as their ‘trainer’, ‘the one who keeps them in shape.’. This is all great and I love that they are excited about their fitness, but that intro immediately led to the other person telling me why they haven’t been exercising, or that they plan to or want to get back to it soon. Or they would laugh about what they had on their plate or try to hide it.
When I am in a social setting I never judge what anyone puts in their mouth or what they do or do not do for exercise. Obviously I want people to be healthy, but they have to do it for themselves, not for me. I just thought it was very interesting how defensive or embarrassed people would get, the second they found out what I did.
On the other side of the table, I sometimes don’t feel that I live up to the title that I’m introduced as. Sure I exercise 5-6 days a week and choose healthy options 90ish percent of the time, but I don’t look like a fitness model and I feel that people think I should sometimes. Those last pounds of baby weight have been stubborn, and breast feeding might not be helping with that, but I’ve been happy to sacrifice my body for my little girl. So I am human too with those same feelings of judgement, even if no one is really judging me. And even if they are, that’s fine, I know my body is healthy and I’m doing the best I can for my baby girl.
Make sure you are doing what you need to do for your health. Others can provide encouragement and motivation, but can not physically place you in the gym or on the trail for a walk, or grab something out of your hand that you were about to put in your mouth that would make those blood sugars spike and crash hard. And if you are avoiding the gym because you feel judged, don’t! Please go in and help your body! Yes there are the body builder type people in the gym, but there are ALOT of everyday people as well. Most trainers and fitness gurus would be happy to see you working at your fitness, no matter where you are starting from.
I know life is crazy busy for many, but health has to be a priority or what would all your hard work be for if you can’t enjoy it.
Questions to ponder and comment:
What has kept you from exercising regularly?
Why is it hard for you to get good nutrition most days?