Yesterday, I joined up at my local gym for the next four weeks. I was really looking forward to getting in a good arm workout… but that didn’t happen.
Here’s something about my gym: a lot of people I know from around town and from my high school years go there. When I was in high school, I definitely wasn’t known as the sporty type, let alone someone who even knew how to hold a weight.
As soon as I walked in and recognized people, I ditched the plan I originally had and hid upstairs where I could do a leg workout using lighter free weights instead.
Why did I do that?! I really don’t know what gets me about seeing people from high school at the gym. I can work out at college around people I know just fine.
I did a lot of thinking about it after I got home. I came to the conclusion that I am self-conscious about what my high school classmates will think of me when they see me at the gym. As much as I dislike it the fact is that it makes me really uncomfortable to have grown out of the stigma of what I may have been considered in high school, even though I am really proud of how far I have come fitness-wise.
I’ve decided that when I want to use the heavier weights in the lifting area, I will hit the gym earlier than my fellow twenty-somethings for now. I know when they like to use the gym from previous experience. BUT – I am going to make a point of it to use those weights when my old classmates are present before the new year starts because, first of all, I pay to use the space just like them, and second, they truly probably don’t even care what I am doing.
I am willing to bet that this scenario is 90% in my head. That’s why I need to overcome the intimidation I feel. We are typically our own worst enemies.
You might think that this fear is silly, and that’s fine. I get it: “Ooooh Angela’s scared of the big bad classmates.” But hear me out.
Today I challenge you to identify something that scares you, even just a little bit, and make a pact with yourself to beat that fear in the next few weeks. It doesn’t have to be food or fitness related – it can be anything. Are you with me?
Question of the Day:
What fear are you going to overcome?
Have you ever felt intimidation stemming from something in your past?